Bailey Quillin Cooper

  • Portland, OR

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Bailey Quillin Cooper is an illustrator, children's book author, doll-maker, costumer, and Halloween enthusiast who hails from the sticky swamps of Florida and Georgia. Some of her greatest inspirations growing up were Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Muppets, Grimm's fairytales, Brian and Wendy Froud, loud and obnoxious rock n' roll music, and scary stories of any kind. She enjoys working with traditional art mediums to create all of her portraits and caricatures, strange beasts and monsters, enchanted cottages and haunted woods. After meeting her husband at The Savannah College of Art & Design and spending some time in Atlanta, Bailey relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2014. It was there that she began working on a holiday children's book entitled, "Kris & Krampus Kringle", which she wrote, illustrated, crowd-funded, and self-published in December of 2016. Bailey also works as an art instructor and sign artist.
You can visit her work-in-progress blog at:
https://kringleforest.wordpress.com/

Experience

Painting Instructor at Vine Gogh LLC

September 2015 – Present Sellwood and Tigard studios in Portland, Oregon area

In addition to working as a store sign and display designer for Trader Joe’s, I am also working part-time as a painting instructor at a local Portland art studio. The company is called Vine Gogh and currently there are studios in two locations, one in Sellwood and one in Tigard. I have been teaching step-by-step painting classes (think Bob Ross) that are roughly three hours long to both small groups and classes of 40 people. The age of my student’s varies greatly, so I have taught children, adults, and even some rowdy birthday and bachelorette parties! Currently I have only taught acrylic painting on canvas to my students but once the second studio in Tigard has been built I hope to branch out into teaching and designing classes in other mediums, like arts & crafts, illustration, and sculpture.

Sign Artist at Trader Joe’s

September 2014 – Present Beaverton, OR

I transferred from an Atlanta store where I had worked for five years to a store in Beaverton, Oregon, but my position remains the same: I am a full time sign and display artist; I am part of the in-store art and design team. Within our very small art team, I conceptualize and create all advertising art and visual displays for our monthly Fearless Flyer campaigns, I hand-letter and hand-draw all shelf signs, chalkboards, and permanent signage, artwork, and murals in my store. I also design and create large scale three-dimensional mobiles, decorations, and cutout characters for every rotating campaign, season, holiday, and event, while always keeping track of incoming sign requests, emergency display changes, art supply inventory, and dividing the workload within the art department. It’s a job many don’t even realize exists, but all those handmade, colorful signs and decor that you always see at Trader Joe’s had to come from somewhere!

Sign Artist at Trader Joe’s

April 2009 – August 2014 Atlanta, GA

I was a full time sign and display artist; part of the in-store art and design team. Within our very small art team, I conceptualized and created all advertising art and visual displays for our monthly Fearless Flyer campaigns, I hand-lettered and hand-drew all shelf signs, chalkboards, and permanent signage, artwork, and murals in my store. I also designed and created large scale three-dimensional mobiles, decorations, and cutout characters for every rotating campaign, season, holiday, and event, while always keeping track of incoming sign requests, emergency display changes, art supply inventory, and dividing the workload within the art department. It’s a job many don’t even realize exists, but all those handmade, colorful signs and decor that you always see at Trader Joe’s had to come from somewhere!

Studio Assistant at Thomas Arvid Fine Art

October 2008 – May 2009 Acworth, GA

I embellished fine art prints, painted resin sculptures, and assisted with the general running of the art studio and print ordering process. When I found out that I would be leaving the studio to work at my new job Trader Joe’s, I trained my replacement studio artist and assisted in developing different painting techniques for the prototype of a large-scale, hand-painted resin sculpture product.

Corporate Artist/Production Team Member at Creating Pride

August 2008 – February 2009 Atlanta, GA

Corporate Artist: I taught art to children in inner-city Atlanta schools as they worked on their "Patchwork Paintings," which are large-scale collaborative works that are composed of smaller squares for each child (resembling a quilt.) The paintings were commissioned by major corporations and the proceeds went to the participating schools for art supplies.

Production Team Member: I assisted with the setting up and running of company events, namely Creating Pride’s ArtsNow! Workshops, which are teacher workshops that promote creative lesson plans and the integration of the arts with teaching methods.

Education

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Major in Illustration at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)

2004 – 2008 Savannah, GA

Clients

Trader Joe's, NAACP Atlanta, J'adore Magazine, Creating Pride, Johnson Controls, Parents and Kids Magazine

Specialties

PortraitureCaricatureCharacter DesignCharacter SculptureFantasy ArtChildren's Book IllustrationCostuming

Skills

illustrationdrawingpaintingsculpturedollmakingminiaturesportraiturecaricaturecharacter designcostumingprop fabricationstoryboardingFX makeupbrandingadvertising art