As we wrap up our season of #slowdownwithschoolhouse and ready ourselves for our Fall launch, we wanted to highlight one final artist from our Spring/Summer '15 line: Kristina Micotti, who designed this exclusive Zebra Cactus print for us.
Kristina is a graphic designer and illustrator based in the San Francisco area. She hand drew this charming Haworthia using original India ink in her home studio. Each framed print is signed by her and would compliment any room or decor style. We had a chance to ask Kristina about her artistic process and how she takes time to find those slow moments in her day. Here’s an insider look into what we learned….
How did you first get involved with your craft? What advice can you give to other makers out there?
"I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, whether it was doodling in class or cartoons for/of my friends. I never considered my craft a career until it won me AIGA’s Best Illustration award in college and opened up opportunities for me that I could never have imagined.
The advice that I would give to other makers is to learn to trust yourself and keep on making. It is tough starting out but if you are truly passionate about what you do, keep at it and people will notice."
Who has the greatest impact on your craft?
"My husband has the greatest impact on my craft. He really pushes me to keep on creating and lets me be my true creative self. Without him I wouldn’t be as far in my career as I am today."
What do you find most rewarding about the making process?
"Sharing my work is the most rewarding part of the process. All my hard work pays off when I am able to display a wall of India ink paintings at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco and see customer’s unfiltered reactions to my paintings of dogs wearing sunglasses and sloths eating pizza."
What are some of your favorite moments while making your craft?
"My favorite moments while making my craft are listening to either podcasts or Harry Potter audio books while painting at my desk with my dog, Buster, snoozing underneath."
In line with our Slowing Down Spring Launch theme, when was the last time you felt no pressure to hurry up and do something? Where could less be more in your life?
"I start every morning with a long walk with Buster where I feel no pressure to hurry up. I really value this time to clear my head and get ready for the day."
"For me, less animal figurines would be more. It all started with an abandoned small plastic gorilla that followed me home from a park in Paris and I moved into one of my houseplants. Now I can’t seem to evict the countless others that secretly live in cupboards, plants, shelves and book cases throughout the house. I get a kick out of them but they are slowly taking over."