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Meet Noelle Valencia

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

Noelle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I think I have always loved to make things, especially from unconventional materials and whatever resources I had already available. My creativity has always translated into everything that I do because I believe it’s the best way to share my love with others. From hand making my own toys as a kid to hand making all of my presents for my loved ones, I always chose to do it myself. Creating by hand is like a puzzle where you’re either making something to solve a problem or creating something you want/need. That’s been a challenge I get excited about till today.

My visual sense and artistic ability was something that I built upon as I grew older when I realized it was my favorite form of communication. But art was always just a love of mine, not a practical reality. I went into college as a Biology major, with aspirations to have a career in botany or medicine. Despite doing well in classes, I was really unhappy after a year and I knew what was missing- artistic application. I completely dropped the major because I knew it wasn’t where my heart was. I was lucky enough to stumble upon my current major, Industrial Design, which is a major many (including myself when I initially found it) are unfamiliar with.

Industrial Designers are creative problem solvers that apply mechanical engineering and human-centered design ideals to innovate systems and products. I am blessed to have found a practice that allows me to improve people’s lifestyles through beauty and art. It’s such a unique balance of technical skills and creative freedom. What brings me satisfaction in this field is my ability to take an idea from a mere thought all the way to actual fabrication. I make it a point to translate my love for the world into every product, space, or system I design.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been a few challenges in my growth as a designer and artist. Moving out to Los Angeles/ Long Beach for school without knowing anyone when I was 18 was challenging, and at that time being unhappy with the major I had committed to only made it more difficult. It definitely built up my independence and helped me realize certain things don’t work out to make room for the better. My personal challenge has always been my confidence in anything that I do, believing in myself and my craft has always been an obstacle for me. There are alot of instances where my doubt has caused me to turn away from an opportunity or cause me to not do as well as I could of because I didn’t trust myself. But as I continue to excel, I realize the harder I work and the more risks I take, the more confidence I have the right to own.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Design by Noelle Valencia – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and creative problem solver. I take pride in being able to draw from a variety of skillsets to make a limitless spectrum of things. I want to be that designer that people can go to with any idea and I can make it a reality, no matter what it is. My style is bold and colorful, and I take alot of inspiration from nature.

I paint and illustrate both digitally and on various physical mediums. I have participated in many local art shows between my two homes, The Bay and Long Beach. Through my involvement in the music scene in LA and the Bay Area, I have created artwork for album covers, logos, and show flyers. On my own time, I always have some type of DIY project of painting I’m working on. I also have technical skills in 3D and CAD modeling, product prototyping, and 3D printing. My most recent internship was a summer job with Warner Bros. Television Marketing as a design intern on their Creative Services team. My most recent consultant work has been as the 3D designer for Amuse: Coney Island Art Walls, modeling and rendering a festival for the event that actually happened this past summer. Experiential design and space design is what has been most interesting to me so far because it’s amazing to see people actually experience my work.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As I finish up school in the Industrial Design Studio Program at LBSU, I hope to continue to add to my skillset. I will to continue to bring people’s ideas to life as well as my own. I am open to the possibilities of what I can design, as long as it continues to help or bring joy to people.

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1 Comment

  1. Robert McKenna

    October 9, 2019 at 13:52

    Fantastic woman great talent. I have seen Noelle’s work first hand and I like many are impressed with Noelle’s work.

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