The Creative Crip is a long-running project by Iconic Imagery’s Lisa J. Ellwood. It is also the most personal. In addition to showcasing select literary and visual arts-related projects, the site will be a no-holds-barred chronicle of her experiences as a #disabledWOC #disabledPOC #disabledNDN with self-employment and growing a business that is profitable & sustainable. Central to the endeavour is her assertion that disabled so-called *scroungers* DO want gainful employment – but the problem lies with the lack of genuine support and resources.
Lisa Ellwood is a Lenni-Lenape of Delaware and Nanticoke Native American resident in the UK. She is a highly skilled Journalist and Marketing Communications professional with an extensive background spanning several creative and marketing disciplines. She has 23 years of experience primarily in London, New York City and Philadelphia. In 2009 Lisa established Iconic Imagery as her creative identity.
Ms. Ellwood began her career as a Graphic Designer/Marketing Specialist as a Freelancer for a number of Blue Chip & Communications Companies in Philadelphia and New York City while still at university. She graduated with a B.A. Degree from Temple University having majored in Communications. Her concentration was Advertising with minors in Marketing and French. Lisa also spent time at The School of Visual Arts studying Communications Media Art. She pursued post-graduate studies at The University of Pennsylvania concentrating on Communications and International Marketing. Having studied six languages she is currently the most proficient in French and anticipates becoming competent in Welsh.
Lisa is a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors of the Graphic Artist’s Guild. During her time with The Guild she also headed the Graphic Design Certification Committee where she researched and presented a proposal for the certification of Graphic Designers, the first initiative of its kind in the US. Her proposal was approved by The Guild in May 1998.
Ms. Ellwood is a published writer. Design-related articles cover graphic design certification, plagiarism on the web and Creative Commons Licensing. She was also a Consulting Editor and Features Writer for The Promota Magazine with a focus on politics, world affairs and culture. Ms. Ellwood was frequently been featured in The Guardian Society Daily for her disability campaigning. She also confesses to being a long-time writer of Harry Potter Fan Fiction.
Lisa J. Ellwood has been a Freelance Correspondent with Indian Country Media Network since September 2015.