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Speaker Profile - Alexandra H MacVean

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Illustrator

Region: Rocky Mountain (Colorado/Wyoming)
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: a_macvean1@yahoo.com
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Bio:

Alexandra MacVean is a freelance illustrator, designer and entrepreneur located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Besides her own design and illustration business, she and her husband launched a new joint agency - Londonberrie. Her work focuses on creating stationery, home décor, children’s books, as well as branding products using illustration, watercolor and acrylics.  

She also has a passion for teaching workshops with children and adults and has been doing so for the past 2 years both online and in her community.

Alexandra has inspired many women, men and children across the world with her incredible story of overcoming child abuse and domestic violence. Her determination and perseverance has propelled her into the dream life she now lives as an illustrator working from home. In the Spring of 2014, her life came to a halt and was forced to temporarily drop out of college one month prior to graduating, due to a horrific car accident. She spent the following 10 months recovering at home. In the Fall of 2014, her professors began to tutoring her and in the Spring of 2015, Alexandra graduated with HONORS. Since then, her career has exploded and she's now an award-winning children's illustrator and designer.

Married to her best friend and confidant, Michael (graphic designer by day and illustrator by night), who continually inspires her artistically as an illustrator. Sharing a love of family and tea, they can often be found together each drawing works of whimsy, while cozied up with their sweet Scottish Terrier, Brendel.

Alexandra’s illustration goals are to inspire, uplift and encourage individuals, both children and adults, by bringing hope and joy to their daily lives through her work.


Presentation Description:
 
Alexandra has had a number of opportunities to work with children, including a collaboration with Heidi Olinger, (Award-winning Educator and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization, Pretty Brainy), in working with young girls by sharing her techniques and insight as an illustrator while encouraging them to pursue their dreams.  Alexandra has also been a Barnes & Noble 'Featured Artist of the Month' on multiple occasions, holding creative workshops and book readings with children during her meet-and-greet sessions.


As an illustrator and artist, Alexandra will talk with the children about the creative process of making children's books.  Presentations will include examples, process from drawing to coloring, creating storyboards and/or creating from inspiration around you.

Presentations will include a live reading of one her books and a drawing demonstration, while walking the children through developing a character of their own.  Such presentations work best in a classroom environment where students can engage with Alexandra. Large presentations in a gym generally don't work well as students are limited visually and creatively.

Please contact Alexandra in advance of the number of students that will be attending as prints of her books will be brought for signing.  Please offer the students the opportunity to buy her books before the presentation. Alexandra will autograph each book, including the child's name and a little doodle.  (Please place a sticky note with each child's name on the books to be autographed.)  Books can be purchased here: Alexandra's Books

Please also provide:
-  Any forms to be filled out prior to the presentation.
-  Please send an agreed-upon honorarium delivered on the day of the school visit.
-  A schedule, including the group size, at least one week prior to the event.
-  Allow for 15 minutes breaks in between multiple presentations, including time to autograph books and prints.
-  Bottled water to sip on during presentations.
-  A small table for supplies and props.
-  Complimentary lunch, if speaking all day.
-  An easel, paper and thick black markers to perform the live drawing session.
-  A wireless microphone is requested for groups larger than a single class size.

Presentation Fees:
Presentations fees are set at $150 per class or $450 for the day. Fees are flexible, depending on school budget. Please email Alexandra with any questions regarding set fees.
Important:
The key to a successful illustrator visit is to build excitement by familiarizing the students and classroom teachers with my book prior to the special presentations.  Please take the time to read Alexandra's book in class prior to presentations, engaging students with questions such as, "How long do you think it takes to make an illustration?"

Contact Information:
Please contact Alexandra about a school visit at amacvean1@yahoo.com and include as much information as possible such as tentative dates, and idea of what you'd like Alexandra to do, the time-frame and contact information (e.g. name, organization or school, address, phone, email, etc)

Here's an example of Alexandra's work: Press