Illustrator, Designer, Blogger, Professional Creative, Photographer, Graphic Designer
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Chanel Kennebrew was born in Inglewood, California in the summer of 1982. Being a child of a musician father and fashion designer mother, she early adopted both parent's appreciation for design and music.
Chanel's main passion and occupation is graphic design and photo-based illustration. From an early age she would spend hours illustrating cartoons from television. At the age of 13 she started drawing popular musicians and selling them to her class mates. At 15 she moved from Southern California to Denver and was accepted to the Denver school of the arts. That's when she started to developed her photography skills and was introduced to the broader world of commercial and political art.
In 2000 she moved from Denver to pursue a BFA in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While studying in Toronto she was able to cut her design teeth by working with local musicians, stores and print publications doing freelance graphic design and photography. It was through this work she gained valuable experience in creating logotypes, advertising, packaging and illustrations.
Chanel relocated to Brooklyn NY in 2005, accepting the position of Art Director and the kitschy Fredflare.com. Thus beginning her career in New York. She's worked on numerous projects since. Chanel is currently spends her days doing freelance illustration and running Junkprints, which is a creative experiment focusing on using art as a catalyst to explore and maintain local economies through the design, manufacturing, and distribution of clothing and accessories.
Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, the New York Post, the New York Sun, and numerous online,print and TV publications. She has also sold pieces and done work for some pretty awesome folks and establishments such as the Robert Verdi, Lady Gaga, Birkenstock, Nickelodeon, The Democratic Convention (along side Shepard Fairey), Readymade Magazine and O at Home Magazine.
If you'd like to exhibit her work or commission work, shoot her an email, she's pretty easy going and fun to work with ;)
She’s a one-person operation, and finds it funny to speak about herself in third person but that’s generally the way these bio things are done.