Allison grew up in Santa Barbara, California and was immersed in the west coast's vibrant nature and relaxed lifestyle. As the daughter of an interior designer, she was picking textiles and paint colors early. These experiences fuel her affinity for fresh modern style.
Allison studied communications at UC Berkeley and moved east to New York City to work in advertising and branding for Nabisco brands. Here she learned the art and science of product development and brand management.
An artist at heart, she returned to school in the master's program at Cranbook Academy of Art in Detroit, and studied the academy's textile and architecture design traditions including the work of Ray and Charles Eames, Florance Knoll, and Jack Lenor Larson.
Prior to forming Modernplum, Allison's drawings and fiber-based sculpture received critical attention from curators at the Museum of Contemporary Art Houston, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the High Museum in Atlanta among others.