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Edwina Owens Elliott was born in Chicago, Illinois. She began drawing before starting kindergarten and decided to become a fashion designer by the age of 10. After high school, she was accepted in the Fashion Design program at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York and finished her education with an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Illustration.

As a Senior Art Director at the esteemed Chicago retailer Marshall Field & Co., Edwina created award-winning advertising, working with models Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Beals, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurmond and launching a fresh new talent named Halle Berry. She shot with acclaimed photographers Bob Frame, Marc Hauser, Michael Weinstein and Jerry Avenaim and became Lead Art Director for the luxury retailers’ Children and Juniors division.

As a Freelance Art Director, Illustrator and Graphic Designer in Chicago, Edwina’s client list included Ogilvy & Mather, Leo Burnett, Marshall Field & Co., Bloomingdales, Burrell Communications, Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Sears, Soft Sheen Productions, Montgomery Ward, Nobart Chicago and WGCI Radio.

After moving to Atlanta, GA, Edwina collaborated on print, TV and radio advertising and graphics for the Alliance Theatre Company with Broadway award-winning stage director Kenny Leon and playwrights Elton John & Tim Rice, Janece Shaffer, Debbie Allen and the late August Wilson. She has created book covers for the Penguin Group, art directed and designed national and international consumer and trade advertising and B2B marketing materials for Avlon Industries, Inc. and created collateral and print material for The NAMES Project Foundation-The AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Edwina resides with her husband just outside Atlanta and does not miss the Chicago winters even the tiniest bit.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Crystal Edmonson permalink
    November 28, 2010 7:11 pm


  2. December 2, 2010 1:56 pm

    Amazing!!! You’re one cool lady!

  3. Edwina Owens Elliott permalink
    December 2, 2010 5:46 pm

    Thanks ladies!

  4. December 30, 2010 12:10 pm

    Love the bio! I found your site via a comment on Mediabistro’s FB page. Glad you got away from those harsh winters!

    • December 30, 2010 12:20 pm

      Thanks Alisha. The winters in Ga. are getting a bit more brutal these days, tho’. Earlier this week there was an icicle hanging from my rooftop for 2 whole days!! brrrr…..

  5. January 28, 2011 5:07 pm

    We miss you in Chi town but glad to be connected to you in Atlanta. I love your blog. I’ll add you to my blogroll so I don’t miss a post!


  6. March 9, 2011 2:09 am

    Hi Edwina –
    This is the first time i clicked through to your link from FB. Very impressive my dear! You’ve accomplished quite a bit since our days together at good old Harper High. Congratulations and best wishes on your new endeavor.

  7. May 7, 2011 1:42 pm

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    • June 8, 2011 12:37 pm

      Janae, somehow I missed your comment until now. Thanks for stopping by and checking us out. Hope you’ve been keeping up. There’s been several posts since May 7.

  8. June 8, 2011 12:39 pm

    Love your site! very beautifully put! you just left a comment on my blog (c’est Jolie) about Roshumba and i rushed over here and am happy i did- thank you for viewing my blog

    I know your no longer in Chicago and I will be there in a few weeks for a week (i go often) and would have loved to pick your brain as I’m an aspiring Art Director myself-

    any tips or places i should goto while I’m there please feel free to email me

    again, great site!

    • June 8, 2011 12:51 pm

      Thank you Sam. I’m really no longer up on the happenings in Chicago but I understand that things are really popping in Bronzeville these days. Restaurants, boutiques, nightlife. all of that. When I lived in Chicago, you wouldn’t ride down the streets of this area for fear of your life and now, well, it’s a brand new day.

      I just subscribed to your blog too! It’s so festive and colorful with great diversity, which is missing on so many others. Kudos! And enjoy Chicago. It’s a beautiful city.

  9. Nova permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:17 am

    hello Edwina.
    you are awesome. i love your site!!
    it’s could give me many inspiration for my illustration art (fashion).
    could u help me?? i hope can be a friend with you.
    thank you^^


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