Designer Moment: Strange Little Onion

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Tell us about yourself!

Though I currently live in Dallas, Texas, I’ve been a mid-century modern cartoon enthusiast since my childhood in Southern California. So when I started drawing, I naturally discovered a 1960’s minimalist undertone combined with Palm Springs-style architecture in my artwork. The scenes depict kicky, Jetsons-era soirees in cool mid-century abodes. I leave out facial features on my cartoon revelers so that no matter what you look like, you can see yourself attending the chic cocktail parties thrown by my kitschy little friends.

Tell us about the space where you do your work.

I don’t have an office per se. My art is predominantly digital, so I can create anywhere as long as I have my laptop. My favorite place to create my vintage-inspired cartoons and patterns is curled up on my actual mid-century modern 1950’s sofa that I reupholstered. I got the couch and matching chair from Craigslist because they were eerily close the ones from the Ricardo’s living room on I Love Lucy.

What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?

I don’t have a background in design — no formal training to speak of. But I have been creating my entire life. I’ve always been that child who was blissfully content with a box of crayons and a blank piece of paper.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I find inspiration everywhere — an advertisement for an antiperspirant that I see while flipping through a 1950s Life Magazine, old china dishes I find while thrifting…

When do you feel most creative? Your least?

I am I most creative right after I finished binge-watching a really good TV show. A lot of my favorite designs came off of my finishing the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And I am my least creative when I feel pressure to create. When I’m not feeling a design, I allow myself to walk away and revisit it later as opposed to whipping out something that I’m not happy with.

What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?

Every single time I have a new design, the first product I put it on is a postcard. There’s something so sweet and lovely about a postcard. Unlike a birthday card or a party invitation, which is expected or necessary, a postcard is something that you send out just because you’re thinking about someone. I personally think that people should send more postcards. They connect us to a simpler time, while being an informal text message of the letter-writing world.

If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?

I really wish Zazzle made men’s button-up dress shirts with an all-over print. I don’t know if the technology is there yet, but get on it Zazzle!

What was the very first Zazzle product you sold?

Like most designers, the first product I sold was a T-shirt I purchased for myself.

What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?

I have such a love of mid-century modern design that I have to go with housewares. It’s a thrill each time a customer contacts me because they are using my tiles to restore a mid-century modern home, etc…

What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?

Atomic Palm Springs Cocktail Party

Retro Cocktail Lounge

Retro Palm Springs House

Iconic Atomic Starbursts

Retro Romantic Gay Couple

Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?

Stick with it and create quality designs. A Zazzle store is not built in a day!

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?

I’m a big believer in going for your dreams. When not designing, I also work as an actor. Even though I haven’t been doing it that long, I’ve already appeared in a couple of commercials.

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