Artists in Residency
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way — things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe
If Mahogany is the heart, the artists behind GiftyWrap are soul of the company. Without them, the GiftyWrap vision would not come to life. Gifting is about reminding people how you feel, and the artwork these artists create pieces that express emotion through shapes, colors, words and soul. Presenting — Our artists in residence — Artists whose artwork is currently available. See below GiftyWrap artists for those who have contributed to previous designs, or are working on future designs.
Emma Skumautz is an illustration artist and designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2018, she started Fox & Fables as a passion project to jumpstart her creative drive and over the years has built it into a career.
Emma fully believes that creating art inspires happiness and human connection, and she loves being able to share that with people. Emma likes to paint things that put a smile on her face, and if Emma's work can make others do the same, then mission accomplished!
Emma is happy to spend her days in her home studio with her two cats swatting at her paint brushes. Outside of work, you might find her tending to her garden, rummaging through the nearest thrift or vintage shop, or daydreaming about her next big adventure!
To see more of her work follow her at @foxandfables on Instagram, @foxandfables on TikTok, or visit foxandfables.co.
Zoe Wodarz is an accomplished freelance artist and surface designer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She specializes in pattern, trends, product design, and illustration. She spent the past 25+ years developing her creative skills in multiple mediums — and refining her playful yet sophisticated designs. Zoe expertly integreates her fine arts foundations into the digital space with hand-drawn elements, vibrant color combinations with a contemporary edge.
Zoe loves to collaborate with her clients during the design process and her personal work is often inspired by urban architecture, botanical wonders, her favorite vintage shops, storytelling across cultures, childhood holiday memories, travel, the list goes on. After two decades immersed in the art and digital world, she continues to discover new creative combinations for her modern yet timeless designs.
To see more on her work follow her at @zoe.wodarz on Instagram or visit zoewodarz.com.
LAB MPLS is a Minneapolis-based creative agency connecting businesses and their community through branding, design, and community events. LAB is influential in setting the bar for first-in-class engagement, design services, and creating memorable experiences by bringing inspiring and relevant activations to your audience coupled with fresh design.
Above all, we are focused on local businesses and how we can show up within the Minneapolis-St. Paul community. Whether it's working side-by-side with an artist to bring their website to life or using our platform to promote local goods, we are here to support and elevate our incredible creative community!
To see more on their work follow then at @labmpls on Instagram, @labmpls on TikTok, or visit labmpls.com.
Abbey's House is made up of husband and wife team — Gabe and Abbey. Abbey comes up with the ideas for designs and Gabe, as a graphic designer, brings them to life. They love being able to collaborate and work together. They live in Maple Grove, have one young son, and are currently in the process of adopting. They are really passionate about creating a life they love and they are hoping that through their artwork and handmade products they will be able to do that even more. When not working, you can find them on the lake, at the cabin, playing legos with their son, or coming up with their next home renovation project.
To see more on their work follow then at @abbeyhouse on Instagram or visit abbeyhouse.com.
Miriam Trius is a painter and illustrator living just outside of the Jewish neighborhood in S. Minneapolis with her husband and three kids, cat, and dog. Inspired heavily by Eastern European Jewish culture and incorporating many Yiddish themes and symbols, both rooted in tradition and utilizing modern colors and patterns, Miriam's art explores whet 21st century Yiddish art could look like if there were a continuous, uninterrupted canon of works from the 1930s until now (would would Yiddish art be like if it weren't for genocide and assimilation?) In her free time she also plays klezmer violin, studies and writes philosophy, goes roller skating with her kids, and enjoys cooking and baking from scratch.
To see more on their work follow then visit mnjewishartists.org/artist/miriam.
Allison Mitchell of Allison Mitchell Creative took the task of defining the Minnesota experience created this authentic Minnesota piece. Allison is a local Minnesota artist whose mission is to igniting beauty + sparking joy through design. See more of her work on Instagram @amitchellcreative.
LaTrelle from Color Wheel Creations created a perfect piece for classic hip hop lover. You can find more graphic designer work from LaTrelle at colowheelcreations.org.
Deniesha Johnson founded D. Johnson & Co Greetings as a way to capitalize on her creative interests, but also to address in today’s card industry the lack of culturally inclusive and relatable content. This drove her to make cards that are for everyone. D. Johnson & Co Greetings has become her calm and center in the midst of this storm (during the pandemic) because she gets to be creative, share her gifts, and give a little love & kindness in every card she makes.
Hclou is an angry gemini earth dragon, multiracial, asian, queer, cisgender, disabled, survivor/surviving, anxious, and depressed womxn of color artist and educator. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, which is the historical occupied land of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples.
Liyana Rizzle is a graphic artist from Malaysia and has been involved in graphic design since she was 16 years old. Liyana aspires to expand her own brand beyond Malaysia soon and her partnership with GiftyWrap is a strong step in that direction. Apart from a regular line art style, Liyana’s niche is bright colors and non-linears.
Megan Christa from Indonesia is a self-taught digital artist and whose work is mostly inspired by Korean, Chinese, and Japanese artwork and culture, also adding soft pastel color as main focus. Drawing has always been a hobby for Megan and since she began creating digital art in 2017. Megan has never had a formal course related to art, but she always had great supporter from my family and friends. This support allowed Megan to grow into the artist she is today!
Stephanie of Byootifulee has always been a creative, and in recent years she has focused her creativity on uplifting and empowering people of color through paintings and digital art.
Find her on Instagram @byoootifuleehueman.
Stephanie Wolf is an artist from South Minneapolis, her work is inspired by the uniqueness of the individual and her personal life. She believes beauty is a representation of all forms of self expression. You can find her work on Instagram @artgirl.jpg.