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Introducing Lisa Liidemann
Lisa Liidemann is a Toronto-based graphic designer and illustrator. At her day job, she creates custom artwork for major hotel chains. During convention season, Lisa exhibits her anime and video game fan art at artist alleys, and all year round she's selling artwork and accessories from her online stores. In 2005, Lisa launched Studio Marimo, a weird little brand that started with art prints but has transformed into the 3-dimensional to include embroidered patches, enamel pins, keychains, and pinback buttons. Since 2010, Lisa has been running Marimo Buttons, a custom button-making service that has found most of its client base in the local Toronto artist scene. Lisa finds her inspiration in cute animals, old video games and technology, bold and colorful patterns, and classic cartoons. Her favorite animal changes on a week-to-week basis. This week: the elephant seal.
Introducing Thais Marchese
Thais is a Seattle based artist and graphic design student. She started Sleepy Mountain as a creative outlet in 2010 but it became her full time career in 2014. Her work is heavily influenced by pop culture and nature. Her products are carried in a number of indie art shops throughout the country and has even been worn by the likes of Bryan Cranston and Tegan & Sara. When she is not working in the Sleepy Mountain studio she is out exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and her dog Chewy (the SM mascot), concocting delicious meals at home, or watching The Office on Netflix.
Introducing Tess Shearer
House of Wonderland was set up in 2012 by Tess with just £10. HOW was born in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland with a passion for designing and making happy and fun products which bring a little magic to anyone’s day. Tess relocated to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England in 2015 where she currently runs her business. Tess has help from her husband Steve, three children, and her highly inspirational super fluffy cat, Dinah! When she’s not in the office conjuring up new designs, you can usually find her working on some creative project such as knitting, crochet, or sewing! Living with 4 boys means that there is rarely a dull moment and although life can be very hectic at times, she’s learned much along the way and looks forward to continuing down the road where her passion takes her.
Valfré is a LA based women’s apparel and accessories brand that was founded by Mexican-born artist, Ilse Valfré. The brand launched in late 2013 and has quickly become a global source for the creative and wild-at-heart.
Valfré’s mission is to bring her art to life by creating unique products that are a direct reflection of the psychedelic world that she has created. Her work explores the poignant tension between vulnerability and confidence as she transports her audience into the hearts and minds of the characters that she creates.
Explore the Valfré Dimension at Valfre.com
Abby is an artist residing in Austin, Texas. She established i.heart.avocado after quitting her boring day job to follow her creative dreams. The concept for i.heart.avocado is influenced by a love for art, cute animals and avocados. She enjoys creating fun, happy designs, and is equally excited to see people wear them. When she’s not drawing pins on her laptop, you will find Abby in her studio painting with acrylics and watercolor. She also has a passion for plant based cooking. She has two sweet little boys, who like keep her very busy. And yes, she does add avocado to everything. You can say hello to her at email@example.com.
Meet the Maker of our August enamel pin! Bri Bulski is an illustrator and product designer residing in Eugene, Oregon. She founded Little Arrow in 2013 after she left her job as Art Director at a nationally recognized greeting card company. She did not attend college but instead learned the graphic design trade on the job. The name Little Arrow is significant on a personal level, and reminds her to always move forward no matter what, even if she’s scared of the future and what she’s trying to accomplish seems impossible. She does her best to pay attention and follow her internal compass, the “little arrow” inside her heart.
Bri’s parents own the local flea market where she grew up helping out. Lovingly called “The Flea”, she’s scored a ton of fun and weird vintage prize possessions over the years and to this day it’s her favorite way to spend a Sunday morning. Her cheery design studio is decorated with bright colors and items she’s found thrifting. Her designs are heavily influenced by toys and memorabilia from her childhood and vintage clothing and costume jewelry. She loves unicorns, rainbows, and anything that symbolizes positivity. She loves to design products that make people smile and laugh when they see them.
When she’s not in the studio she’s lifting weights at the gym, having a cocktail with her gal pals, or exploring Oregon with her husband and 2 dogs. Her most favorite meal is a cheeseburger and a chocolate milkshake and her favorite album is a toss-up between Post by Björk, Singles by Future Islands, and Hounds of Love by Kate Bush.