CEDARBURG ART MUSEUM - Live painter, September 8th, Museum Grand Opening
TIMELINE - Red Line Milwaukee, exhibitor, July 25th
REPURPOSED RUNWAY (garment design competition) - Red Line Milwaukee
MAM - Live painter at Milwaukee Art Museum, March 24th
REPURPOSED RUNWAY (garment design competition) - Honorable Mention for Garbage Bag Dress Black Dahlia
Red Line Milwaukee Resident Emerging Artist
Collaborative Virtual Exhibit with Stanford University Library
Parsec - Virtual Space Architect http://parsec.wordpress.com/
Second Life (Virtual World) - Gallery Owner, Exhibitor
"Fishook Dress" work published in The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects, Fourth Edition by Isaac Kerlow
Acadiana Arts Council - Sustained Winds, before-during-after (National Tour Exhibit)
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana - Annual Faculty Exhibit
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana - Student Juried Exhibition - Best Mixed Media Honorable Mention
Rikenjak's Brewery, Lake Charles, Louisiana - Independent Exhibit with M.B. Miller
Founding Partner at LOCOLO
provided design, creative and development services to my company. While
I had known her work directly, I had not had the chance to work with
her in a formal way - but I have to say, she delivered far and above my
I have met very few people in my career who I would call 'genius' -
Irena is one of those, bringing a stunning originality and depth to her
work. Beyond that, she has a skill set in development and design that is
simply incredible. While the development of environments, objects and
experiences in virtual worlds attracts a wide range of creative
professionals, Irena stands above the majority.
Author of *Game Design Secrets* (Wiley)
Working as Eshi Otawara, Irena has consistently proven herself one of the most artistically talented content creators working in Second Life, not just in virtual fashion, but in 3D architectural spaces and interactive installations. (This ability will surely translate to other platforms, as well.) Moreover, she's a widely admired and beloved figure in SL, a celebrity figure in her own right. You will be very lucky to hire her, as I fully believe she's destined for greatness.
Composer & CCO at RjDj
Irena provided outstanding design and delivery skills on the web based virtual world project we collaborated on called Parsec, for Manning Press. Whilst providing a strong individual style, she was also able to work in a highly flexible and adaptable way as the brief evolved. I can recommend her very highly.
Terry Beaubois & Associates, Palo Alto CA
Creative Media Lab MSU, Bozeman MT
Irena is one of the most creative people I have met, both from a professional and personal perspective. She has so much to contribute. Her diligence, creativity, and imagination are to be admired. I would work with her again and I recommend her to anyone seeking real talent and original creativity.
Lecturer, Digital Studio Practice at University of Wisconsin MilwaukeeI've known Irena, and in as colleague and occasional mentor, I have known her to be an exceptionally bright, hard working individual who has weathered personal adversity and is perservering as an artist, 3D modeler in virtual worlds, and environmental designer. As a curator, I have written about her "One Hour Sim" project at the Montreal Contermporary's online magazine, and feel she is a fine young talent that has done a great deal of excellent work and will continue to develop into an equally fine professional in the future.
This is one to watch.