Meet the Vendor: Marika Paz Illustration + Giveaway
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Marika! I am an illustrator and artist in Portland, OR.
I am inspired by the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, folklores and fairytales, and symbolism in esoteric arts. Dreamy and imaginative, I try and create a world of magic, wonder, and possibilities.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I have been painting and working on expanding my spirit animal paintings to include more animalia. I love exploring animal mythology, folklore, and incorporate symbolism to represent each animal differently in my illustrations.
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
My new sticker packs. They are so much fun and include a boy scout raccoon, chipmunk girl scout, and badger cub scout- make sure to check them out!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Interacting with new people and getting a chance to meet face to face. It’s great to connect through instagram and facebook, but it is always so wonderful to meet in person! Also, I love getting to meet other inspiring artists and makers.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
I had a customer who loved a particular painting ( a badger painted on wood) she saw at a show. She went back and forth on whether to get it, and decided not to. Later, she emailed me inquiring if I still had it, but it had sold. Her husband later contacted me to custom make a piece for her of a fox on wood (her favorite animal) for Christmas- he said she couldn’t forget the first painting! She was so surprised when she received the gift- it was such a sweet moment to get to be a part of! I love when clients and customers really connect with my work.
Win a Keep You Safe 1×14″ Archival Art Print by Marika Paz Illustration!
To enter to win a Keep You Safe 1×14″ Archival Art Print by Marika Paz Illustration, leave a comment below. Entries open until Sunday, June 7th. Be sure to leave your name and email so we can let the winner know where they can pick up their prize at the UCU summer show.