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Meet Noelle Martin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noelle Martin.

Hi Noelle, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
After graduating from FIDM, I got a job as a design assistant for a local clothing company. I quickly realized that fast fashion and I did not mix and decided to take all the illustration experience I had garnered and venture out on my own. I started illustrating stationary and custom invitations which eventually led to coming up with ways to wear my little creations. Years of internalized hyper-independence and DIY ethic meant I needed to make everything myself as much as possible, which then led to weird self-taught techniques and lots of trial and error.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My mental illness is an ever-present enemy to my plan for world domination. After the birth of my first child, my mental health took a turn for the worse and my I thought my design career had essentially ended. After years of trying to kickstart my will to rejoin the land of the living, I slowly started to draw again. It’s been touch-and-go in the years since but I’m learning to manage through therapy, medication, and pure gumption.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m an illustrator that offers original art prints and stickers. A lot of my work is seemingly cute on the surface but when you pay attention the message is often more radical than one would expect. I also make hand-painted enamel pins and design many other fun accessories. Almost every pin and accessory I create is cut in my home from either hardwood or acrylic and hand-painted with enamel paints using tiny needles. I take lots of pride in my DIY spirit and small-batch craftsmanship and my ability to be my own manufacturer gives me the opportunity to turn an idea into a final product in just a few hours the night before exhibiting at an event.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Capitalism is terrible for everyone.

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