Thursday, May 31, 2012

PM Masters: Christina Weber

I came across Christina's amazing store Studiopatro, through a website and fell immediately in love with her designs and very useful products. On top of that all her products are hand made, sustainable and one of the best gifts you can give a good friend.

How did you get started in your career?

I was teaching art right out of college, and I loved it, but I wanted so badly to be a graphic designer. So I taught myself, learned by doing, and after a few years started my design firm. 32 years and many reiterations later, here I am... putting ink on cloth!

What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature (I love leaves!), architectural forms, fashion, patterns of light, color. 
A trip to an art museum. 
A stack of design and architecture magazines.
A Saturday walk through the Mission neighborhood. 
Flora Grubb Nursery.

Where do you work and how do you get organized around it?
 I crave lots of natural light and being surrounded by my work and what inspires me. So the walls of my studio are covered with colors and patterns and words and photography. Even marketing and business strategies become visuals on the walls. Visuals and thinking go hand-in-hand.

Which is your favorite client of project?
Always what I'm working on right now.

What other profession would you like to have besides yours?
Artist. Painter. Or filmmaker.

What are you listening to these days?
Can't get enough of Gotye. Also, Kate Bush, Emiliana Torrini, Rosanne Cash, Dusty Springfield, Sam Cooke, for starters.

 When you travel what are the essential items you take with you?
Scarves that double as "blankies". A good book, and a sketchbook.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
hmmmmm, what's a vacation??
Really though, I'm always looking forward to going somewhere new and different. To cities that are full of wonderful design and good food. 

What is the best business advice you can give someone?
Be generous, and make customer service your priority.

 What does the future hold for your business? Any plans?
Newness always! New designs, new products, new ideas. Collaborations too, hopefully.

Thanks you Christina for sharing with all of us your talent, for opening the doors to your studio and for showing us your beautiful products!