Today I am introducing you to the amazing Elda of Thousand Skies. Elda’s illustrations are honestly too cute to handle. I first saw her work at Renegade Craft in Seattle and immediately fell in love. I think that day I bought two prints and a pin. Enough about my love for her work, let’s meet Elda!
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Indonesia. I first moved to the US when I went to college at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. After I graduated I got a job in San Jose, California and I’ve been living here ever since.
Q: How did you get started drawing?
A: I don’t know when it was exactly but my parents would tell me how I made a scribble all over our living room wall and that’s probably how it started. People always knew me as the kid who likes to draw, it became part of my identity before I even knew the concept of it haha.
Q: What has been most rewarding about owning your own business?
A: The freedom to do whatever you want. After working in the creative industry for 10+ years, you came to realize that is something that you don’t always have control of. Work is work, but this is your baby.
Q: What is your favorite part of making your art?
A: I love that feeling of being inspired, if I have to describe it, I feel like everything is so light and energetic, I know that I am truly living the moment, it’s just me and the art, none of my real world problems exist during that time. It doesn’t always happen though but when it does, it was a great day.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: I work a full time job as a graphic artist at Gaia Interactive, so my free time is actually spent running my side business as Thousand Skies. When I’m not doing both, I will spend some good quality times with my husband and our dog Wifi.
Q: Where do you get the inspiration for your illustrations?
A: Mostly natures and animals, but I have to say some of my strongest inspiration came from music and movies. They weren’t necessary about the visuals but more about the mood and feeling that I felt and I would interpret that in my own way.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I found my inspirations first and sometimes it would take me a day or two before I start sketching. The time in between is usually just a thinking process, like “how should I proceed?”, “will I like the idea the next day?” On a great day though, I will get inspired and executed it immediately, but that’s very rare.
Q: What made you want to branch out from drawings/prints?
A: Partially because I love crafts and I was trying to find a way to merge the two things together. More importantly because I considered myself as a practical person and I always wanted to make something that is somewhat more functional.
Q: What is your favorite dessert?
There was a time where it’s really hard to find a good macaron place because they weren’t popular yet so I decided that I will learn how to make one myself. I figured it’s cheaper and hopefully better? but let me tell you, it was quite a disaster haha but now I could actually make some legit macarons and they were pretty good. The recipe I used is from Pierre Hermes and he is my god of macarons.
I have to agree with Elda on her favorite dessert. Macarons are my favorite!! Thank you all for allowing me to introduce you to Elda and her amazing little shop. I adore her work and am so glad I could show off her talent to you! Of course, thank you so much to Elda for chatting with me and for being so awesome!
Please be sure to follow her on social media and stop by her adorable shop!!
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