Leilani Norman
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Leilani Norman completed a twenty-year arc of support to her parents when her mother died in late 2021. She holds a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and a BA in Psychology. Leilani is an artist, award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and the parent of two young adults. She lives in Bellingham, Washington where she makes art, writes, and volunteers with Dementia Support Northwest.

Leilani is the creator of Caring is Art, an illustrated gift book for caregivers. Her interest in caregiver self-advocacy through nutrition and wellness are the subjects of two academic papers she wrote, Connecting the Dots: Nutrition and Cognitive Health (2020), and Optimal Caregiving: Fostering Cooperation Between Direct Care Workers and Residents’ Family Members (2021).

Seattle-based broadcaster and podcast host Laurie Hardie interviewed Leilani on her show, “Spotlight with Laurie Hardie” in February 2022. Laurie and Leilani discussed the joys and challenges of dementia caregiving and the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth while caring for someone. In the 22-minute episode, Leilani shares her personal experience with her mother, offers facts about dementia and suggests ways that we can help those we know are caring for a parent, a partner, or a friend. Laurie says, “Your book is a comfort, it’s a connection and when I look at it, I immediately want to go get it and give it to my friends who are caregivers, because it’s so beautiful and you’re validating the caregiver.” https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Spotlighting-Caring-is-Art-With-Leilani–Norman

CV
Leilani Norman (b. 1962, USA)

EDUCATION
Professional Certificate, Gerontology, University of Washington
Metal Arts Program, Humboldt State University
Bachelor of Arts, California State University

Painting, Cole Art Studio
Painting, Seattle Artist League
Painting, Bellevue College
Ceramics, Bellevue College
Painting, Pratt Fine Art Center
Wholesale Mentorship Program, American Crafts Council
Metal Fabrication, Mendocino Art Center
Ceramics, Golden West College

AWARDS
Nihonga (Japanese painting workshop scholarship), Pacific Northwest Art School, 2022
Made in Yame, residency in Japan, School of Visual Arts & MOMA Wholesale (cancelled due to COVID-19) 2020
Best of Year Product Design Award of Merit, Interior Design 2007
Best of Year Product Design Award of Merit, Interior Design 2006
American Crafts Council, four-year wholesale contract, 2003

EXPERIENCE
2022 – Present | Founder, Caring Is Art
Caregiver support platform
2020-Present | Founder-Owner, Leilani Norman LLC
Fine art studio
2001-2014 | Founder-Owner, SpectraDécor LLC
Boutique manufacturer, handcrafted cabinet hardware
1997-2001 Founder-Owner, Leilani Norman
Jewelry and metals studio

VOLUNTEER
Equity Council, International Interior Design Association 2022
Dementia Support Northwest, 2021 to present
Seattle Metals Guild Board of Directors, 2003

MEDIA & BROADCAST APPEARANCES
Guest, “Spotlight with Laurie Hardie: Spotlighting Caring is Art with Leilani Norman”, 2022
PBS Pledge Special, “Aging Backwards Fastrack with Miranda Esmond-White”, 2019
TV commercial, “Snoqualmie Casino”, 2018
Microsoft Corporation internal media, 2015-2017
HGTV, “I Want That”, 2005, 2006
HGTV, “Kitchens and Bathrooms”, 2006