president // creative director // Co Founder



fig = James and Michele who love making art into life and life into art.

Michele is the original fig style maven and continues to sanction all that fig does. She shares successes and failures with others so that they may succeed and avoid same failures and values being a net add. Her pet peeve is a net taker. Favorite proverb “Walk softly on this earth”. She is grateful for all that she is given and wishes to act more so every day. 

Michele met James at work and they created fig to be and evolve as their as a collaborative process and ongoing artistic project. Michele loves music- her playlists were fig's first promos for fig deejay; James has always made films and Michele loves his story telling and amazing ability to tell truth and behold beauty- hence fig films; Michele and James have been isolating moments and printing stills from their video projects since fig films' inception in 1995- now fig photography partners well with fig films to create amazing and unique projects.

She lives her version of the concept of Adveda Vedanta- gracefully and gratefully doing what is in front of one to the one's highest and best ability. Serving well and to our highest whilst making fabulous projects is a core value at fig. Michele is a fig systems person, she works in sales, marketing, branding, she writes, looks for and tracks continuity, avid music lover, orients the flow and design for fig and fig's projects. She slaps what ever tire isn't turning or needs it.

Michele's background is 8+ years of formal training in painting and printmaking. She has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, she has had numerous awards, solo and group shows and continues to paint a do private shows in Chicago. 


Michele is on The List, for Michigan Avenue Magazine!
Join us in congratulating Michele Gustin for being selected to The List, page 40 of the Late Spring issue of Michigan Avenue magazine.