I’m an artist, designer, educator, farmer and I’m always up for a great adventure. I still think secret handshakes are cool. I think that the small everyday moments are more incredible than the every once-in-awhile spectacular moments. And I believe that ordinary everyday people can make extraordinary differences in the world.

My name is Kelly. I live part time on an acre of land (with my dog Etta Blue) just outside of Chicago where I'm building a small urban farm. When I’m not farming I draw, design, take pictures, paint, cook, travel, build community gardens and teach undergrad design at Indiana University Northwest. I'm the Content and Programming Director for the SF/Chicago Hike Conferences and the NYC Secret Handshake Conference. I also get to work with amazing people and communities through my work as the Director of the Public Design Cooperative at IU Northwest, Director of Communications for AIGA Chicago, and as a Programming Chair on the Board of Directors for EPIC (Engaging Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives). I'm always up for collaboration projects and meeting new people! Please drop me a line and say hello.

I'm always up for collaboration projects + meeting new people! You can see my latest hijinks on Flickr. You can also find me on Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter + Facebook.

Feel free to drop me a line and say hello!

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All listening data I record in conjunction with my posted images is part of another long-term ongoing research project I'm working on.

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    concrete4 says:

    "when i learn to type emotions
    i'll write something here"

    February 1st, 2010

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    Edward Olive Actor Photographer Fotografo Madrid says:

    "really super oldschool feel polaroids"

    November 25th, 2008

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    crowded books says:

    "i went thru
    the entire bloody stretch
    and all i got to say is that,

    "you have come a long way , baby."

    and worth every single click.
    [pun intended]."

    May 9th, 2008

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    drew... says:

    "she's just damn good... to elaborate, i love her minimalistic approach to her shots. if i had to choose one word to encapsulate why i love her work so, it would be "zen". it seems like every abstract shot is perfectly balanced, if that makes any sense. plus if you go through her flickr portfolio and read the descriptions... she clearly has excellent taste in music."

    March 13th, 2008

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    Lala Lulu says:

    "when i look at your interests, its like looking at my itunes library or my movie collection....."

    December 23rd, 2007

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    fitzhughfella says:

    "I particularly like the originality of girl.x's polaroid work. She is continually experimenting, asking questions and pushing back boundaries with her quirky eye for a picture. I always appreciate looking at her stream if only trying to puzzle out where she is coming from and where she hopes to go to. Unconventional, provocative even but, always enjoyable."

    November 11th, 2007

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    common hill says:

    "first time i saw her photos i was shocked. there was so much poetry and intuition in her shoots. she still got it, and she doesnt want to lost this.
    sense of perispective and geometry, and all this attention to details and lights. she doesnt take pictures to remember, she shoots to freeze a feeling. her photos are made of colors and shapes and shadows.
    now that everyone can be a photographer, she shows us what a photographer can be now: a modern painter.
    she is one of my favourite, and her work a true inspiration for me."

    November 5th, 2007

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    Gregory Johnson says:

    "is the best!"

    October 12th, 2007

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    incredible bubble says:

    "According to fonts.com, the Romans appropriated the ‘x’ sound from the Chalcidian alphabet and represented it with the “chi” of the Ionic alphabet, which consisted of two diagonally crossed strokes. This letter became the prototype for both the capital and lowercase X we use today.

    So... how does that relate to girl.x and photography? I'm not exactly sure, but I do know that she takes some very thought-provoking photographs and is the queen of the polaroid. So there."

    May 10th, 2007

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