Cricut Contributing Artist Series: Emylia Maratta
Emylia Maratta, a talented digital artist and maker from Canada, has shared her creativity with the Cricut community since 2016, and her exceptional skill set and innovative designs have greatly contributed to the Design Space library.
A true testament to her creativity and proficiency in this field, her diverse range of styles and techniques showcase her dedication to her craft. Emylia’s designs are sure to inspire anyone looking to elevate their digital design skills.
In this artist spotlight we explore Emylia’s digital design process, what inspires her, and some of her favorite Design Space projects. So, let’s get started!
How did you find Cricut and why did you join the Cricut Artist Program?
In fact, it was rather Cricut that found me. At that time, I was the graphic designer for LoveSVG, then when I started doing handwriting, Cricut started giving me a few contracts and then I’ve been working for them since 2016.
When they released the Cricut Artist Program, it wasn’t even a question of whether or not I was going to be part of it. My heart is with Cricut forever. And this, for any kind of project they launch. This is not to sell Cricut, but Cricut is an amazing company that I believe in and that I am and will continue to invest myself 100% and even more!
And I’m not just talking about their products which are, in my opinion, all just perfect! But of all the people who work there starting from the CEO who are all extraordinary, invested and dedicated!
How did you get into art? Are you self-taught?
Yes! I am passionate at heart for everything related to learning new things and I learn very quickly! I always said to myself, that if someone was able to do it, well that I am too. You will quickly understand that I am a curious person, that I need to understand what I don’t understand and that I will find a way to understand it and master it!
Took college courses?
Yes… A bit too much ha-ha! I have a degree in graphic design, a degree in accounting, a degree in marketing, I am currently in my last year in the bachelor’s degree in psychology. It’s important to understand that I’m not studying to change fields because I love what I do so much. I just like to learn and understand new things and I think I will go to school all my life because I like to learn. I find it fascinating!
PHD in fine arts?
No, but after my bachelor’s degree in psychology I want to do my master’s in art therapy so that I can practice psychotherapy through arts part time.
What’s your earliest memory of being an artist?
I was two years old, and I remember it like it was yesterday. My father, a university computer science professor, had brought home one of his computers and one of the first HP printers. We spent the evening printing and coloring drawings. I was so fascinated by the magic of how a digital image could come to life on a sheet of paper. Since that moment, I have never been able to stop drawing. It became a passion or maybe more an addiction and even more when my dad installed me Adobe when I was seven years old! (I’m 35 soon).
What (or who) inspires you and why?
The person who has always inspired me is my grandmother who, incidentally, raised me as if I were her own daughter. She passed away in 2018 but she will always continue to inspire me. She was a passionate pianist. My grandmother was a patient, humble, simple and an elegant person. She spent her life encouraging me and lifting me up. She always believed in me with my 1001 projects which, for some, seemed a little crazy or unrealistic. She always told me, if you want, you can and not to listen to what other people say because anyway there will always be people who will judge you no matter what you do. My father has a lot to do with my passion for drawing, but my grandmother has a lot to do with who I am today and my passion for helping people. This woman taught me so much that I could never thank her enough.
What’s your favorite craft (or art project) that you’ve ever created?
My favorite art projects are anything involving sayings, animals, flowers, and mystical designs.
Describe your art in one word and why.
This is really a difficult question to answer. I would say that I could not describe my art through a single image or a single genre of music since my style depends on what style of music I listen to at the time of creation. But I mostly listen to romantic country music because the lyrics of those songs speak to me. I am a romantic at heart! Ha-Ha!
What motivates you to work hard?
What motivates me the most to work hard are my children and my passion for drawing. In this sense, my children are my motivation every day. I want to offer them what’s best for them and also show them that it’s important to love what you do in life instead of doing it because it pays off! Doing something you love is priceless and you end up working hard unconsciously because you love what you do too much! In short, drawing has never been a job for me.
What does creativity mean to you?
For me, creativity means a way of expressing yourself. In this sense, creativity can be anything we want it to be. It’s unlimited!
How would your friends describe you?
My friends would describe me as an ambitious person, a passionate person involved in everything I do, a person very close to her emotions, a person who wants to help everyone to get better in their daily lives because everyone deserves to be happy. My friends will also say that I’m crazy to think that I can change the world but as Steve Jobs once said: “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” And that’s exactly how I think!
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
The superpowers I would have if I was a superhero would be the power to heal people emotionally from all their difficulties.
If you had to choose a color to describe yourself, what would it be?
It would be pink “The color pink represents compassion, nurturing, and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing.
A combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. It is the passion and power of red softened with the purity, openness, and completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.
Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate, and intimate, thoughtful, and caring. It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy.”
Thank you for taking the time to get to know Emylia and learn about her creative process. Her contributions to the Design Space library are truly remarkable, and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our program. Visit Emylia’s profile in Design Space to view more of her artwork and designs. Whether you’re an experienced designer or just starting out, we believe that Emylia’s designs and techniques will inspire you to take your digital design skills to the next level.
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Interested in seeing more Contributing Artist images and designs? Check out all of our artists in Cricut Design Space.