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In a Nutshell...

I have a passion for creating designs that allow the photographs and memories your clients hold dear to take the spotlight, and illustrations that tell stories …Products that bring joy and become treasured and cherished family keepsakes.

I am inspired by everyday people doing kind things, by rainy afternoons, watercolors, and handmade everything - especially handmade typography and hand lettering.  

I am a self-employed, full-time graphic designer and artist based in Portland Oregon, and a mother of three. Until recently,I used to work from my home office, and from wherever I could take my sketchbook and iPad. Wonderful, old fashioned cafés were a nice break every once in a while, and made for the best work space away from the office.

This past year I moved my office outside the house, but I still enjoy occasionally taking my work to the café or the bagel shop across the street :)


Random facts about me

In no particular order...

1. I was born in Europe, Romania. For the curious, Romanian is Latin based and sounds a lot like Italian.
2. I grew up in Transylvania, but no vampire encounters to report on ;)
3. My favorite weekday is Tuesday.
4. One on one conversations with new people are still an adventure, and take me way out of my comfort zone.
5. For the past 4 years, the work I do through EW Couture has been supporting our family of 5 and has allowed for one of our dreams to come true - have a stay at home parent. If you've been using EW Couture products, you are part of our story and made it possible. Thank you!
6. Green Tea is the official drink at the office. Never been a green tea lover, but Mighty Leaf has changed my mind about it :)
7. I sneeze in threes, but I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with growing up in Transylvania, or being born in Europe.
8. I get attached to people and places, and I get my sense of home from belonging. And when it comes time for big changes, even for the best, I cry a little for what's lost, before I can fully take in the new and move on.
9. I focus best on work when my desk and office are organized. Clear space, clear mind.
10. Stationery and designer pencils are a couple of my guilty pleasures.
11. While I am a designer by trade and education, photography will always have my heart.
12. I am a self taught water-colorist and illustrator.
13. Behind the Stories (by Diane Eble) and Abundant Living: 364 Daily Devotions (by E. Stanley Jones) are two of my most favorite books that I like to randomly pick up and read. Bite sized wisdom on every page.
14. A perfect day out has my husband in it, a Portland’s Nu Vrei almond croissant and a stop at the bookstore.

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HOW I CAME TO CREATE EW COUTURE COLLECTION

I remember enjoying pencil drawing as a kid, something I rediscovered not long before starting the Graphic Design program. However, photography has always been my passion.
When applying for college, I chose the Design program over Photography, a little by chance. I didn’t have enough money to afford all that the Photography program required.
While in the Graphic Design program, I saved enough eventually and bought a film camera. Along with the few photo classes I took , I studied and researched photography at length, on my own.

I started creating marketing templates as a way to give back and say thank you to the photographers who took the time to help me and answer my questions, during the Flickr days. ...That's how EW Couture Collection was born.


 samples from the Mpix EW Couture Collection line of products

samples from the Mpix EW Couture Collection line of products

What i like about what i do

Designing takes me on a creative journey and a process of discovery unique to every project I work on. I get to create for a living - art and products that trigger attitudes, emotions and/or actions. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to be able to creatively solve a problem. What else is the process of design, if not creative problem solving?

Edgar Degas, said it so beautifully: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Design is always present. It affects our lives in ordinary, mundane, as well as remarkable ways, and most of the time we are not even aware of it. It’s satisfying and humbling being part of this process!
 


Outside of creating photo templates I like to...

I am very passionate about designing and while it is more than a job for me, it is not my life. I enjoy cooking for my husband and our 3 children. It’s my happy place. …I love the bounty of flavors in Italian food, especially!

When I am not creating art or something new in the kitchen, I am playing and laughing with the kids and Paul, kissing boo-boos, reading, or we are out on walks as a family. I am still fascinated with the ways the kids experience and discover life every day.

I am always ready to read a good book. My favorite movies are probably the Incredibles, Gladiator and The Martian. Making others smile makes me content. I would like to visit Prague soon, and I dream of planting my own vegetable garden and a butterfly garden in our future back yard.

family and artist portrait courtesy of Velvet Owl Photography/Heidi Haden