ABOUT THE DESIGNER/ARTIST/AUTHOR: CYNTHIA HART
With her rich and original look, designer Cynthia Hart brings old-fashioned prettiness to our modern lives. From best-selling books and calendars to fragrance packaging and advertising pages, from wall coverings and bedding ensembles to greeting cards and rubber stamps, Cynthia Hart’s designs grace an eclectic range of products. A gifted artist with a lifelong interest in collecting, Cynthia received her formal art education at the Kansas City Art Institute. In the early days of her career, Cynthia used her talents as a designer in the publishing field specifically in gift and product design. From this experience she went on to combine her passions––for Victorian antiques, flowers, and photography––into the unmistakable “look” that has won her prestigious awards and devoted admiration. Her compositions spill over with life, with color, with energy.––her work is steeped in authenticity and intrinsic beauty. Her work embraces sheer prettiness––with a fresh original twist.
Cynthia Hart is the author/co-author and award winning three-dimensional illustrator of seven books for Workman Publishing with over 750,000 copies in print. Her latest book, The Oral History Workshop, (with co-author Lisa Samson), is an easy-to-use guide to saving the stories and voices of beloved family members and friends. She is the creator of Cynthia Hart’s VICTORIANA Calendar, a perennial best-selling fan favorite with 4.5 million copies sold to date (also published by Workman).
Cynthia created the concepts and award winning packaging for two fragrance lines licensed to Coty, Inc. Her designs for textiles have been licensed to Cyrus Clark, V.I.P. Cranston, FreeSpirit Fabrics, Domestications, Linens’n things, Fieldcrest/Cannon, Barth & Dreyfuss, and Toland; Her wall covering designs have been licensed to Village, a division of F. Schumacher. Cynthia has created print ads for AT&T (via McCann Erickson) and children’s books for Scholastic Inc; she has licensed her designs for album products and gift items to C.R. Gibson; for rubber stamp packaging and products to Rubber Stampede; and for greeting cards to Recycled Paper Greetings, Punch Studio, and PopShots.
Cynthia is a former contributing editor to the original Victoria magazine (a Hearst publication). She created story concepts and art directed photo shoots about some of her favorite people places and things and created custom photographic illustrations for the covers of several of Victoria’s best-selling issues.
She has served as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Ephemera Society of America––a dedicated group of private and institutional collectors of rare and historic paper antiques and collectibles. Cynthia is the curator of The Cynthia Hart Collection of Cherished Images (circa 1840-1970).