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Kristen Tool

Website: https://www.facebook.com/kristentooltextiles
Email: kristen.tool@gmail.com

As a kid Kristen spent a lot of time at her parent’s craft shows throughout Vermont and New England making friendship bracelets and sewing a million stuffed cats with embroidered faces. As an adult she has moved on to fiber arts, jewelry, book and paper craft and detailed illustrations. In 2008 she graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with her BFA in Textile and Fashion Design. She quickly realized teaching was as much a passion as art itself and went back to school for Early Childhood Education. In 2011 Kristen returned home to the beautiful Berkshires where she currently works at Williams College Children’s Center as a School Age and Enrichment Teacher.

For her illustrations Kristen uses a variety of materials including watercolor, pen and ink, brush markers and colored pencil. Nature, specifically relating to trees and birds, has always been an inspiration to her. Along with influence drawn from the Earth there are elements of social justice and strong positive messages in many of her pieces. Kristen is currently working on an illustrated book featuring original drawings of whimsical ‘kid quotes’ from her many experiences with children.