us a bit about your background -- what led you into art and what drives
I was always the artsy kid, and must have drawn millions of horses when
I was that age. I even majored in art in high school, having to analyze
and paint a short part from The Valkyrie opera in my final exam.
Nevertheless, I chose a different path and worked as marketing manager
for years, only doodling and drawing in my free time.
When I started
my own business, I was finally able to combine my love
for design with marketing tasks, doing loads of logos, illustrations,
and mascots in the last two years (in addition to websites, social media
campaigns, and the whole shebang.)
By now, I know I need variation to be happy. Only doing logos all day
long would kill me just as quickly as a 9-to-5 marketing job. So this
week, a new challenge looms – limiting my own company to design work and
one favorite client, while working part-time as marketing manager again.
Wish me luck!
inspires your designs?
I am a sucker for cute and quirky. I am happiest when doing some cartoon
dog or hippo, or a retro-inspired logo from the '50s. I often browse the
web for inspiration, especially when it comes to colors or shading, and
have an unmanageable bookmark list.
us a bit about your design and the story behind it.
If I still had the figure (and patience, and longer hair), I would love
to be a true "rockabella," like I was in my teen years. Petticoats,
pencil skirts, burlesque dancing, "Grease," "Cry Baby," Jimmy Dean,
Johnny Cash – loving it all. The girl was drawn on a Wacom tablet, by
the way, then finalized in Adobe Illustrator.
your favorite handmade craft you’ve ever made?
Sock monkeys! Which reminds me… I probably should get started on
What’s your studio/workspace like?
I mainly work on the sofa. Laptop in front of me, music in the
background and hot tea or coffee as well as the phone within reach … me
happy. In addition, I have a large work space for sewing, where
much-neglected fabrics and leather hides are stacked around my sewing
and embroidery machines.
if you were a Crayola crayon, what color would you be?
Which one tastes of chocolate? That's me.
You can check out more of Gila’s stuff at her website,
Cross the Lime.