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!
and the set of images is great!
Lovely to read this interview and see her gorgeous products/studio! Heading over to her site to see if I can find a wedding gift! xoReplyDelete
Great post Elie! Love her products--they're truly lovely!ReplyDelete
xo Mary Jo
What gorgeous goodies–I just love that Equal but Different print!ReplyDelete
What a great post! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
I love everything in her beautiful store!ReplyDelete
Thank you - big time! - for your beautiful post and nice words. I'm flattered, to say the least!ReplyDelete
im not a cook but this makes me want an apron at least!ReplyDelete
Love the juxtaposition of the stripes with the polka dots! These are such a lovely touch to a kitchen!ReplyDelete
this is just lovely!ReplyDelete
thanks so much for coming by my blog!
all the pieces look amazing thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
I really love her items. They would definitely make great gifts for any occasion.ReplyDelete
Wonderful interview - what a fabulously inspiring woman! I love her products - the colors and patterns are perfect for me. Hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
At first I liked the dots, then the 'gather' bag but then... the 'equal' tea towel came along. Now that's a need, not just a want!ReplyDelete
Great interview too.
Christina has tons of talent - thank you for sharing her work with us!ReplyDelete
Wow I love everything about this post! Very talented. xoReplyDelete
What wonderful natural looks and a great philosophy!ReplyDelete
very sweet! thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
the textiles and prints are so great. it was fun reading and learning more about her work.ReplyDelete
What a great interview! I love everything she creates!ReplyDelete
i love it! thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Oh I am in awe of Christina. She has such an amazing talent! Beautiful work!!!ReplyDelete
this is very interesting <3ReplyDelete
Nice interview! I hope they send their stuff to Austria as well!ReplyDelete
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Oh so talented, and her workspace is MINT!ReplyDelete
awesome!! love it :)ReplyDelete
Wow those are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Lovely products, I really like them! :-)ReplyDelete
I love the patterned tea towels and the fact that they are neutral and can go anywhere.ReplyDelete
Just wonderful!! xxReplyDelete