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Gila von Meissner, aka Cross the Lime, started her career thinking that maybe design and
doodling was only a hobby, but it nonetheless eventually blossomed into a job she loves,
and a business she’s working hard to run, all channeled by creativity. Her designs are cute
and quirky, and often a little retro feeling. We love a little retro around here, and who can
say no to cute?


Gila decided to channel her inner rockabilly and create this slightly snarky and classically
off-printed “Retro, Baby“ design for all your vintage needs, in machine embroidery and hand
embroidery
formats.

Tell us a bit about your background -- what led you into art and what drives you now?

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!


What 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.


Tell 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.


What’s your favorite handmade craft you’ve ever made?

Sock monkeys! Which reminds me… I probably should get started on Chanukkah presents.

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.

 


Finally, 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.

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