Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lovers Lane

The one thing that I absolutely love about friendship is, what I call, the "butterfly effect;" where one friend can open up doors to becoming friends with someone you may have never met otherwise. In our blog world, this happens every day; where one comment may lead you to a blog, which may lead to a "follow," and if you are lucky, a "blogship." A couple of months ago, a woman I knew told me that she had a friend that she "just had to introduce me to" because she felt that we had a lot in common. A few weeks later, we planned to meet at the Irvine Flea Market; because this woman loves treasure hunting {apparently} just as much as I do! {and she does}

But at first glance, I don't think anyone would have paired us together. Cathy and I are not the same age, we don't have children the same age, nor are we from the same geographical location. But what we do share is far more meaningful and significant. We have discovered that we share the same style and profound love for vintage treasures, textiles, and the arts. 

Last week, Cathy invited me to her home for lunch and to learn more about her as an artist. But what I didn't expect, was to leave her home with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for her gift of friendship. Cathy is a very special lady whose art represents an inherent message that I feel so honored to share with you today, as her friend. 

Lovers Lane: Cathy Cervantes

Meet the lovely and talented Cathy Cervantes. Cathy is a graphic designer, who has focused her 30 year career on helping non-profits and small start ups with all of their graphic design needs. Her mission statement, for her graphic design business, has always been: "Do good work for good people." Cathy's objective to consciously surround herself with positiveness and love is beautifully displayed through her work as an artist and avid vintage collector; and most importantly, as a wife and mom.

"Layer upon layer, {Cathy} looks for love in objects that are least expected, and authenticity in the most inopportune places." Cathy's artwork is created from digital collages from her vintage collections, that represent and share her love of childhood memories, and all of the wonderful feelings that are inherent in those playful images. Further, Cathy creates deeper layers of meaning through her use of paint colors that are bright and cheerful. Cathy describes color as, "my voice and iconography my explanation." 

Right Before I Fall Asleep
Cat Dreams

Cathy creates all of her art out of her home based "Trixie Design Studio." Her artwork is beautifully displayed in almost every room of her home, along with her treasured vintage collections. Each piece in Cathy's collection is a conversation starter, a mood uplifter, and a representation of Cathy as a person; for layer after layer, Cathy is a constant source of inspiration, creativity, and love.   

1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? Well, lately I have been getting most of my inspiration online, through blogs, websites, links, etc. I started to find that, instead of being inspired to do more creative things, it was making me a deer-in-the-headlights kind of artist. I start to get intimidated, and instead of trusting myself, I was judging myself to these other very talented people. So, I decided not to look at other people’s work for awhile, and just close myself off. I still look at clothes of course, and a few of my friend’s sites. I totally want to put blinders on and just paint exactly what come into my head. As far as my graphic design influences, I still love to look at other people’s designs and get great inspiration from that, along with funky signage, old stuff and Communication Arts.

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? I have so many, and I am assuming it doesn’t include live people or creatures. My original troll doll collection, which I started when I was 6 years old. My two carousel horses, my Hygena cabinet, my giant ice cream cone, my grandmother’s little glass pieces, my family quilts, my donkey collection, I guess I had better stop now!

3. What is your favorite comfort food? 
Anything with gravy. Biscuits and gravy. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. Oh, and sushi of course. (no gravy

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? I guess in elementary school. I loved to draw and often used visual aids that I made myself to add to my reports and such. I got lots of positive feedback, and I didn’t have to work hard. I remember asking my high school art teacher if I could paint abstractly instead of what I was being required to paint (animals, people, etc.) She told me about some abstract artists and I started to see what was possible.

5. Best advice you ever received? 
From my grandmother right before she passed away-- “you are very special, don’t ever forget that.” I was 13. And lately, I keep hearing this: Remain detached from the outcome. I’ve been trying to do that more.

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? 

Don’t believe the best or the worst stuff that you hear about your work!

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? 

I have an overwhelming desire to yodel and play the fiddle. I can’t do either.

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? 

Yes, I truly am. Things, just like people and animals, need to be loved, accepted for what they are, cared for and given a safe place!

9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) 

Hopefully in some really cool gallery in Santa Fe, LA, New York, New Orleans, or Paris. Why not think big?

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? 

Again, too many favorites to name! I guess my favorites are my Johnny Was dresses and my Hollywood Trading Company boots. But, realistically? I wear this one pair of ripped up Levi’s, t-shirts and a ratty pink plaid jacket. I work at home.


  1. Another perfect interview. What a talented woman!

  2. It seems as if talented, thoughtful women are draw to each other. GREAT interview!

  3. my favorite is the last one= )

    i'm your new follower!

    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

  4. Hi Samantha :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, looking forward to reading your blog from now on. Here's to new blogships! xx Ava

  5. What a wonderful artist, and such a beautiful perspective!

  6. This is great! That's awesome that you had such a awesome friendly connection. I really love you blog and your love for vintage. I'm totally following =)

    - Sarah

  7. great interview.
    what a lovely friendship, and yes, i also love that friendship butterfly effect!


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