Constantly experimenting with different styles and mediums feeds her insatiable curiosity. She has a very whimsical design sense and loves to play with color to give each collection that she designs its own unique personality. She started taking private art lessons at the young age of 7 and continued to study art throughout high school. This lead to a degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati. She opened her own design firm just 3 years out of college in 1987. Her firm, Olika Studios, has developed branding and design programs for influential clients such as Target, Bath & Body Works, Nickelodeon and Universal Studios.
Lori began the art licensing arm of her business 13 years ago and now works with several top manufactures in the gift and home decor industry. Her client list includes Demdaco, Creative Co-op, Studio M, Lang and many more. Her licensed products have been sold through many key retailers and small gift shops throughout the United States and Canada.
She creates everyday, dividing her time between her home studio in Kentucky…sewing, sculpting, drawing, painting and the Olika Studio office… meeting with clients and developing concepts with her very talented design team. Her husband, Steve, is her business partner and she has two children… Kenzie (who is a designer and works closely with her mom at Olika) and Tanner (who is a mechanical engineer.) She also has two grandchildren who light up her life!!!
As a daughter of a graphic designer, some of her earliest memories are crafting with her mom, making physical dolls out of her quirky childhood drawings and creating stories through tag team doodles. Growing up in a creative environment fueled Kenzie to follow her lifelong passion and pursue a degree in graphic design.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s esteemed design school, DAAP, Kenzie assumed a position as a designer for a branding agency. Her love for pattern and illustration was largely utilized in designing for some of Procter & Gamble’s most recognizable brands, namely Pampers and Always. After 5 years in this position, Kenzie followed her heart to join her own parents’ design and licensing firm, Olika.
Outside of work, Kenzie is a notorious collector of sketchbooks, antique tchotchkes, and novels. She lives for her daily dance parties with her 4 year old and 2 year old sons, and she believes that a chocolate sundae with rainbow sprinkles can cure anything.