To start off, my name is Jamie Turpin and today I live in Kansas City, Missouri but that could always change tomorrow.
In the fall of 2010, I began the MA program while living in St. Louis, Missouri. The very next quarter of the MA program, I received a career opportunity back in Kansas City. So I packed my weekly bag and lived in 2 cities for 9 months – while working as a full time designer, going to school full time and trying to live everything in between. (Luckily, my significant other cooked my meals and did my laundry.)
At the end of 2011, I began contemplating about the MFA program at SCAD while we planned to stay put at our downtown Kansas City loft for donkey’s years.
In 2012, I kept in focus with completing the MA degree during the summer term while packing up our downtown loft to move into our new lakefront house. During the fall of 2012, I received my acceptance letter into the MFA program at SCAD. At the end of 2012, I said good-bye to my creative coworkers while I tightened up my design backpack of 10 years to confidently leap into the entrepreneur world of freelance.
Looking at my year of 2013; I feel very fortunate to have received a contract with the Kansas City Art Institute to teach part time, established a year planned out of freelance work to survive on, be part of SCAD once again and last ready for everything in between.
Side Note: My prior life was spent in architecture firms in Dallas, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri – doing retail renovations and corporate new construction. I graduated in 2002 from Kansas State University with a 5-year degree in Interior Architecture. I’ve lived in Manhattan, Kansas; Geelong, Victoria, Australia; Dallas, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and last back to Kansas City, Missouri. I’ve discovered along my journey that I am not a corporate person but support more of the Ma/Pa shops/boutiques, enjoy the laid back cities and prefer local farmers markets to any mass/produced retail box. Growing up as a farmers daughter; my father taught me to support specific values by having the mindset of honesty, support the locals, always work hard and to never give up…today this has helped me reached where I want to be…