KauaiDesignGraphics

Everyday Beach Play

Kapaa, Hawaii · 27 Sales

KauaiDesignGraphics

Everyday Beach Play

Kapaa, Hawaii 27 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(6)

Announcement   Kauai Design's Etsy shop was an outgrowth of 18+ years of professional graphic design, mostly on Kauai, Hawaii. Being so immersed in tropical imagery for all those years, I was moved to share what I love about the islands with others who appreciate their unique spirit.

The designs are simple and earthy and have been described as "island contemporary" with a vintage Hawaiian influence. A broad selection of note cards are printed on a velvety, "warm white," recycled card stock, and the images have (so far) been printed on stretched canvas, unbleached canvas tote bags and zipper bags, and wraparound flask covers. New designs and products are in development so check back often!

See samples of Kauai Design Graphics' client projects, client list, reviews and more at kauaidesign.com

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 11, 2016

Kauai Design's Etsy shop was an outgrowth of 18+ years of professional graphic design, mostly on Kauai, Hawaii. Being so immersed in tropical imagery for all those years, I was moved to share what I love about the islands with others who appreciate their unique spirit.

The designs are simple and earthy and have been described as "island contemporary" with a vintage Hawaiian influence. A broad selection of note cards are printed on a velvety, "warm white," recycled card stock, and the images have (so far) been printed on stretched canvas, unbleached canvas tote bags and zipper bags, and wraparound flask covers. New designs and products are in development so check back often!

See samples of Kauai Design Graphics' client projects, client list, reviews and more at kauaidesign.com

Linda Pizzitola

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Linda Pizzitola

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About

The Back Story of Kauai Design

WHAT MY WORK MEANS TO ME
My work is an outpouring of my love for things tropical, Hawaiian, island-inspired, vintage, simple, clean, and emotionally and visually appealing. I am drawn to stylized ocean and botanical themes and surf culture. After almost 20 years creating for clients as a graphic designer, I began creating for my own self-expression and for like-minded devotees of "island contemporary" objects of art. My hope is that the unique sense of place that Hawaii occupies comes through in my interpretations.

WHAT MATERIALS I USE
Over the years, I've gathered a large collection of tropical images that feed my imagination, and help me hone my focus. These days, with mostly vector graphics, I try to capture primal, universally felt, awe inspiring aspects of island life, combining simple elements into the moments in time depicted in my designs. The images, so far, have been printed as note cards, as 8 x 8" giclee canvases, on unbleached cotton canvas tote bags, and on waterproof polymer flask covers.

MY PROCESS
Some of the designs are created from scratch. Others evolve from the re-working of digital images, purchased and collected over the years. Sometimes I buy extended licenses for re-sale rights, so I can incorporate other artists' artwork into my 'collages.' I love honoring and supporting artists whose design elements speak to, and inspire, me.

My first series was originally intended for a set of coasters. The six one-color tropical images lent themselves to roundness (coasters, right?) but were ultimately re-purposed for a set of simple, earthy "mahalo" (thank you) cards. I decided spreading appreciation was a higher calling than protecting flat surfaces from wet drinks. Following quickly came four series of ocean themed cards: Ocean/Sky, Blue Planet, Lure of the Sea, and Aloha Days and Nights. The mermaid swam in on her own. She belongs.

WHAT INSPIRES MY WORK
The ocean, the sun on the water, the sparkle, the ripple, the flow, where the sky meets the sea, where the sea meets the shore, the moon, the stars, the whales, dolphins, sea turtles and their companions in the ocean, tropical flowers and foliage, ancient Hawaiian lore, vintage Hawaiiana from the 40s, 50s and 60s, surf culture, tiki torches, tapa designs, Polynesian island influences, the Aloha spirit...

WHAT MY WORK REPRESENTS
...a commitment to make art, evolving from a lifetime of flirting with the visual arts from the sidelines. It's still hard to call myself an artist. A designer, yes. A collector (maybe 'curator') of images, yes. An assembler of visual elements, absolutely.

I've been taking photos since I was 8 and was shooting for my high school yearbook when my father passed his darkroom equipment on to me. In my 20's I spent seven years managing a picture frame shop where I was exposed to a lot of art, artists, principles of design, layout, color, etc. But I wasn't making art. Then along came the home computer. With a mouse and a (very) forgiving UNDO button, I learned to move vectors and pixels around like mad. I practiced my new graphic design and computer skills making cards, banners, invitations, photo collages and more for my loved ones' special events, and launched a business in 1996.

Now, almost 20 years later, the 'product division' of Kauai Design is on a roll. Though still a pup, the possibilities are endless and it's exciting to be in the game.

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  • Linda Pizzitola

    Owner, Designer, Customer Service

    Always enchanted by the ocean, I am inspired to capture Hawaii's natural beauty, and share it with others who know and love these islands. See the back story of Kauai Design Graphics on the "Story" tab above. See also kauaidesign.com

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits