Meet the Designer - Sparky & Marie

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a graphic designer living in Los Angeles, California with my husband, son and Jack Russell Terrier, Fitzgerald (named by my husband after the late President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy).

When did you first realise that you had a passion for design?

As a young girl, I took a school trip to see the art and architecture of my native city, Chicago. After seeing sculptures by Jean Dubuffet, Picasso and Alexander Calder, I was hooked.

Which other designers do you look up to?

Vera Neumann, Marimekko and Ray & Charles Eames

What advice would you give to the future generation of designers?

Find an awesome mentor. Get feedback. Don’t take yourself or your work too seriously. Take risks.

Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?

Everyday living – flowers in the garden, colours from vintage finds, textures from walks through nature. I’m also very much inspired by 60’s and 70’s floral designs.

Do you like to craft?

I do love to craft, especially decoupage.

What is your favourite Trimcraft collection so far?

The Merry Magic Christmas collection with its happy and bright colour palette.

What trends can we expect to see from you in the future?

Since becoming a mother in 2012, I’ve spent a lot of time imagining designs for children – sweet colour palettes, friendly characters, and all sorts of happy things. I’m certain this will influence future work.

Do you have any hobbies?

Quilting blankets for gifts, going for walks in my neighbourhood and baking pies and sweet breads.

If we gave you a million pounds how would you spend it?

I would love to devise a plan to build a very large and permanent piece of art in an outdoor public park or space that would involve the help of everyone in the community to construct (even visitors).

We love Michelle and her gorgeous papercraft collections including the new Neroli range. If you want to know more about Sparky & Marie you can
check out the website, facebook and twitter pages

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