Gina Mei
July 02, 2015 12:00 pm

Gina Schiappacasse’s art is the kind of stuff that you hang in your apartment when you want to feel like a fancy adult human — and we love it. The Brooklyn-based illustrator, designer, and stylist has a background in fashion design, and the influence definitely shows in her work. (And just FYI, she’s self-taught, which makes her illustrations all the more amazing.) Gina’s art is elegant, unique, and all kinds of gorgeous — and that’s why she’s our Illustrator of the Week!

Find out more about Gina and her art below, and buy some of her exclusive-to-HelloGiggles phone cases by clicking right here.

No pressure, but describe your art: My art is inspired by a mix of fashion, fairytales, and the mystical. It tends to be simple, line work, but has often been described as very expressive.

What inspires you to make things: I don’t think I could exist without making things! I find myself most inspired by people, music, art, and nature.

Your favorite thing(s) to draw: Stylish women with long flowing hair.

Medium of choice: Pencil, watercolor, and ink.

The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: Always. I have a strong memory of sitting at the kitchen table with my mom and a box of crayons as a small child. I was enchanted by the fact that she could make things appear on paper and wanted to do the same.

Proudest achievement so far: I don’t think there’s really one outstanding moment. Finishing a series of murals for an organization called Manufacture New York was pretty satisfying though. I had never painted large scale till that point and realized that my work could still translate.

Music you listen to while you work: Everything, really. Pop, jazz, indie, rock, folk. Lately it’s been a lot of Bjork, Sharon Van Etten, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jessica Lea Mayfield — who are a few of my favorites.

Your most prized possession: Hmmm, probably a double-fingered ring that I made in college. Or my violin. I don’t really play it anymore, but it’s pretty sentimental and I hope to pick it up again some day.

Your personal hero: That’s such a hard one! Maybe Hayao Miyazaki? He manages to create visually rich work packed with such powerful and universal themes.

The last thing to make you giggle: I’ve been on a big Parks and Recreation binge lately. The cast is hysterical!

Current project(s): I’ve been working on a fun new illustrated version of the zodiac.

Check out Gina’s amazing phone cases via Casetify — they’re an exclusive partnership with HelloGiggles! And for more of her work, check out her Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and website.

Check out past Illustrators of the Week here!

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