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Empowered Embroidery is part of a series of Art Makers series published by Quarto. Learn to sketch and stitch strong, recognizable women from all walks of life. Featuring sketching and illustration instructions, basic stitches, embroidery techniques, and projects with portraits of famous women, this book is a must-have tool for hands-on artists and crafters.  embroidery empowered women portrait women illustrator characterdesign book craft RBG Rutbadeginsburg fridkahlo woman feminine

Amy L. Frazer
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Amy L. Frazer, Design and Illustration

illustration of Cut paper collage portrait of Malala Yousafzai, advocate for girls' rights with Jasmine flowers, the national flower of Pakistan.

yellow, floral, flowers, cut paper, collage, painted paper collage, face , portrait illustration, white flowers, jasmine, green leaves, blue background brown hair Pakistan Girls advocate mixed media editorial people botanical headscarf hijab
illustration of Published by Quarto. Learn to sketch and stitch strong, recognizable women from all walks of life. Featuring sketching and illustration instructions, basic stitches, embroidery techniques, and projects with portraits of famous women, this book is a must-have tool for hands-on artists and crafters.  Frida Kahlo

embroidery empoweredwomen women  illustrator  book craft frida frida kahlo woman floral thread needle crown flowercrown lettering typography type frida
illustration of Published by Quarto. Learn to sketch and stitch strong, recognizable women from all walks of life. Featuring sketching and illustration instructions, basic stitches, embroidery techniques, and projects with portraits of famous women, this book is a must-have tool for hands-on artists and crafters.  

embroidery empoweredwomen women  illustrator   book craft RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg frida kahlo woman floral thread needle crown flowercrown frida
illustration of Portrait in a personal series of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Handlettered quotes. Painted with gouache and finished in Photoshop. 

Handlettering Lettering Ruth Bader Ginsburg Red justice, quotes, painting, hand painted, pattern, decorative, editorial, magazine, portrait, celebrity black robe white collar jabot word bubble neck glasses portrait feminist icon notorious rbg
illustration of I met Wilsey at an orphanage in Kenya and we did a series of portraits of all the kids to print in a book.  We interviewed all of the children. The original works of art were given to the children to keep. Josie Man was the director of the non-profit Soulfari Kenya who I traveled with. 

Cut paper collage portrait lettering type  watercolor texture, boy African  Simple  Drawing schoolboy butterfly, pilot, dream, student, orphan, orphanage
illustration of Boy in a Barbershop was created with pen and ink and collage letters. I illustrated a poem by Philip Levine, To a Child Trapped in a Barbershop.  Pen and Ink, Collage, Black and White, Razor, shave, haircut, boy, scissors, trapped, linework,barbershop, haircut, ink, cut paper, ink wash
illustration of
illustration of Holiday Foods Are the Weirdest Foods. Holiday Foods Are the Worst Foods. Interior illustration for my local newspaper The Portland Mercury. 


Illustration cheese log snowman fish candy pie mince meat pie holly festive celebration red green holiday food  editorial cooking kitchen snacks  crackers newspaper, magazine, foodie food illustration gouache photoshop, handpainted, holiday, christmas  winter  meal traditions
animation of Santa is a very talented guy! He juggles so many things - presents, the reindeer, world wide travel!   Great for use on websites, products for children like books, wrapping paper, greeting cards, textiles, fabric and more!


presents santa claus ornament tree holly christmas jolly festive animated gif animation snow let it snow juggling juggler
illustration of Greeting card Home for the Holidays

Handpainted stockings candy canes mint candies tree limb holly Greeting card navy traditional Home tree stripes red and green pink hand lettering type painted festive holiday spirit greetings
illustration of Greeting card image -Warm Winter Wishes. Available for licensing or  commission. 

Oranges spices warm warmth holiday festive greetings cinnamon succulents plants gardening holiday spirit floral mixed media gouache photoshop collage
illustration of Personal project illustrating lots of fruits and veggies with gouache and finished in Illustrator and Photoshop. 
fruit, vegetables, foodie, food illustration, berries, figs, tomato, strawberry, digital collage, photoshop, illustrator, hand painting, gouache, pen and ink garden gardening food packaging strawberry farm to table recipe cookbook
illustration of Personal project illustrating lots of fruits and veggies with gouache and finished in Illustrator and Photoshop. 
fruit, vegetables, foodie, food illustration, cookbook, watermelon, orange, lemon, lime, cantaloupe, broccoli, kiwi, blueberry, asparagus, recipe,  digital collage, photoshop, illustrator, hand painting, gouache, pen and ink garden gardening food packaging farm to table recipe cookbook
illustration of Personal project illustrating lots of fruits and veggies with gouache and finished in Illustrator and Photoshop. 
fruit, vegetables, foodie, food illustration, cookbook, beets, cherries, cherry, radish, wallpaper, digital collage, photoshop, illustrator, hand painting, gouache, pen and ink recipe garden gardening food packaging farm to table healthy recipe cookbook
illustration of Swarm of Bees! Watercolor, digital, illustrator, pattern , pattern design, brown, yellow, black, swarm, ink, pen and ink, bumblebee, gouache,
illustration of 2 Color Risograph created to show the beauty of this deadly plant. 

Oleander plant plant lady pattern design surface design line art botanical deadly plant pink teal detailed texture indoor plant flowering toxic border design risk risograph silkscreen killer
illustration of Personal piece exploring flora in 2 colors. 

pink green leaves forest garden watercolor dreamy background colored pencil
illustration of Vintage tin container with white flowers. 

Hello friend greeting card floral flowers white green stripes navy blue centerpiece green leaves
illustration of Series of drawings I started while my boyfriend looks for records. We visit a lot of record stores. 
Black and white, record, record store, plants, stacks,  environment, shopping, Color, colored pencil, travel, shopping, line drawing
illustration of Series of drawings I started while my boyfriend looks for records. We visit a lot of record stores. 

record, record store, plants, stacks, environment, shopping, Color, colored pencil, travel, shopping, line drawing, Editorial, environment, botanical, plants, green, digital,
illustration of Series of colored pencil drawings created digitally.

plants, stacks, flowers, floral, environment, Color, colored pencil, travel, shopping, line drawing, Editorial, environment, botanical, plants, green, digital,
illustration of Embroidered artwork for Seed Packet with Hudson Valley Seed Co. (http://hudsonvalleyseed.com/stinging-nettle.html)   thread, embroidery, stinging nettle, stitch, crown, swan, texture, publishing, plant, herb,  herbal, medicinal, book cover, editorial, storytelling, earth, plant, needle
illustration of Embroidered Illustration for Hudson Valley Seed Co seed packet. Featuring the story of the Stinging Nettle. Embroidery, storytelling, stitching, seed packet, packaging, Fabric, Watercolor
illustration of Do More of What Makes You Happy, pattern design, type, hand lettering, typography,  Pink, black and white, Inspirational, pattern, water color, ink, Gouache
illustration of Image depicting my feeling as I go into 2018. Hands, Type, Typography, Words, illustration, digital, 2018, editorial, photoshop, color illustration, lifework,
illustration of Digital Collage using photographs and my own drawings. Hand, flower, floral, key, bright nature, arm, bright, colorful, burst, zinnia, daisy, artery, palm, stripes, blue, orange, psychedelic
illustration of I only have eyes for you image for Valentine's day Greeting Card.  Eyes, Doily, Lace, Eye, Heart
illustration of Gouache and colored pencil paintings. These were used to create embroidery designs. 
Gouache, watercolor, grid, yellow, green, orange, butterfly, painting,
illustration of
illustration of Artwork created for a group show, Day of the Dead, using only thread.   

Embroidery, thread, painting, skull, flowers, floral, color, botanicals, Day of the Dead, death, dia de la muertos, black and white, stitch, lace, pattern, flower, sewing, people, portrait
illustration of Artwork created for a group show, Day of the Dead, using only thread.   

Embroidery, thread, painting, skull, flowers, floral, color, botanicals, Day of the Dead, death, dia de la muertos, black and white, stitch, lace, pattern, flower, sewing, people, portrait
illustration of Series of drawings I started while my boyfriend looks for records. We visit a lot of record stores. 
Black and white, record, record store, plants, stacks,  environment, shopping, pen and ink, black and white, line drawing
illustration of Illustrations for soda packaging. Art direction and graphic design/ package design by Steve Jarvis.
https://www.drinkshrub.com/store/

Soda, packaging, beverage, orange, lemongrass, mint, coconut, illustration, line, linear, illustrator, digital

Profile

Amy L. Frazer is an illustrator, pattern and product designer living and dreaming in Portland, OR. She specializes in creating digitally manipulated images from her traditional drawings and paintings. Trained as a fine artist and illustrator at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), she spent over 15 years working as a product designer at small and large companies such as Galerie Au Chocolat, Old Navy and spent 11 years at Nike. She now works as a full time freelance artist in Portland. She specializes in watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, pattern design, Illustrator and Photoshop, embroidery and collage and loves to combine these techniques to create something fresh. She is interested in creating art for almost any application including food and beverage packaging, magazine and newspaper editorials, toys and games, lettering, interior decoration, home décor, book covers and interior illustrations, the list goes on forever! Her goal is to create artwork and patterns that her clients can utilize to bring their products and stories to life. Amy brings with her years of product creation experience and professionalism. Through her work she tries to capture the beauty of the world around us and embellish it with her personal mark making.

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Animation, Black & White, Collage, Colored Pencil, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Gouache, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Logo Design, Mixed Media, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Photoillustration, Stylized, Texture, Type Design, Watercolor, Decorative, Floral, Pattern, Whimsical, Concept Art

Subject/Specialties

Book Covers, Botanical, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Editorial, Family, Food, Greeting Cards, Health, Holidays, Landscape, Licensing, Mural, Nature, Packaging, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Science, Scientific, Still Life, Textiles, Toys & Games, Travel, Web Illustration, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Spiritual, Ethnic, Edgy, Environmental, Surface Design