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September 22, 2009

Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Marcia From Swizzlestix.net!

Hello, all!  Welcome to Tuesday’s Retro Guest. This week, I am happy to welcome Marcia from Swizzlestix!  What is Swizzlestix? Well, it is a really sweet line of household textiles (placemats, towels, aprons & more!) designed with a very cool retro feel to them.  So when Marcia was interested in doing a guest post, I was thrilled to feature her. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited  to feature the maker of this awesome pink apron?

Half Apron

Very sweet, isn’t it?  I think I am in love!  Marcia writes:

Placemat 2

Swizzlestix is a design pad that embraces retro-modern culture and lifestyles by creating various, paper, tabletop and home decor products. Tantalizing colors and geometric swirls will hypnotize you into a modern world that is inspired by a retro past.

Raised and educated in St. Louis, I studied fine art with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. During college I was heavily into goth rock, new wave and the club scene, and my artistic style reflected my look. I enjoyed being a fine artist and loved all the freedom that it offered, but I knew in order to gain financial stability, I would have to develop broader skills. So I expanded into the world of graphic design, where I’ve been using pixels and pantones to splash my creativity for over 14 years, for a mostly corporate client base.

Apron 3In 2003, I felt the urge to design whatever I wanted without the limitations that came with my job, so I created a line of greeting cards, and started selling my collection to various San Francisco and Los Angeles boutiques. After much encouragement from clients, family and friends, I expanded into the world of textile design, and in 2005 I started Swizzlestix. I design aprons, tea towels, placemats, coasters, pillows, and whatever else strikes my fancy, all with a retro modern feel. These products have been sold at various design shows, stores, art galleries, and online.

My inspiration comes from a variety of things: San Francisco’s colorful neighborhoods, architecture, music, modern and vintage fashion, books, home decor, antique stores, my travels, and more. 

People often ask me how I came up with the name Swizzlestix. Before I started Swizzlestix my boyfriend and I were throwing lots of cocktail parties, and my love for tasty, innovative cocktails and retro culture was the inspiration behind my initial card designs. I was trying to come up with a name while sitting at the table staring at a dozen cocktail-themed greeting cards when swizzle sticks came to mind. I got it – I’ll just change the spelling and add an ‘x’ at the end – and wah-lah – Swizzlestix was it!

I just love watching my creations evolve, and knowing that I can share my products with others and help brighten their homes makes it all worthwhile!

Tea Towels

Placemat

Apron 2

Apron 1

Thank you so much, Marcia!  Very sweet designs.  Marcia’s website is here, and be sure to visit her great store for more retro items.

Want to be Tuesday’s Retro Guest?  Email me at nopatternrequired@hotmail.com to talk about it!

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4 Responses to Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Marcia From Swizzlestix.net!

  1. sablemable Reply

    September 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Yoo-hoo! God, I love these! They’re just what I’ve been looking for!

    Great article, Marcia!

    Thanks to you, Ruth for featuring her designs!

    Off I go to swizzlestix.net, LOL!

  2. sablemable Reply

    September 22, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I just bought 4 of the brown cocktail placemats!

    Martooni time is 5 o’clock on the dot!

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    September 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Really cute stuff Marcia!

    Sable – Those placemats will look Fab in your MCM house!

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