Hi there! My name’s Ewa (pronounced Eva, or some like to call me Ava) and I’m the new Visual Designer here at Forge3!
I was born and raised in a small town in Poland where I spent the first three years of my life. Afterwards my parents bravely decided to take the whole family (my brother, sister and me) and immigrate to New York City so we could have a better life and more opportunities in the future. Although moving came with a lot of challenges, especially for my parents, the U.S. soon became our home sweet home!
Growing up I always loved working on the computer, often times so much my mom would start to get annoyed. My first introduction to the world of design was through Myspace, where I would spend hours trying to tweak the code and personalize my own page. It was then that I discovered how much I enjoyed designing.
I graduated from The New York Institute of Technology in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a minor in Chemistry. While in school, I took a few classes in web development, and helped my brother design his photography business website which ultimately made me decide to pursue web design as a career. After getting my degree I began searching for jobs and got offered a web design job opportunity at Enter.net in Allentown, PA. It was hard leaving my family behind in NYC at first, but now I realize leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city and moving to the Poconos was the best decision I ever made. I now live in a small, peaceful town in the Poconos with my husband Chris, my dog Maya and my cat Misha. The best part of living in a small town is the fresh mountain air, and being surrounded by nature everywhere you go. It is the best place to relax, unwind, watch the stars and enjoy the quiet.
After working at Enter.net for 6 ½ years, and traveling to work almost 2 hours a day, I decided it was time for a change. Winters were brutal, and having to drive in the snow (especially in the higher elevations) became terrifying. My friend and co-worker Ian told me about the opportunity at Forge3, and I immediately went online and discovered they were hiring a designer and decided to apply because it was too good of an opportunity to pass by. I always loved the idea of working remotely and knew it was a possibility, but had no idea where or how to find a job that would allow me to do it until I came across Forge3. And here I am now – working from the comfort of home and enjoying every moment!
Outside of work, I enjoy reading, watching movies and TV shows (I’m a huge fan of the fantasy and medieval genre, particularly Game Of Thrones), spending time with my husband and animals, gardening, going to the Renaissance Faire and making my own beauty and household products. I like to live a healthier, chemical-free lifestyle, so I find ways to make less toxic versions of the products I use on a daily basis. So far I have created my own laundry detergent, hand soap, air freshener, face wash, and moisturizer. I am also planning on making more of my own cleaning products in the near future. :)
Thank you all for reading! I am very excited to be a member of the Forge3 team and I look forward to working with some of you on your ActiveAgency websites!