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Miniviews series - No. 72 with Cristina Romero
You’ve landed on the seventy-second installment of the Maker Miniviews (mini, two question interviews) series. Learn more about these maker interviews and view a list of all Miniviews.
Cristina Romero is a creative through and through - illustrator, ceramist, graphic designer, and on. Cristina started Howdy Studios, selling unique handmade ceramics, t-shirts, prints, and more on Etsy. This maker’s style is super unique - ceramics that blend both bright and natural tones and presents with a fun, eclectic vibe that embodies emotion and experiences.
Check out this interview with Cristina Romero!
I'm a Maker Because...
Cristina Romero interview
What inspires you to keep making things?
"This is going to sound extremely vague and cliché, but life around me! I love making pieces that reflect how I'm feeling, or experiences I went through. Before COVID I would go thrifting a lot and I would pull inspiration from vintage kitchenware shapes or funky textiles.
On a different note my day to day needs inspire me a lot. For instance I noticed that my shampoo bar was getting soggy and so I decided to make a soap holder! I needed a mini planter for a succulent I got as a gift, so I made a planter that was the exact size that I needed. I especially love artwork that can be both beautiful and functional."
What one piece of advice would you give to other makers?
"Don't be afraid to make "bad" art. There is so much pressure these days (especially on social media) to only produce art that is "instagramable" or marketable, and I think that can cause people to become too scared to make anything at all. Not only does this suck the fun out of creating, but it makes it really hard to get better! So make a lot of art and embrace the bad attempts, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you come up with (:"
"Make a lot of art and embrace the bad attempts, you might be pleasantly surprised at what you come up with..." — Cristina Romero
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"I especially love artwork that can be both beautiful and functional..." - Cristina Romero