BRIDGEWATER – For those looking for handmade local gifts and decorations this holiday season, look no further than Purple Giraffe Designs.
Full-time graphic designer and Bridgewater resident Lisa Casey has been using her design skills to create quirky home decorations, personalized clothing and all kinds of gifts since 2015.
It all started six years ago when Casey started selling prints of his artwork on Etsy. She sold thank you cards, placards and paper posters and named her new business after her favorite color and animal.
But over time, Casey started making hand-crafted and painted wood panels from scratch. She said she made everything from double-sided door hangers and planters, to box frame signs and welcome signs.
Casey’s passion for design dates back to his childhood. She said she always knew she wanted to be a graphic designer, so growing up in Brockton, she attended Southeastern Regional Technical Vocational High School in Easton for computer science.
Today, thanks to her online store, she combines her technical skills with artistic design.
Casey said she starts off by going to Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration, researching the types of products and designs that are currently popular.
Then she uses her graphic design program to create her own original artwork before using a Cricut to create a stencil. She ends up hand painting the design onto the wood and sealing it if it is to be displayed outdoors.
Casey said she cuts, sanded and stained wood for her signs herself. She said her art style tends to be modern, but it fluctuates from product to product.
“I’m an eclectic person to begin with, so it’s just a mishmash of all my design abilities,” she said.
This holiday season she has special items, like a door hanger that says “Santa’s magic key to our house without a fireplace” painted with a beautiful skeleton key.
“The kids would come and say, ‘Oh my God, I love this. We don’t have a fireplace,’” she said. “So I worked with the parents to make sure the children knew that only Santa Claus knew how to use the key.”
Casey also makes custom t-shirts, vinyl printed plush animals, and other personalized items for people looking for something specific.
While Casey said it was great to get paid for her work, creating is also a great stress relief for her and she would do it no matter what.
“It’s just my outlet. My husband knows if I go to our basement it’s mom’s time out,” she said. “I like to create stuff, even if I don’t sell it. I like to create it.”
Those interested in exploring Purple Giraffe Designs can visit Lisa Casey’s online store at purplegiraffedesigns.com.
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