Athena CooperBy day Athena works as a digital marketer, but by night she unfurls her creative cap as an acrylic and digital painter. As a co-founder of Tilted Windmills, she uses her artistic skills to create the unique and powerful illustrations for the campaigns.

Athena was born with a rare genetic condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which causes weakened bones and muscles and a diminutive stature. As an adult, she stands 3'7" tall, and uses a power wheelchair for speed and safety. Although she has had to deal with her fair share of medical issues, including fracturing over thirty bones to date, Athena believes that it is not her weakened bones or her wheelchair that disable her, but the attitudes of society itself.

For this reason, Athena strives to push into social and physical spaces that continue to prove challenging to people with disabilities. In this way she hopes to provide opportunities for other people with disabilities to demonstrate the strength and value of what they have to offer.


Athena's Articles

WEBCOMIC: We’re Going to Calgary

posted: August 12, 2018

Yes, at the beginning of August we really did make our big move from Vancouver to Calgary and it seemed only right that our tortoise and mouse counterparts ought to do the same. We have no doubt that their adventure in this … read more

The new De Villiers-Cooper coat of arms

posted: April 28, 2018

I mentioned to Stefan that, in the midst of all the packing and prep for our big move to Calgary, that I was starting to feel like we were becoming the De Villiers-Cooper clan about to set off on our … read more

Doodle Collabs by Stefan & Athena

posted: March 31, 2018

One of the many things I love about our relationship is that we aren’t just partners romantically, Stefan and I also really enjoy partnering up creatively. This began back in early 2016 when we co-founded Tilted Windmills and now we’re … read more

Horace & Abigail wish you happy holidays!

posted: December 20, 2017

Dear friends, Don’t know about you, but around here, 2017 came with many surprises, challenges, and memorable moments. Some of those memorable moments included my acceptance into the Master’s of Social Work program at University of Calgary, and Athena participating … read more