Hi, my name is Hailey Hanson and I am currently a first year Product Design major at Parsons School of Design. I have always been a creative person. From a young age I would always be drawing or creating small crafts. If you caught me out for dinner with my family you would usually find me at the end of the table, distracted by drawing, surrounded by a mess of pencil crayons. For most of my childhood, rather then attend art classes like some other kids, I instead preferred to learn and experiment with creating myself, or else find information and tutorials online. It was there that I fell in love with creating, whether through fine art or design.
I have always been quite persistent (some may say stubborn), and a bit of a perfectionist in my work. This passion and persistence branched into other parts of my life alongside my art. I was a competitive ski racer in middle school for several years before I suffered an injury and eventually became an instructor for kids during my four years of high school. Along with this I love music. I used to play the flute and currently play the guitar and ukulele. Both which I initially taught to myself, before a family friend reached out to offer them for free.
I attended Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, Canada for High School where I was a Visual Arts major. During my time at ESA I worked predominantly with sculpture and photography. I eventually combined these with sound and audio to create a multi-sensory installation piece in my last year of high school. For the majority of my high school years I was determined to enter a science related career. Alongside my art classes I took many math courses along with chemistry, biology and physics. However, as I reached my final decision making process in Grade 12 surrounding university, I realized that my true passion lied in the arts. Regardless of any other interests or hobbies, my true passion has always been creating. However, I still hope to be able to integrate my math and science knowledge into my design as I continue to make work in the future.