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About Mallory | Mallory Battista

About Mallory

Aspiring is often a word I use to describe myself, but I think I need to start slapping my own hand when I do. Aren't we all aspiring? I am an artist and an aspiring artist. I am in love with so many materials and techniques that I am a master of none, but I keep feeling that I may somehow discover some new magical combination of media. I am a writer and an aspiring writer. I have completed a few novels, but over the last year I have become more excited about writing and drawing comics, and I have several new ideas for graphic stories and am reimagining some of my prose in comic form. I have been a metal bender since childhood (any Avatar fans? No? Just me?), mostly copper and steel wire, and began blacksmithing in 2014. I have come to realize that I will never be able to limit my creative pursuits to just one, and that's okay. They overlap and support each other in surprising ways. I have also been a professional graphic designer in various capacities for the last decade, and I am taking on freelance jobs between my own projects.

Blowing bubbles for B-roll for my sister the videographer. One of many odd jobs I've been lucky enough to do.

Blowing bubbles for B-roll for my sister the videographer. One of many odd jobs I've been lucky enough to do.

At the end of 2018, I wrote and submitted a grant application on behalf of Columbia Fire & Iron for the final Spokane Arts Grant Award (SAGA) of the year. Our proposal was selected to receive the $10,000 grant, and I am so excited that 2019 will be a full of even more blacksmithing opportunities. This was my first foray into grant writing, and it was thrilling to be selected by Spokane Arts! sagaphoto2 Steve McGrew, me, and David Kailey of Columbia Fire & Iron at the SAGA announcement.

Current Work

  • Author & Artist
  • Freelance Graphic Designer & Copywriter
  • Visual Communications Chair of the Spokane Regional MarCom Association
  • Web Design & Marketing Chair of Columbia Fire & Iron

Past Work

  • Boom Operator
  • Wizard Rock Documentarian
  • Bookseller
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Staff Graphic Designer
  • Ice Cream Seller