This award-winning designer has been featured in many national and international publications including WWD, Real Simple Magazine, and Daily Candy NYC and has been shown on the runway in New York City, Chicago, and LA .
A self-declared “lake-kid”, Joy attributes much of her creativity to spending childhood summers at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake, Minnesota. No television and a small boom box didn’t seem to matter to her and her older brother when there was so much else to do. She spends as much time as possible there with her husband
and small son and finds creative inspiration in many lake-things.
In 1989 her mother, Jane, was dying of breast cancer and Joy fashioned a beret out of a vintage dress to wear to her brother’s wedding. It was the very first thing Joy ever designed and sewed. Her mother died two weeks later and was buried in the hat…..twenty-some years later Joy still feels her mom’s presence guiding her.
Before starting Joynoelle in 2003, Joy received her Masters in Art Education and taught at the high school level for many years. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, Africa from 1993 to 1996 where she learned living simply and having purpose is what makes her the most happy.