Collaborator, accomplice, artist & educator.


Cardinal is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Bowling Green State University, Principle of Tooth & Rag Design, and Co-Director of Talking Dolls Studio in Detroit. 


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-lead activism through access to our shop facilities, use of our infrastructure for performance and 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 the 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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