Dear23, aka Dawn Marshall, is a Graphic Designer and Fiber/Needlework Artist based in Northern California. She currently spends most of her time designing book interiors and covers for Sudden Insight Publishing.
Dawn stumbled upon Graphic Design at the Clark College Head Start program in the late 80's, and fell in love with it. She intended to start a career in design and decided to go to the Art Institute to further her education; sadly, she lost her funding a week before school was scheduled to start, lost her mojo, and strayed from her love of design for nearly 20 years. She jumped at the chance to get back into design when her partner started Sudden Insight Publishing in July of 2014, and has been back in the groove ever since. She uses Adobe InDesign & Photoshop to design interiors and covers for ebook & print, as well as any graphic components for advertising. Dawn specializes in book covers heavy on typography, with simple eye-catching graphics (think Lit Fic).
Dawn hasn't had much time to work on Fiber/Needlework Art since signing on with SIP, but when she does have a few minutes to spare she tends to reach for an embroidery hoop. She is a huge fan of using old sheets, curtains, and clothing in her art, and often uses items that have meaning or memory; for instance, "Vortex 1" is made almost entirely of old clothing from old relationships gone sour, contributing to the theme of loss of control. She is currently working on an embroidery project inspired by David Bowie, and hopes to have it completed sometime in the next two years.