Ogden-born artist Iannone brings interior design experience to new pursuit
Kristie Iannone, a Utah-based interior designer and window dresser, saw The Monarch on her Instagram feed and was intrigued. After encouragement to “get her art out there” from her friends, she applied for a creative membership.
“I’m new to the membership, but I am in love — and have always been in love — with the building that The Monarch has inspired. I love, love, love the space and the efforts to support the arts and artist communities,” she said. “I’m hoping for a creative studio space in the near future.”
Iannone started her journey in interior and retail interior design after studying visual and experimental design, art history and 3D design at Weber State University.
“The 3D portion was an attempt to move into industrial design somehow, but my passion came from the responses received through my windows, and interiors of stores in Utah and the (Northwest).”
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’ve) always (been) inspired through the world of interiors and exposed to artists and galleries when traveling with the company. Later in my career, (I was) a curator of art and objects for design firms in Utah. I have been lucky to have traveled a bit on my own to experience art galleries, museums, architecture and design. All of these things have impacted my desire to put it (into) thoughts on wood or canvas and create the ‘chance’ of what is to come from it,” Iannone said.
Iannone uses acrylics to create abstract expressionism on wood and canvas. Her use of bright colors and high contrast inspire excitement and a sense of power for the viewer.
Growing up in Ogden, Iannone was influenced by the art world in Ogden and credits her teachers, as early as grade school, in helping her develop her eye for design and art.
You can view Iannone’s work at Open Studio Night during First Friday Art Stroll and @Kristie.Style on Instagram.