"If I'm the sum of all my friends, then all my friends are some of me. If you're some way just like them, then I am you, to some degree." The Matches, You (Don't Know)
Originally from Kansas City (Missouri, not Kansas), Jess grew up as an only child until the magical day she became a big sister, at the age of 13. She tried her hand at sports, including softball and volleyball, but never quite fully grasped the idea of being a pro-athlete. It is within her own creativity she learned to express herself and interpret the world around her. She had toyed with the idea of becoming perhaps an architect or maybe a cast member for SNL, until the realization had sunk in that architecture was all too mathematical and SNL, well, was in New York, a bit too far from home for someone who had never even visited. Finally, registration for sophomore year of high school had begun and her guidance counselor had notified her that the cooking class was full. Bummer. Instead, she opted for Graphic Design I and immediately gained attention from her teachers and peers as to how easily it all seemed to come. Jess had found her calling! She went on to graduate with honors and move to the big city of Chicago.
Jess received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, Illinois in March 2012. Since, she has worked with agencies such as Two by Four in Chicago, Illinois and worked as a graphic designer at a marketing production company, Tukaiz, LLC, in Franklin Park, Illinois, until November 2014. Through her experience, she has worked with numerous clients, the most notable being Levy Restaurants, Frito Lay, Inc., USO of Metropolitan New York, KFC, NJOY Electronic Cigarettes, and Church's Chicken. Her work has been seen in Walmart, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Chicago's Wrigley Field, New York City's Times Square, and multiple arenas, convention centers, and stadiums across the country. Jess was also Creative Director of Alice Galleries, hosting fine art gallery events in Chicago and Islesboro, Maine. She has since moved back to Kansas City, where her latest endeavors include launching her own creative studio, Sevenelle Creative, as a name for her freelance, and also accepting a position as Graphic Designer with Quartermaster Marketing in downtown Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.
She is passionate about the world around her and is always looking for a new adventure or goal to achieve. Frequently seen with iPhone in hand, she enjoys the sweetest indulgences of life, including photography, laughter, green tea, and travel. A self-proclaimed "type-nerd", she is infatuated with typography and the relationships between characters and ligatures. Always available for conversations and lunch dates, Jess enjoys meeting new people and learning of their journey.
WHAT'S WITH THE "A , B, C" THING?
Back in college, Jess was given an assignment to create a self promotional campaign of print collateral that could later be used as personal branding, specifically for upcoming graduation. After several sketches and ideas that clearly just wouldn't work, Jess stumbled upon a solution that was both simple and seemingly obvious, yet innovative. You see, Jess' initials are JKL (that of her father's) and when used in alphabetical order, HI, JKL just seemed like the perfect greeting. So, Jess began to use this as her personal branding along with Jessthatsme. Of course, her personal identity has evolved over the years, but some pieces remain cohesive into the brand you see today.