Hi, I’m Ava Francesca!
(But that’s a lot of letters, so ‘Ava’ or ‘af’ is just fine!” )
I am an undergraduate senior and first-year graduate student at Loyola University Chicago, where I am concurrently pursuing my BA Advertising and MS Global Strategic Communication.
As a life-long traveler, I am fascinated by the relationship between communication and culture. While living in and frequently traveling to Winnipeg, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, I noticed differences in advertising campaigns of multinational brands on opposite sides of the border. This curiosity was fueled during my time in the Port of Duluth-Superior. As the largest port on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, the wide-reaching impact of domestic and international trade and diversity of natural resources served as a valuable introduction to communication within the context of political economy.
In addition to my studies, I also design, produce and manage a size-inclusive, body positive, women’s vintage reproduction apparel line called Timely Attire Company.
When I’m not ‘seamstressin’ and studyin’,” my interests include public history and industrial heritage(think “grains and trains”), rail-fanning, biking, alternative print media, and photography. I am also a Research Assistant at the Social & Interactive Media Lab (SIMLab) at Loyola University Chicago under the direction of Dr. Florence Chee.
Want to collaborate? Feel free to shoot me a message under "Contact" or email me at abattocchio[at]luc[dot]edu.