Chelsea H. B. DeLorme is a writer completing a residency in motherhood. She's put in the requisite time in the service industry to study natural language as well as the pathos of the American predicament and has recently found that these themes crop up in her writing, writing which she is only comfortable sharing with strangers on the Internet. She is currently at the halfway point of 2-year program through Stanford Continuing Studies, where the expectation is that she'll have a rough draft of a novel in a year. She recently looked at a timeline for this hypothetical novel while a 4-year-old sat on her foot singing loudly and the baby on her hip twisted her increasingly stretchy neck skin. The timeline made her laugh.
In a past life, as an art history major at Cornell Chelsea spent two years interning for the curator of modern and contemporary art at Cornell’s Johnson Museum, work that included assisting installation artists (read: she once spent hours scratching up fresh carpet fluff with her bare hands in service of "the work". It was a great job). After graduation she attended a publishing bootcamp through the Columbia Journalism School where everyone told her not to move to San Francisco if she wanted to work in magazines. In San Francisco she was an editor at one of her favorite magazines, Dwell and started a publication called Design Mind as part of a thought leadership platform for the global design firm, frog.
In 2012, Chelsea graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an M.Ed. in arts in education and with the aim of doing work that impacts people more directly than print. For three years she taught a junior seminar about art and identity at the Maine College of Art in spite of a conflicted relationship with the world wide web, which has admittedly brought her some of the best things in life (she met her future husband on a local bulletin board system in 1999).
Since becoming a mother (of 2), Chelsea has continued to freelance as a writer, editor, and community manager based in her home state of Maine. Projects she's produced range in scope from local events and annual journals to two small books for Penguin/Random House: Q & A a Day for Writers and Q & A Day for Moms. In her six years as a board member at SPACE Gallery she was part of a team that stewarded the organization through expansion and the purchase of the Artist Studio Building in downtown Portland. She is drawn to visual people of all stripes and gets excited about expanding their voices through words.
In collaboration she seeks variety, a commitment to design, attention to detail, and good humor (a dose of irreverence never hurts).
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Chelsea [Holden Baker] DeLorme
The American Bar Association recommends that lawyers contribute at least 50 hours of pro bono services to “the greater good” each year. While some might argue that this is a form of ethical atonement, it’s also an astounding standard. What if every American professional felt compelled to contribute 50 hours of their expertise to artists, entrepreneurs, non-profits, cultural organizations, and students every year? We’d live in a different society.
Fit and Finish is the name of this on-going side project. It is a free service designed for artists, students, and social enterprises with worthy causes and well-defined projects who need some help setting the tone, finding the tag, or organizing their thoughts for things like websites, presentations, statements, press-releases, invitations, grants, and business plans.
What I won’t do is all the work for you. But I can advise, edit, and tease out your own ideas. Sometimes you might need clarity. Sometimes you might need creativity. Other times, you might just want a collaborator. Don’t worry, I have a sense of humor and won’t judge.