Hi, I'm Paige.
I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and sometimes video editor based in Washington, D.C.
Children often make up stories, or codes, or secret languages and handshakes. Anything can be used to convey meaning, and coding and decoding symbols is fundamental to being human. Language is arbitrary by nature, and relies on context and shared understanding to function.
My approach to design is the same.
I seek to use movement and narrative to give meaning to seemingly arbitrary forms. Individual context is everything. I apply this even to my more abstract design work— implying relationships between forms. A shape can have a character, a feeling, a life, if I give it the space to have one. It is my goal to give the viewer the tools to interpret those relationships as a story.
I inject movement and life into my work, even if it is still. That, to me, is an intrinsically human thing to do. To move something unmoving, to place meaning onto something arbitrary, to project emotions onto objects is to be human. To me, these are all basic parts of the human experience. They show the empathetic bounds humans are capable of. To create something out of what I once thought was nothing is art to me.
My work is digital. Yet it tends to draw on organic features to give pieces nostalgia and authenticity. The endless possibilities found in programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate allow me to build a narrative piece by piece. On occasion, I will jump to AfterEffects and other animation software to bring my work even more to life.