Who are you ?
I’m Christine Porter Lofaro and I am the owner and artist of Penny Blossom
Where are you ?
I am Maltese and live in Malta which is a little island in the Mediterranean
When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
I have always liked drawing and painting and I chose Art as my main subject at secondary school. There was no turning back since then 🙂
What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
I think I would go for the latest which is Little Red Riding Hood
Who is your inspiration/muse?
Oh this is a tough one! I think inspiration is something ongoing and sometimes little things tend to inspire me without really thinking much about it. These are things that at one point come in the foreground! I am also inspired by many different artists but surprisingly sometimes it is not even their style of work that inspires me but the fact that I see them practicing their art. This instils in me a longing to work on my own art. Then there are also many art styles such as manga art, pop surrealism, and art nouveau which I really feel that I am attracted to.
How many people work with/for you ?
I don’t have other people working with me but I’m very grateful that my husband takes care of the technical side of Penny Blossom…I send him a big thanks 🙂
Name your favorite cartoon?
Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow.
What’s your guilty pleasure ?
Binge watching TV series when I have the luxury to do so, buying and hoarding art supplies, having cappuccino and cake.
What’s your favorite color?
Purple has always been a favourite…then there are the periodic obsessions…which right now is duck egg blue
What was your favorite subject in school…?
I love many subjects. Art was obviously a favourite but at the same time I also liked sciences and studied them in parallel.
If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?
If I was not too concerned with the permanence of tattoos I would get two small butterflies on my hipline…one of my digis shows something similar to what I like 🙂
If you got offered a weekend in a haunted house/castle etc.. would you say yes?
As much as I love castles and beautiful historical places I think I would chicken out!
When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
Oh a big yes….and even when people are listening…before I got married my family had to put up with a lot of singing lol 🙂
What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?
This is another tough one….I like so many things….in another lifetime I would consider an airline pilot, an archaeologist, psychologist….well the list goes on 🙂
How long have you been in business?
I have started Penny Blossom four years ago in 2012 …..but had to put it on the back burner for some time while I was doing my doctoral research….I have been active again only recently
What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
I love so many things but I would choose something really basic….good quality paper and a few sharpened pencils
If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with ?
Gerald Butler 🙂
When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
I don’t have the habit of snacking during the night…but if I feel hungry in the evening then I have to eat something or else I wouldn’t be able to sleep…usually it will be a ham and cheese toast or something savoury…won’t have sweets if I’m hungry
What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
My birthday which comes in October and Christmas 🙂
What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax
My work is in a way a hobby as well so I do consider drawing and painting as my hobby. Then if I am lucky and get some extra free time I love to do make-up…try out different products and looks…which in some way still involves colours, palettes and brushes 🙂
How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
It varies for different images but on average it takes from 6 to 8 hours from the concept to having the final digi ready in the shop
When you are working, what is the view from your window like
I work in different places…some of my favourite work was done in coffee shops for example. I also spend quite some time in the studio and here the view is partly of buildings and partly of a lovely valley.
What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?
Right now that would be “If it Ain’t Love” by Derulo
What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?
Their unique ways of seeing things and their unique interpretations. I also appreciate the honest feedback and the great support from other artists as well as from crafters and colourists
Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
It is hard to choose because they all have a story or a particular meaning…..
From the latest range I’m proud of Alice (which is a freebie that you can download)
And I also like the Holy Communion Girl 🙂
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