Q&A with Libby
Your illustrations depict inclusivity and unity – why is it important for you to express that through your art?
I've lived in diverse communities for most of my adult life, and love the energy that I get from being a part of a vibrant community where people from different backgrounds support one another. We live in a colorful, multilingual world, and I like to reflect that in my work. There are people who have an interest in fracturing our unity, as a means of holding onto power and resources. This is why I make unity such a focus in my work, because we are stronger together, united for progress, equity, and justice.
What’s your favorite thing to illustrate?
I truly do love drawing maps! I was fascinated with them as a child because, when I was little, we used big road atlases to navigate on our family road trips. I loved pouring over all of the details and marveled at the layers of information that the cartographer was able to cram onto the page. My maps are a little more whimsical than those old road atlases, but I still commit to making them as accurate as possible.
What are your favorite chocolate flavors?
I have a few faves! The Double Chocolate Trail Mix, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and the Hazelnut Butter Crisp truffle bars are hands-down my favorites.
What do you love most about your job?
I still can't believe that I get to live my childhood dream of drawing for a living. I don't think I truly thought that was possible when I was little. And I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing bunch of clients (like Seattle Chocolate) that are women-owned and share the same values of environmental sustainability and equity in the workplace.
Anything else you’d like readers to know about your designs?
Having the opportunity to celebrate groundbreaking women through my designs--You're My Hero and Boldly Go--has been such an honor. Thank you to the women that have pushed boundaries throughout history, giving all of us a better, brighter world!