As part of our series dedicated to the fabulous minds behind our designs, we continue with a look at the amazing work of Claudia. You are probably familiar with Claudia from our post about the Paper Source Craft Design Team. But, this spirited designer has more up her sleeve (you might even find a pair of scissors too) – from Paper Source kits to marketing design, Claudia does it all! We hope these 10 questions will help you see where her incredible energy comes from.
Name: Claudia Aguilar
Years with Paper Source: 5 1/2 Years
Expertise: Handcut Paper Creations
Q: What inspires you to Do Something Creative Every Day?
A: The looming possibility of boredom; if you create every day, then you’ll never have to experience it.
Q: How did you start designing?
A: I think it probably started with my choice of toys as a little girl. I gravitated towards anything that allowed me to create, and I really got a kick out of seeing a finished product. I loved Legos, Playdoh and my Easy-Bake Oven and Lite-Brite. My mom says she first realized I was creative when I would flip over my used Lite-Brite templates and make my own patterns. Plus, I had an imaginary friend named Erica, so I pretty much designed her whole existence.
Q: If you were not designing, what would you be doing?
A: I’m an animal lover. I’ve made it my mission to rescue the ones in need and be their voice whenever possible. I really appreciate the unconditional love and companionship they give, so I’d probably be doing something that would let me give back. I volunteer now, but I would love to start my own animal/art therapy program. It’s awesome how both of these things can open people up and get them more in touch with themselves.
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be Paul McCartney’s wife. But Paul McCartney circa 1964. That was the only image of him I was familiar with as a kid.
Q: Where do you seek inspiration?
A: I love looking for stuff when I’m out shopping at ordinary, everyday places. Some of my favorites are hardware, pet, toy and grocery stores.
Q: Do you have advice for budding designers?
A: Don’t feel the need to label yourself. When I was in high school and college, I really struggled with choosing a design field because I got it into my head that I could only be a “graphic designer,” or an “interior designer,” etc. It took me awhile to realize that design is a way of life. If you have a love for it, then you can apply your eye across many fields. It is really amazing when one area of design influences and inspires work in another. I think the most interesting designs are collaborative efforts.
Q: Have you designed your own birthday, wedding or party invitations?
A: Of course! For myself and for others. I also never give store bought cards. I enjoy making a personalized creation for each occasion that comes up, but I also think if I gave my friends or family something I bought, versus something I made, they would be so disappointed! It kinda comes with the territory.
Q: What do you love about paper?
I love how unassuming yet versatile it is. A simple sheet can be manipulated in so many different ways — folded, cut, scored, curled, layered, shredded — and produce incredible results. It literally feels like I’m making something out of nothing when I work with it.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My dad is the most creative, innovative person I’ve ever met. I really admire his ability to constantly and consistently come up with stuff. He is completely self-taught and for as long as I can remember he has always been creating. He has a way of looking at ordinary things in an extraordinary way, and has made everything from board games to metal flowers to a patio in our backyard.
Q: PVA or double-stick tape?
A: Double-stick tape all the way. I actually didn’t discover it until college but I’ll never use anything else, especially for wrapping gifts. Frosted tape gives me the creeps.