Shlii came into existence from an artist's dream of creating unique, cute character designs that bring joy to others. Jackie Ashley of Norfolk, VA taught herself how to sew around 2008 and soon discovered her passion: designing and sewing plush toys. It was something completely different from the traditional arts and graphic design job that she started out with, so it took great determination and a bit of bravery to start making and selling plush toys full time in 2010. She still puts her traditional and digital design skills to good use with her art prints, enamel pin and keychain designs. The journey of being a full time artist has not been an easy one, but the loving support from her fans and customers makes it all worth it.