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Versatile art & design

 Inspired by the natural world and informed by contemporary design, freelance artist & designer Mihr Danae brings a hand-crafted approach to a versatile range of projects.

Sylvan Designs has enhanced the images of local businesses, grass-roots organizations and creative enterprises since 2014. 

Services & Capabilities

Custom Logo Design

Branding & Identity Design

Document Design for print & web

Murals & Hand-painted Signs

Packaging & Product Labels

Signs, Posters & Chalkboards

Illustration & Album Art

Community-Based Art Projects

Custom Painting 

Select marketing & web-development

Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign. 

Artists Bio

Drawing dreams since I was a little one, I dabble in vibrant images from the natural to the fantastic. From graphite, ink and paint- to textiles, clay and now pixels, I enjoy versatility and find great pleasure in sharing my craft with others. My training is in fine arts with a focus on design and utilitarian craft. I bring this to others through education, community-based art, and a hand-hewn approach to art & design. 

 

Education

Parsons School of Design at the New School, New York, NY. Certificate in Graphics Design.

Vermont College, Montpelier, VT. BA in Studio Art, Therapeutic Arts and Community-based Education.

University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Philosophy of Education, Psychology & Fine Arts.

Community College of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Communication in Early Childhood.

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Fine Arts, Sociology & Cultural Anthropology.

Lincoln Roads Art Center, Miami Beach, FL. Internship with internationally acclaimed artist B.Sagar.

Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami, FL. Applied arts and design Magnet school.

 

Past Exhibits

Feminist Union of Charlottesville Creatives Group exhibit at Charlottesville City Space.

Levitt Amp Series Solo exhibit at Ix Art Park.

Inner/Out Group Showcase of Local Vermont artists.

WAAV (Woman’s Art Alliance of Vermont) Group Show at the South End Art Hop.

Natural Art Gallery installation exhibit of wilderness art and photography.

Design and Architecture Senior Gallery Show.

Elan Vital Fashion Exhibit showcasing the textile arts.

Taking Root to Fly collaborative art installation about Sacred Space.

 

Recent Work

Graphic Designer: Founder of Sylvan Designs studio specializing in a handcrafted approach to design.

Educator: 7 years as an art teacher in numerous schools in both Vermont and Virginia.

Farmer: Co-founder of Steadfast Farm with husband Brian Walden

House & Landscape Designer: Co-designer and architectural renderings for a timber frame.

Mother: Full-on mama to two amazing people and everything that entails!

 

Affiliations

Feminist Union of Charlottesville Creatives A network of female artists enhancing life through the arts.

Creative Woman’s Alliance A circle of women in Central Virginia committed to creating community through deliberate and spontaneous creative convergences. 

Women’s Art Alliance of Vermont (WAAV): A group of emerging women artists who have come together to cultivate a greater support network for local female artists.

Caravan Arts: A mobile cooperative arts organization dedicated to providing space for local art exhibits.