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Seeing Red:
The Stories and Symbols of Little Red Riding Hood

 

2015 MFA
Art Direction: Paul Kepple
Photography: Elena Dimi

Little Red Riding Hood, a classic European fairy tale, has a complicated cultural history. This scholarly collection includes three versions of her story written by the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Roald Dahl. An introductory book describes the influences of folklore and symbolism of her life, referring to various published and academic works. Each version of her story includes self-authored annotations.

As the series is focused on Little Red’s evolving image, the wolf (who historically represents sins beyond the physical animal) is never shown clearly. His shadow lingers in various illustrations, and his coat makes up the slipcase which contains the books. Each version of Little Red’s story was assigned a symbol. Die-cuts of those symbols hint at the meaning inside the slip case. A red introductory book explains the importance of folklore as a way of preserving culture, and includes larger areas of symbolism that pertain to all three versions of Little Red Riding Hood.

Charles Perrault 1612

The Brothers Grimm 1892

Roald Dahl 1982

In addition to the portrait and spot illustrations inside each book, every story also contains an illustrated quote that speaks to that version’s symbolic and visual tone.

Although my current home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I’ve had the pleasure of working with people locally and internationally, including Landor Associates in Hamburg, Germany, and House9 Design, in Montreal, Canada.

As a visual designer, I’m concerned with impacting markets and social groups in a positive way through thoughtful research and cultural perspective. My academic work and educational background reflects my appreciation for perspective. As a student, I studied visual anthropology and German while actively working towards a degree in Graphic Design at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, USA.

My personal interests in the field involve the relationship between people and materials produced for them, exploring object culture through reinterpreting artifacts. I’m drawn to the differences between commercial goods and the meaning embodied in their forms, designing things typically discarded and reimagining those materials when they aren’t.

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branding, illustration, print design, website design, research, copywriting