As part of our new Meet the Designer series, today we’re introducing you to a designer who captures the vibrant flora and bright palette of her home city of Miami. Judy Quintero (Shopcabin) is a designer and talented painter who balances energetic colors with a laid back watercolor medium. Keep reading to see what inspires this Spoonflower designer!
My day starts with… getting my kids up at 5:30 a.m. and a good, strong cup of coffee my husband prepares for me.
I fell in love with design when… I was a little girl. I love colors and the power they have to inspire happiness.
What’s in your toolbox? My Mac computer and a $100 fifteen year old sewing machine which will probably be with me for life.
When I’m in my studio, I feel.. I’m completely lost in my own little world. Some people meditate to clear their minds. My studio is my meditation.
Who or what influences or inspires your work and why? My customers inspire me the most. I think it’s so important to listen to your audience about what they want. Since I first started my shop, I’ve always asked customers what they want to see or how can I make a product better. What would they do differently if they could. Some of my bestsellers on Spoonflower have been born this way. You can identify with so many different clients’ needs just by listening and this will open your doors to markets you never imagined you’d be in.
My favorite small business shops are… Mod Fox and The Little Ivie Cloth Co. for beautiful baby things, Wildflower and Company (their patches take me back to my childhood), and Vintage Confections (Planet Lollipops make me happy).
If I could live in a painting, I would happily live in any of the “Hilda” paintings by Duane Bryers. I just want to be best friends with Hilda so badly!
If I could only wear one fabric… it would have flowers on it.
My favorite Spoonflower fabric to work with is… Linen Cotton Canvas.
The secret to a strong collection is… beginning with a versatile design that you can build from. My most successful collection, Floral Dreams, started with just one design. This print has inspired multiple designs that now form part of the collection.
My mantra is… “I’ve got this!”