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Collaborator, accomplice, artist & educator.

Andrea Cardinal is an experience designer and social practice artist originally from Flint, Michigan. She aims to reveal unrealized potential by mobilizing people and their resources to create justice in our communities. Her artwork is the design and management of immersive engagements, where new skills are discovered, camaraderie is built, and joyful labor is abundant. Her work focuses on building beloved-community through disability justice, working-class ethics, and interrogating vulnerability and violence.

She holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2D Design, BA in the History of Art, and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan. Cardinal is Assistant Professor of Design at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Co-Director of Talking Dolls Studio in Detroit, Michigan.

The mission of Talking Dolls is to empower our northeast Detroit neighborhood through justice-focused initiatives. We create a nexus of progressive art and community-led activism through access to our shop facilities, & use of our infrastructure for performances, celebration, and experimental art workshops.

We are also home to a Banner and Poster Lending Library, from which the public can borrow oversize banners and hand-held placards for actions, to then be returned and re-used. Cardinal has run numerous workshops to add to the archive in support of some of the following organizations: Black Youth Project 100, The School for Poetic Computation with the Detroit Community Technology Project, Detroit Democratic Socialists of America, and the Summer Scholars program at the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to this work, Cardinal is also sole proprietor of Tooth & Rag, LLC, a freelance design company with over 15 years experience designing and concepting for clients at a variety of scales. Clients include The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of the American Indian in New York, The Seidman College of Business, and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. She has designed and developed for all aspects of print, packaging, web, publication, exhibition, and user-experience design.

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