I’m a creative goof who loves to play and geek out over anything artsy. I’ve worn many hats: executive director, waste reduction coordinator, marketer, stay-at-home mom, zinester, graphic designer, artist, activist, and radio oddball. I’m the happiest being curious and creating. I work hard to find the balance of creating and consumption and enjoying creating art from things that others would consider trash. I hope to inspire others to find creative solutions to mass-produced, needless stuff, while encouraging others to embrace their creativity. Some projects I work on include: Repair Fair & Share,  Free Art Friday, Community Swaps, Salem Puppet Parade, Trashion, Community Supported Arts&Culture, and Salem Sketchers.

Background: My passion for art drew me to the University of Oregon where I graduated with a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Visual Design. After that, I worked as a marketing coordinator at the University of Oregon. I’ve been a freelance designer since 2003. In 2009 I started teaching free community craft nights and in 2010 I opened DIY Studio from my home studio. In 2012 DIY Studio morphed into a non-profit creative reuse center in Salem, Oregon. In April of 2014 DIY Studio closed its doors and I moved on to work full-time to promote waste reduction. My passion of art and sustainability continues, and I look forward to exploring more ways to fuse art and marketing to make the world a better place.

Jessica Ramey
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