writer. empath. barista. student.
photos by andrew schaut
Thanks for visiting! This is me:
here & now
I'm Allyson (you can call me Ally), the face behind the screen––and lens. I'm a junior at St. Norbert College, where I'm pursuing my B.A. in graphic design (I also spent a semester at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, but I've found that liberal arts suits me better). When my schedule allows it, I love working at the heart of a community as a barista and learning to appreciate conscious and fair business practices.
background & philosophy
I grew up on the outskirts of a tiny town smack in the middle of Wisconsin. The rural Midwest gets a bad rap sometimes, but I feel fortunate to have had the childhood I did. I've always been quiet, a little sensitive, and very in tune with the environment around me. To that end, I think it did me a lot of good to spend my formative years climbing trees and watching the clouds pass with the wind. Everything's a little slower at home, and there's a kind of earthy grace to smelling woodsmoke on your dad's coat every winter evening when he hugs you after school. I try to hold onto that grace as this life takes me where it will.
While I'm talking about my roots, I should say that I've always been an artist, but I've only recently embraced it as a critical and central part of my identity. Before I went to college, I focused on my love of reading, my high grades, and my few but close relationships. These things still top my list of priorities, but now art ties them all together.
There is incredible beauty in the subtle human complexities that emerge through the relationships we hold with others and our environments. Reading novels introduced me to it, photographing people lets me marvel at it, and designing lets me communicate it. This beauty is a tool that exists all around us––as music, as scientific innovation, and as writing on cave walls. If we leverage it right, it brings us together, and that's beautiful in itself. Beauty is both the input and the output, and it's our job to keep the cycle going.
Let's do that. Together.