Ashlee Stewack is a visual artist residing in Chicago, IL. She is a formally trained graphic designer and traditionally trained sign painter, having apprenticed for local veteran sign painter Ches Perry at sign company Right Way Signs. Later becoming creative director she had the opportunity to lead design initiatives and team production. Alongside designing and sign painting her focus for 2016 has been in building the framework for her company, Empress Innovations that emphasizes design for social innovation. Highly valuing transition design and applying holistic variables and other transdisciplinary knowledge, her focus lies on synthesizing design to facilitate positive future growth, movement and change within systems.