Meet ViVa Artistry, the creator of this month’s DST Gold Member Kit: Maiko.
Join Vivienne and Vanessa for our Featured Designer chat in the DST chatroom on Friday August 24th at 9pm Eastern for a fun chat full of prizes and goodies!
How long have you been designing?
We have been designing for a little over 4 years.
What part of designing comes easiest to you (themes, colors, papers, elements)?
Themes. We never seem to run out of ideas and themes. Everything can be a source of inspiration.
What part of designing is most challenging to you?
Vanessa: The actual translation of what is in my mind to the final product. Sometimes it takes me a few tries before I get exactly what I had envisioned.
Vivienne: Execution of some items/elements/papers. What is in my head doesn’t necessarily work out on computer, and then I have to describe it to Vanessa, who usually gets it right when she tries to execute it.
What is the latest you’ve ever stayed up to finish a design or scrap?
Vanessa: Well, considering that I usually work after the girls go to bed, late is a norm for me. Probably around 4am is my latest.
Vivienne: 2am since I get up at 6am on a normal basis, and 4am when we are doing a chat since I am on European time zone and our chats are set for US time zones.
Slippers or barefoot?
Vanessa: Barefoot. ALWAYS. Unless I’m out on the street (and by that, I mean going somewhere, since I also walk barefoot around my neighborhood). I never have shoes on.
Vivienne: Barefoot with socks on. I live in northern Europe where it’s constantly cold and rainy, so I have to have socks on in the house. Slippers get lost so I gave up on them.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Vanessa: Coconut M&M’s … Yum!
Vivienne: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which I can’t purchase here in Denmark so I have to rely on friends and family to send them to me or wait until DH travels on business to the US. (Peanut butter from jars smeared on chocolate work in an emergency!)
If you could change one thing about this world, what would it be?
Vanessa: Bigotry. I think many of humanity’s problems could be fixed if we learned to be more accepting of our differences.
Vivienne: Racism. Having traveled and lived in various countries, I can see how preconceived notions about another culture or race can cause problems. The world is only getting smaller and if we can tolerate/understand, it would maybe help with the racial tensions. I guess it’s another form of bigotry.
What personality traits do you hope to pass on to your children?
Vanessa: Honesty, acceptance, and sympathy.
Vivienne: Honesty, integrity, tolerance.
What personality traits do you hope you do not pass on to your children?
Vanessa: Anxiety. I hope my children do not stress about every single thing as much as I do.
Vivienne: Impatience. I get impatient with many little things and it causes frustration. I don’t want that for my kids.
Which of your accomplishments would your parents be most proud of?
Vanessa: The raising of my children. I think both my parents are very proud at what type of mother I have become.
Vivienne: My life in general. Because my parents immigrated to the US for a better life for themselves and their kids and what we (my brother and I) have done surpassed what they hoped for.
What was it about you that first drew your significant other to you?
Vanessa: The fact that I’m Brazilian (from his mouth). I guess he has a thing for Brazilian girls, lol.
Vivienne: Exotic Asian look because Karl is from Denmark (all those blond Nordic girls!!!) and he had never seen it in person before. The little black dress helped too.