Jameson Alea (formerly Jameson Hampton) is a non-binary adventurer located in the heart of the West side of Buffalo, NY. They’re an artist who turned into a programmer after one too many animation classes that were computer science classes in disguise. They’ve made their career doing Ruby on Rails and JS development, but they also remain passionate about art. Their primary artistic medium is letterpress printing, but they’re also a photographer and poet, and their art is informed by their interests in history, magic and alchemy.
Jamey is currently working as a senior software engineer at Wrapbook, building payroll software for the entertainment industry to support gig workers.
Previously, they’ve worked at True Link Financial, helping folks in financially at-risk demographics manage their finances, and Artemis (formerly Agrilyst), a startup that’s doing data analysis and crop management for indoor farms. They’ve also been a contractor, working on projects such as Medicapt, a Human Rights Tulip award nominated mobile app to help physicians in third world countries to collect medical evidence of sexual violence crimes in order to increase prosecution. They often speak at conferences, particularly about transgender advocacy and engineering ethics.
Articles about projects Jamey has worked on
- New Weapon to Fight Rape in African Wars Is Mobile-Phone App
- Agrilyst Wants To Be The Google Analytics For Greenhouses
- Agrilyst Reports Indoor Agriculture Over 4k Times More Productive Than Outdoor Commodity Crop Production
Jamey is passionate about printmaking in a variety of different forms. They love zines, both making and reading them, and they have served as the resident zine librarian at Sugar City Arts Collaborative. As a letterpress printer, they have done artist residencies at Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH and the Book Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, where they are also a current teaching artist.
Jamey’s greatest wish is that they were immortal so they’d have time to visit every coffee shop in the world. They spend their free time thinking about Star Wars, being a world ranked scavenger hunter (after winning GISHWHES in 2015!), cheering for the Buffalo Bills, and going out into the woods to set sculptures on fire.