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Hi! I'm a Chicago-based Designer, Maker, and Artist with a decade of experience in the product design industry in both hard and soft goods. After designing for companies such as Martha Stewart Living, TAG Ltd., and Walgreens, I have started my own label — MK Surface — which combines my love of pattern and color, my wide knowledge of fabrication techniques, and my passion for making, to create surface designs that inspire, transform, and spread joy.


With years of experience on the product design and development side of the industry, I have a unique insight and skill set to design on-trend patterns and illustrations which are engineered for many surfaces and materials and are formatted for easy use by any in-house design team.


I am always looking at nature, architecture, outer space, fashion, objects, textures, and colors. I have traveled around the world and have found inspiration in the amazing things I've seen and people I've met — and I bring all of that inspiration, passion, and knowledge to every project.

Check out some current and past collaborations here!