Born and raised in the Chicago area, Tessa Koller has been dedicated to art since she learned how to hold a pencil. At a young age, she could draw and paint likeness of portraits with precision and intricacy. In 2008, she earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. But her career as an artist began long before college—having exhibited her paintings and drawings at restaurants, cafes, bookstores, and galleries throughout the course of her life. By 2010, she was displaying during gallery nights in Milwaukee and Chicago and in several European countries.
Her passion for art expanded from drawing and painting to sewing and designing women’s clothing. With a focus on shapes that complement a woman’s physique, she produces structural dresses and garments which have garnered the likes from numerous public figures on social media. She began showcasing her clothing in runway shows, first in Milwaukee, and then later found herself traveling with organizations nationally and internationally. Collaborations with these organizations led to her travels through Canada, all throughout Ireland and more than ten cities in Northern Italy. Her career as a public motivational speaker began and her speeches were translated in several different languages.
Today, Koller is still exhibiting her paintings and drawings not just locally, also internationally. Additionally, she’s in the process of combining her passions in painting and fashion by turning her paintings into prints: wearable art. In February of 2020, she’ll reopen her tailoring and alterations business in the Chicago area. Stay up to date here at tessakoller.com and visit the blog for frequent updates on exhibitions, tailoring and alterations projects, and follow her published articles. Her writing has been seen in major publications including Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, The Mighty, and msn.com and Yahoo! World News. Stay tuned for some big projects that are also in the works, including a couple of mystery novels (which she is keeping a mystery for now)! Check back for further updates and thanks SO MUCH for stopping by. You can follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.