Heather Day grew up in Hawaii and along the east coast of the United States, finally moving to San Francisco after graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history. Her background in travel and culture encouraged her to see more of the world, where she discovered a connection to nature—her main source of inspiration.
Day’s art is a form of visual storytelling interested in conveying moments of interactions. She works primarily with paint and non-traditional materials, and is known for her murals. The philosophy that everything is a product of an experience frames each work, conveying stories of movement and ideas of color through seams,lines, and layers.
Art and design are two parallel disciplines—both projecting unique perspectives and motivations, yet constantly affecting and influencing each other. By examining the practices, careers, and opinions of our panel of artists, designers, and connectors, we’ll talk creative process to seek answers to questions like—What are the drivers behind your creative process? Why and how should design embrace art more deeply? How can we increase art patronage? And, at what point does design become art? Moderated by In/Visible Talks Co-Founder Arianna Orland, we’ll delve deeper into the facets, patterns, and future of the creative process.
Heather Day Artist
Kelli is an artist/designer and tinkerer who is always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences. She draws, photographs, cuts, prints, codes, and creates a variety of designed things for herself and others. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends here in her studio which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions.
The craft of design taps into a sophisticated—and uniquely human—way that our senses “feel-out" problems. When we push to assess material resistance, squint to gauge contrast, or stand back to feel the emotional impact of a design, we are using a give-and-take tinkering logic to make sense of our world. Because of this, design can be a radically firsthand approach to finding new possibilities hiding in the experiences (and materials) that we most take for granted. In this talk, Kelli will primarily focus on her experimental projects, where she pushes paper to its functional limits.