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Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Theraisa.
My love for design actually started because of my love for music. When I was a teenager, I was deeply inspired by a host of underground/no-name bands, and my favorite way to help them spred the word of their music was to create websites. That eventually led into not only managing national and international street teams (I fronted a pro bono/non-profit promotional agency called Aid For Bands (later AFBPromotions) which operated from 1994-2005)), writing reviews (which led to not only writing for other magazines like IndustrialnatioN but also creating my own: Space Junkies Magazine (2002-2006)) but ultimately it led me to get more involved with visual communications (graphic design) and I created many flyers, album covers, t-shirts, logos and so on.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I absolutely love to design logos. I love the challenge they present - coming up with a unique idea that hopefully will last a lifetime. Other than that, I love running around taking photos of everything imaginable and trying to come up with unique angles/perspective, lighting and locations for ordinary things, especially bugs and flowers.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Trying to maintain a steady flow of clients and projects. This year has been exceptionally slow, the slowest its been in about 10 years!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An archaeologist (either a marine archaeologist or an Egyptologist), and I actually studied to be a North American Archaeologist...for one year at least! Then I switched over to graphic design.
What item in your collection would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
They can start with my personalized greeting cards, then a custom digital illustration (or photo converted to an illustration).
What other artists out there do you love?
I'm inspired by art on so many different levels, but I must admit advertisement design has and probably always will be a form of design that completely awes me. Music wise, Eminem has been a big inspiration to me and I think I will always enjoy his music... though I can't see myself liking his stuff when I'm 90, but then again, I have my quirks! Visual artist/painter wise, I've always loved Dali's works.
What does your future hold?
I wish I knew, that way I could plan for it!