Looking for a unique gift? Local illustrator and cartoonist Michael Capozzola creates fun and whimsical hand-painted name art that's perfect for the nursery or a child's room. Each personalized creation is made with pen and ink and watercolor on cold-press paper. Inspired by vintage playbills and concert posters, they're bright and colorful, with each letter made out of different objects and shapes.
Michael is a San Francisco-based cartoonist whose work has appeared in Mad Magazine, McSweeney's, and WIRED. His cartoon, "Surveillance Caricatures," ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, for four years, too. He started creating name art as gifts for friends, and soon the commissions and requests came pouring in. You can see examples of Michael's name art work on his website. www.paintedbabynames.com, where you can order your own creation, too! While he refers to them as baby names, they're really gifts delightful for kids of all ages.
Ever since being introduced to them years ago by her sister, Marin mompreneur Adrienne Bulkley has been creating unique and charming diaper cakes for baby shower and new baby gifts. What is a diaper cake, you ask? It's diapers, toys, and other baby supplies creatively arranged in the form of a festive cake. They make a great centerpiece for a baby shower, and of course they're a gift that all new parents will end up using, too. You can view her creations on her website: Diaper Design by Adrienne.
We asked Adrienne about how she got started in this creative business.
Please tell us a little about yourself. What's your background?
I am a Crafty Marin Mom. I am also a San Francisco native, which is rare these days! I am a graduate of Parsons School of Design (The New School) which led to my editorial career in New York—but that was a lifetime ago. Now I am all about play dates and applesauce! I have two children 7 and 2, a great husband and a dog named Gus.