One of the projects to which I am looking most forward is painting our living room (again) and hanging some fun new artwork. Over the past couple of months, I have collected some great finds from Etsy and 1000 Markets.
Last week, I was looking for a couple more items and came across Elegant Snobbery. Her artwork literally made me smile.
I was so impressed with her fun pieces that I contacted her and asked if she'd like to be interviewed and, much to my delight, she was happy to oblige.
Marisa is the talented lady behind Elegant Snobbery. Let's get to know her a bit better.
Q: How long have you been an artist?
I was about 14 when I decided I wanted to create art for children for a living. Something about colorful and whimsical illustrations appealed to me right from the start. It wasn't until about a year and a half ago, though, that I realized I wasn't getting any younger when it came to my dreams, and that perhaps I should take a chance and get my art out there in the world. That was when I opened up my Etsy shop, and every day, when I see the feedback from customers who tell me their child loves my art, I feel like I'm doing EXACTLY what I want to do.
Q: I literally smile when I see your sock monkey collection. Do you have a favorite?
I have a couple of favorite illustrations; my Captain Monkeybones sock monkey pirate, and my Hello, Friend! hedgehog. They just never fail to make me happy and incidentally, they are my top sellers. I guess my customers feel the same way!
Q: To me your work is so fun, light-hearted and just plain joyful. What inspires you to create such happy, yet beautiful pieces?
I have two little girls who give me the yay or nay whenever I create a new piece. If it passes the Gracie-test (i.e. if my 4-year old squeals with excitement when she sees it) I know it is right for my shop. I'm also a fan of color, and sometimes its as simple as digging through my pencil box and pulling out a combination of colors I love - and seeing what I can create from them!
Q: Do you have other creative outlets? Do you enjoy other types of arts & crafts?
I have a few TOO MANY creative outlets. I want to be a writer of YA fiction, and whenever I'm not working on a new illustration, I'm working on finishing my book. I also love to sew, scrapbook, and I blog almost daily, turning the most hair-pulling moments with my kids into something funny I can share with my readers.
Q: Buying handmade is such a focus on Chic & Green. What does the handmade movement mean to you, not as an artist, but as a consumer?
It wasn't until I began to sell my own handmade items that I realized just how important the handmade movement is! Now, I never buy something mass-produced unless I've looked in the handmade market first. The idea of supporting a person just like me, one who works hard creatively to get themselves and their handmade, unique items out there, really resonates with me.
Thank you, Marisa, for sitting down to talk with us today!
I'd also like to share some of Marisa's links with you: