Thursday, August 11, 2011

Meet & Greet: Jose Garza of Bird ave
{+ Giveaway!}

I am so very pleased introduce you all to a wonderful painter/graphic artist by the name of Jose Garza of Edmonton, Alberta Canada.  Jose crafts modernly sleek and sweetly comical original illustrations for his brand "Bird ave".  His work ranges from highly detailed city skylines, to visually pleasing presentations of classic song lyrics, to stylish and practical signage.  But my favorite his is MAC Shortcuts print, in pink none-the-less.  Keep reading to discover more about Jose @ Bird ave and learn how to score one of his prints!


Visit Bird ave's Etsy Shop to purchase any of these prints and more.

{ Enter the Giveaway!! }
Want to win one of Bird ave's super fabulous pieces?  You can own original artwork by Jose (your choice of print!), just by following these very simple steps:
  1. Like the "Dette Discovers" Facebook Page.
  2. Like the "Bird ave" Facebook Page.
  3. "Share" a link to this Blog Post about Jose on your own Facebook Page.
  4. Comment on this Blog Post here and tell us what you love about Bird ave's designs, or which is your favorite print (check out the Bird ave Etsy Shop to view all the work).
That's it folks!  Super easy.  Please enter to support original artists.  I'll be announcing the winner next week.  Good luck!


Jose's been perfecting his craft for the past 5 years and just started promoting his art on Etsy.com last year.  He graciously took time out of his day to answer some questions for me about his work and creative process...

{Why do you do the specific art you do?}  I have a love of art in general and have always been drawn towards graphic art. I paint a lot and then turn those paintings into graphic art.  I really like how technology can change a drawing and can make art really accessible.

{How did you decide to start your own business?}  My wife decided to go back to school and we moved to Edmonton.  So, I thought that it would be a good time to try something new.  I came across Etsy from following a blog of another artist I really like and thought that it was a nice, personal way to do do business. 

{What was your biggest obstacle?}  My super slow old apple computer.  It used to take me hours and hours just to do an outline of a drawing!

{How would you describe your style?}  "uniformish".  I like how some of the top designers (e.g. Tom Ford) always wear a similar version of the same thing.  It sure saves time in the morning!

{What do you love most about your work space/home?}  I love how it is at home!  It is so nice to have all of the comforts of home around you and I like how if you feel like working in your pyjamas it is completely ok!

{What makes you feel the most inspired/creative?}  I think traveling makes me feel the most inspired.  The great memories we have formed while traveling are what make me the happiest so this was the inspiration for the cities series.

{What tools can you not live without?}  My apple computer and my tablet!

{What are you obsessed with currently?}  Board games!  Living in Edmonton you get really used to spending lots of time indoors in the winter so you really need to find something else to do besides watching tv or running on the treadmill.

{What are you most grateful for in your life right now?}  Time and flexibility.

{What was the last thing you ate?}  PB&J sandwich

{Where's the furthest you've been from home?}  Japan

{Do you have any words of wisdom for other designers, artists or small business owners?}  If you feel like doing it, do it.   Also, your customers are always most important and you can learn a lot from just making the effort to see things from their point of view.


Jose's prints make for perfect gifts and he also does custom work!
Bird ave Etsy Shop
Bird ave on Facebook 

{ Enter the Giveaway!! }
Want to win one of Bird ave's super fabulous pieces?  You can own original artwork by Jose (your choice of print!), just by following these very simple steps:
  1. Like the "Dette Discovers" Facebook Page.
  2. Like the "BirdAve" Facebook Page.
  3. "Share" a link to this Blog Post about Jose on your own Facebook Page.
  4. Comment on this Blog Post here and tell us what you love about Bird ave's designs, or which is your favorite print (check out the Bird ave Etsy Shop to view all the work).
That's it folks!  Super easy.  Please enter to support original artists.  I'll be announcing the winner next week.  Good luck!



6 comments:

Jo Waterhouse said...

I just stumbled across you.
beautiful blog, thank you.
www.tootasinfoot.blogspot

Bernadette Pollard said...

@Jo Waterhouse: Thanks so much! I love meeting new readers... heading over to your blog now to check it out! :) Bernadette

PS - Be sure to enter the giveaway to win a print from Bird ave...

Christian said...

Ba Ba Black Sheep is the one that I want! I loved the colors used, and it struck me that the simple nursery rhyme is a pretty cute way to share with people who come over to my place that I believe in paying my tithes and taxes, providing for my home, and sharing with those in need. Who knew a nursery rhyme could say so much, right? Jose does a great job of fusing color, pop iconography, and simple, well known phrases into enjoyable artwork for the home or office setting. There is definitely something here for everyone.

Bernadette Pollard said...

@Christian - I didn't read the nursery rhyme one closely enough, love it! Thanks for your review Christian :)

elz said...

love this! bold & bright are my favorite. will definitely be checking out more of Jose's work...after all, I'll have to decorate my new Amsterdam apartment somehow! :)

- elz

elz said...

hey there! love love love his artwork, and this is an awesome giveaway post - I really like the q&a section. I like both DD & BA on facebook, would love to win a print...especially of the city of amsterdam. ;)

- elz

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