Atom & Eve Design

Eve Trombley of Atom & Eve Design specializes in unique handmade wall graphics in addition to stylized art for the home. I personally have a piece of her art hanging in my house, and I absolutely adore it!

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Eve.
It began probably about 5 years ago when I saw some simple circle designs on another graphic site. They were pretty pricey for what was likely just contact paper, and since I wanted black (a readily available color), I decided to buy a roll and make my own. It took off from there, and I started making more & more intricate designs. I have a Fine Arts background and love to draw & paint & decorate, but the vinyl was so much easier to use than painting murals on the wall. It's a solid opaque color with crisp lines from the get-go, unlike repeated layers of paint and trying to keep a straight hand or meticulous taping to get perfect shapes. Plus, vinyl is thin and blends right into the wall so it doesn't necessarily look like you stuck something to the wall. Also - if you're a chronic re-decorator like I am, they come off of the wall easily. Many of the photos in my shop are from my own home and graphics I've made for personal use.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I love to draw and paint, and incorporate those into decorating. Parts of my house and previous apartments have been featured on Apartment Therapy's website as well as DigsMagazine for the decorating aspect.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Right now, I'd say getting enough exposure so that I can eventually stop my day job and work on this full-time. I hope that's the direction it is heading, I truly enjoy the work of designing, cutting, and creating. I've got some new designs in the back of my mind waiting to spill out once I finish the current set of orders. I'm hoping they will further separate my shop from the pack and draw some more positive attention - even spur the creativity of shoppers in regards to custom orders.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Probably the NYC skyline or the Hot Rod scene.

I think the skyline is something that can look really sophisticated depending on the colors chosen. It was recently used as decor at a wedding reception in NYC, and it was a huge hit. Of course, using bright colors make it perfect for a kid's room - I recently added in a King Kong for the Empire State Building on an order for a 5 year old's room.

The hot rod scene is just fun. My husband and I had a hot rod themed bathroom a few years ago and this would have fit in perfectly. And my son adores it - he's always talking about "his" car on the wall.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I went through several phases... first an astronaut, which is really funny because I've never been on a rollercoaster and can't stand planes or heights. Then an author & illustrator, then a fashion designer... then in high school I really got into music and wanted to design cd cases/etc for bands. Once I got to college, though, graphic/advertising design wasn't creative enough for me (I felt like I was slapping other people's photos & text together) and I got out of that. I ended up in Fine Arts, which was good in terms of giving me a taste of different mediums and ways to express myself. The only downside was that the college I ended up at didn't have a strong graphics program so I didn't get any background in Photoshop or Illustrator, and I'm trying to learn design programs now.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Sarah Kane photography: Her photos are amazing and she offers many of them for sale if you contact her.

Crafterall: The topography/paper work is beautiful.

Meg Leigh Designs: She is lovely and offers a lot of beautiful jewelry/pendants. I did a lot of Christmas shopping in her shop last year!

Untamed Menagerie: More beautiful jewelry... very delicate and unusual. I'm currently coveting the peacock feather pendant.

Alyoisius Silkscreen Prints: Gorgeous, unusual, pop-art influenced screenprints.

Lottie Frank: Girly retro-inspired prints & drawings.

What does your future hold?
Hmmm.... lots of creativity, hopefully getting more recognition & orders and running this as a successful business for a long, long, long time... in addition to a happy home life with soon to be 2 kids and my husband.

Visit Atom & Eve Design at Etsy and She's running a special offer right now for return customers! If a customer sends her a photo showing how they used her work that she can display on her blog, she is offering 20% off of their next graphic order.