Serving Behind the Scenes: Heather Warriner
Recently Signe Damdar sat down with Heather Warriner to give us a glimpse into her life and how she uses her creativity within WEFC.
Q: How long have you attended WEFC?
A: My whole life! My grandpa was a former pastor here, Pastor Fredolf Anderson. I also have been teaching preschool here through Bright Beginnings for 7 years.
Q: What is your art background?
A: I attended the University of Connecticut and majored in fine arts, with a concentration in illustration. I spent nine years working in a studio where I spent half of my days hand-painting, and the other half on the computer working with web design, web maintenance, and graphic design.
Q: What was your first design project using your artistic talents for WEFC?
A: I think my first project was ten years ago when then Children’s Ministry Director, Cindy Nicewonger, asked me to redo a Bible coloring book. I redrew every page of the coloring book using Adobe Illustrator.
Q: What are some of the projects that you have been involved with over the past ten years?
A: I designed the Night of Joy logo, and created the Night of Joy star banner, as well as most of the Women’s Ministry posters and graphics. My current projects include creating the rotating banners on the WEFC website. The banners are limited on space, so that creates a special but interesting challenge. One of my most recent projects was designing the new logo for Bright Beginnings Preschool. As a teacher there, this was a special project for me, since the preschool is very close to my heart.
Q: What has been your favorite project?
A: The Women’s Ministry posters were my favorite because of the wide range of events. It was fun to brainstorm ideas with the Women’s Ministry Team. It was a throwback to my art school days when we would spend much of our classroom time on collaboration, critiques, and creative discussions.
Q: Does anyone help you?
A: My 7 year-old son, Owen, is my little art director. He actually chose the brown colored shepherd’s staff in the new sermon series graphic. That was his creative contribution to the design.
Q: How can graphic design play an important role in the church?
A: Good design is important. It may be one of the first impressions people have of the church if they’re online. You want a website that will be eye-catching, welcoming, modern, and well-done. It’s important in all areas, not just on a website. We need to be relevant in the world, and if we look outdated, it could be a deterrent to some people. Younger people tend to communicate, research, and experience life through graphics. In Christian circles we should strive to be in tune with that reality and through increased attention to art and design, we will be able to create a more welcoming experience for the next generations.
Q: How might you encourage those with creative, behind-the-scenes talents to get involved with the church?
A: Sometimes it’s easier to work behind the scenes using the talents and abilities God has given us. Many beneficial jobs are not necessarily in the spotlight. I think that every job adds an important part to the puzzle, and without all of those pieces the church wouldn’t function at its best.
Q: Why is it important that there is a connection between art and the church?
A: The church isn’t always seen as the first place where we think of art and creativity but why not? God is the most creative artist of all and so I feel that there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be surrounded by beautiful things and creative design. I think that it’s a great testimony to God’s creativity reflected in us.