Kristie Iannone, a Utah-based interior designer and window dresser, saw The Monarch on her Instagram feed and was intrigued. After being encouraged by her friends to ‘showcase her art’, she applied for creative membership.
“I’m new to the membership, but I’m in love – and have always been in love – with the building The Monarch inspired. I love, love, love the space and the effort to support the arts and artist communities, ”she said. “I hope for a creative studio space in the near future.”
Iannone began her journey in interior and retail design after studying visual and experimental design, art history, and 3D design at Weber State University.
“The 3D part was an attempt to get into industrial design in one way or another, but my passion came from the responses received through my windows and store interiors in Utah and the (north- Where is).”
For 17 years, Iannone worked as an interior and retail designer, building and designing windows and interiors for Nordstrom’s in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Alaska and Portland.
“(I have) always (been) inspired by the world of interiors and exhibited to artists and galleries during my travels with the company. Later in my career, (I was) a curator of art and objects for design companies in Utah. I was fortunate to have traveled a bit on my own to discover art galleries, museums, architecture and design. All of these things impacted my desire to put it (in) thoughts on wood or canvas and create the ‘luck’ of what will come of it, ”Iannone said.
Iannone uses acrylic to create abstract expressionism on wood and canvas. Its use of bright colors and high contrasts inspires excitement and a sense of power in the viewer.
Growing up in Ogden, Iannone was influenced by the art world in Ogden and thanks her teachers, starting in elementary school, for helping her develop her sense of design and art.
You can see Iannone’s work at Open Studio Night during First Friday Art Stroll and @ Kristie.Style on Instagram.