NEW ARTIST - Gisela Villaverde 🖤
For Gigi Villaverde, a career in graphic design and illustration started with a need for self-expression. As a child, she loved painting and drawing the things around her. As she got older, that love grew into wanting to create pieces of design that would be beautiful and functional for other people as well as herself. She decided to study graphic design, but her love for patterns came after signing up for a course in stamping technique.
Her curiosity for how an illustration could be repeated indefinitely and applied to any surface, made her realise that making people happy by embellishing everyday items with illustration was her true calling. Gigi names Laura Varsky, an Argentine designer and illustrator, Moniquilla, a Spanish illustrator and Elizabeth Olwen, a Canadian designer and illustrator, as her artistic influences.
She admires the strong personalities they express through their work and likes to do the same by using her Argentinian culture and Italian/Spanish ancestry. She finds inspiration everywhere, from the tile patterns in the Buenos Aires subway, to the small garden of flowers her husband looks after. She believes that everything is a source of inspiration which allows her to reinterpret reality and transform it into patterns. She has a special place in her heart for all her Designer Bums illustrations and loves that Designer Bums is a committed brand, not only to their customers by offering quality products, designs and exclusivity, but also for its commitment to the environment.
In her free time, she enjoys walks with her husband and spending time with her family. She is currently learning to speak Italian to become closer to her grandparents, who came to Argentina from Italy. Her origins are significant to her, and she is enjoying learning more about her heritage as she progresses.
Check her out on IG @gigi_villaverde
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