I’ve been active in the arts pretty much my entire life. While, more officially, my main focus of study has been music, my true love has always been art. In addition to creating all sorts of fun designs for kids clothes, I’ve been commissioned as an illustrator for kids books, a portrait painter and creator of center pieces for private parties.
My sisters and I all got the creative genes pretty dominantly. So, when they started growing their families, I knew I couldn’t give them your run-of-the-mill gifts… and thus began my enterprises with designing unique patterns to embellish everyday items their babies would need. Turns out I enjoyed it so much I just kept making them!
As these are clothes for kids, my aim is for the drawings to express a whimsical and playful feel to reflect the essence of childhood. However, I also strive to branch out from the generalized “pink princess” and “sports fan” designs that are so prevalent.
Each embellishment is an original design, conceived and drawn by me. After I’ve sketched out an idea, I simplify the drawing so it can be cut into a stencil. Once everything is fine tuned to my satisfaction, I carefully select the colors to coordinate with the clothing and design. Finally, it’s handprinted with care by yours truly.
I love using stencils; unwrapping each completed design is like unwrapping a present! With stencils, the design may be replicated, but as each item is painted by hand, each one is slightly different and is an original work of art.