Abby Leigh Johnson

Freelance Fashion Illustrator & Stationery Designer

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
Abby Leigh Johnson is an artist/surface designer looking for freelance work in the textile/fashion industry.


2010 MFA in Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2007 BFA in Fashion, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Design Skills: Fashion Illustration, Textile Rendering, Surface Design, Screen Printing, Embroidery, Dye, Pattern Drafting, Draping, Garment Construction, Accessory Design, Beading, Knitting, Crocheting, Felting

Computer Skills: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, MS Office

Relevant Experience

2011 - Current
Seamstress, BelloBerry Designs, Evanston, IL
Handbag Construction

2010 - Current
Instructor, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Fashion Illustration, Textile Design, Apparel Design Studio, Fashion Theory

2010 - Current
Teaching Assistant of Fashion Department, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Maintained clothing construction lab and machines; Assisted students with flat pattern, sewing, draping, tailoring, and illustration projects; Worked with flat pattern and clothing construction teachers during class time; Planned substitute teaching for faculty, Assisted with fashion shows

2008 Internship, Working Class Studio, Savannah, GA
Created textile designs in Illustrator and Photoshop for rugs, handbags, fabric boxes, melamine plates, lampshades and fabric yardage; Assisted with product packaging; Worked in the studio creating dye and screen printing samples for products; My designs were chosen for stationery products

2006 Freelance Work, Designed Wedding Dress, Chicago, IL
Sketched several designs and drafted basic pattern; Constructed dress in muslin for fittings and drafted final pattern

2003-04 Studio Assistant of Fashion Department, College of DuPage, Glenn Ellyn, IL
Maintained sewing machines, supplies and prepared studios for class; Assisted with fashion shows


Outlining the Past, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hall Street Gallery, Savannah, GA
Small Works, Juried Exhibition, Gustein Gallery, Savannah, GA
Ravenswood ArtWalk, Group Trunk Show, Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL
Love Day Trunk Show, Juried Trunk Show, Fabrika, Savannah, GA
Blind Proxy, Group Exhibition, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA
Fibers Open Studio, Juried Exhibition, Pepe Hall, Savannah, GA
Cobblestone Connections, Group Trunk Show, Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA

deFINE ART, Juried Exhibition, River Club, Savannah, GA
Stitch Spectacular, National Juried Exhibition, Dimensions Gallery, Savannah, GA
Jurors: Grace Bonney, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Torrey Stifel

Fibers Open Studio, Juried Exhibition, Gordon Hall, Savannah, GA

2010 Outlining the Past, Savannah College of Art and Design, Permanent Collection

2010 Encore Series (nominee) Savannah College of Art and Design
2007 Savannah College of Art and Design Fellowship
2004 Savannah College of Art and Design Portfolio Scholarship
2003 Best use of Trims & Embellishments in College of DuPage Fashion Show

2010 Art Institute of Chicago, Volunteer in the Fashion Resource Room at SAIC, Chicago, IL
SOFA, Volunteer for the Surface Design Association, Chicago, IL

Member of Surface Design Association, American Craft Council, Art Institute of Chicago, Cinema | Chicago, Crafthaus, and Society of North American Goldsmiths