Erin Shigaki opened Purple Gate Design in 2001. She has worked in New York City design firms since 1996, following a brief career in child advocacy. Erin earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University and did additional design and fine art study at the American University in Washington, DC; the Yale Summer Program in Graphic Design in Brissago, Switzerland; School of Visual Arts; Cooper-Union; Third Ward, Lower East Side Print Shop and the Torpedo Factory.
Erin has gleaned much inspiration from the LES NYC public school kids she has taught printmaking to, as well as from kids facing illness whom she draws with through the incredible Ink Well Foundation. She also is a volunteer tennis teacher with the Knick Kids Program.
Erin calls both Seattle and Brooklyn home.