Christy Litster is a Fashion Illustrator, located in
Windsor, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Design Specializing in Fashion at Ryerson University. She began working as the Head Designer for a fashion doll company while finishing her studies in Toronto. While still studying, she freelanced in both Fashion Design and Illustration in the GTA.
At this time, Christy won the “What Will Barbie Wear in 2005?” Mattel Canada/Ryerson University sponsored competition, designing the first Canadian Exclusive Barbie. She later worked on a project designing the Canadian National Barbie Convention Doll for Mattel and The Barbie Collector’s Club of Alberta, the
In 2008, Christy moved back to her home town of Windsor to pursue an opportunity creating custom uniforms for the hospitality, entertainment, and gaming industries. As a full time freelancer, she designed custom uniforms for over 35 casinos in North America. She also had the unique opportunity to help develop the Wizarding World of Harry Potter uniform program.
By 2010, Christy decided to switch paths and began participating in art shows, passionately following her dream of a career in the Arts. In 2012 & 2013, she produced SKIN Windsor’s Alternative Arts & Culture Show which showcased over 100 participants from the Windsor area. From 2010 to the present she has hosted over 2 dozen art shows and events. Since then she has worked as an Assistant Event Planner for Nouveau Event Planning, and as an Illustration and Technical Design Teacher at St. Clair College’s Fashion Design Technician Program.
Windsor Snapshots was created by Christy Litster to highlight a few interesting people, places, things, and events that have shaped the history of The City of Windsor.
The mural is made up of both aluminum and plexiglass panels. The aluminum panels feature various digitally illustrated subjects. The plexiglass panels are portraits of prominent
Windsorites created using both digital illustration and hand painted elements which are painted in the reverse on the panel. This method of back painting gives the portraits a unique depth, as the drop shadow from the illustration on the front moves throughout the day as the sun makes it way across the sky.
Each image is marked with a letter which corresponds to the central timeline. On this timeline, the viewer can learn about the illustrated subject and can also scan a QR code which links to a web page which has even more in-depth information . In this way, the mural is fully interactive and
educational. In addition to learning more about each subject, the viewer has the opportunity to download a black and white colouring page of each of the panels to print and colour
at home. We encourage the viewer to not only learn some new info on Windsor's history, but also become part of the art!
Exploring Windsor's history through the illustrations and paintings of Artist Christy Litster
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