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Shady Kimzey

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maker & Educator

I am Shady (they/them) - a maker and educator based in Raleigh, NC. I work with individuals, groups, non-profits, political organizations, communities, grassroots uprisings, and businesses that create social impact. Tell me about your latest idea, project, or suggestion!

My work is multi-disciplinary, creative, and encompasses design, craft, education, magic, and intellect.

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Shady Kimzey

Creative Projects, Design Work, Teaching & Facilitation

I shine when I am working in collaborative environments. I love connecting with people, plants, animals, and all living things. I approach life from a multi-disciplined, multi-perspective point of view and love to learn. Technology is a close friend of mine and I am always reading, writing, and creating. I completed a Master’s in Social Justice Education in 2017 when I was 25 with a focus on Youth in Schools, and previously completed a Bachelor’s in Communication, Public Relations. I love to grow plants, read 10 books at once, and watch re-runs of Bob’s Burgers.

My work includes graphic design, product design, website design, prop design, apparel design, logo design, DIY work, button/sticker/patch-making, shirt-making, growing plants, botanical dyes, sewing, painting, writing, singing, social media curation, facilitation, teaching, video, podcasting, publishing, and much more!

I’d love to hear from you! Drop me an email


Recent Experience

DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy

September 2018 - January 2019

Events & Digital Media Coordinator

  • Coordinated special events and promoted events across campus.

  • Assisted visiting speakers with travel arrangements, reserved space and catering services, and provided logistical support during events.

  • Promoted events by designing and producing event calendars, flyers, posters and signage, using social media, posting notices to event calendars, and coordinating promotional giveaways.

  • Posted event-related content across all digital platforms (website, social media).

  • Monitored traffic on social networks and assisted with creation of analytics reports to monitor the effectiveness and reach of the Center’s online media.

  • Experimented with new forms of online content, identified and connected with student communities online.

Tools used: Adobe Illustrator, Canva, Wordpress, Constant Contact, Hootsuite, Paperless Post, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Freelance, Graphic Design

November 2017 - Present

Graphic Designer & Educator

  • Created and facilitated Intro to Design: Adobe Illustrator workshop at WonderRoot (Atlanta) and The Mothership (Durham)

  • Facilitated accessible workshops on art, design, pop culture, and skill-sharing to community members and artists through Aritsts Helping Artists program

  • Created logos for organizations, personal projects, and artists

  • Designed themed posters for printing at the Activist Screenprint Studio

  • Published and promoted two zines and a book

  • Created line design-printed clothing for Summer, Fall, and Winter 2018

  • Built five websites for various clients and projects

  • Created an experimental online learning space through Instagram

  • Donated over two hundred and fifty dollars from design work to causes

  • Contributed to The Mothership co-working and makerspace

Tools used: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Screenprinting, Wix, Wordpress, Canva, GSuite, Microsoft Suite, Squarespace


University of Massachusetts Amherst

MA SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION, Focus: Media & Youth in Schools

Graduated May 2017

Appalachian State University


Graduated December 2014

Awards: Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges Award, 2013 Community Impact Student Award, Commitment to Justice Award, Level 1 Award, The Patrick Holder Award, Domestic Co-Leaders of the Year Award

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Project Q, Atlanta

“Rad DIY stickers, buttons, cards, zines, prints and patches by Shady Kimzey”

Partners for Youth Opportunity
”Look at our Shady Kimzey doing big things! We are so proud to have such a fierce advocate for youth on our team”

The Daily Tar Heel
“My hope is that this event will allow people space to reflect on their own self-worth and own self-possibility”

The Appalachian Online
“Twenty-nine percent of our area is in poverty and that’s people that are making below $29,000 a year, in addition, homelessness and poverty is on the rise for people with mental and physical disabilities, veterans and more than 40 percent of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender”

University News, Appalachian State University
”Shady Kimzey…has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact…the award recognizes one outstanding student on each campus for making a difference in the community”
“The project was such an awesome and unique experience, it was an honor to be able to be a part of preserving the beauty of the natural and social aspects of Elk Knob”

Appalachian Magazine
“I was excited to see that the government has interest in investing in the future of this region which I dearly love, and that they trusted students and locals to work together to create solutions”