Today we’d like to introduce you to Christin Ciaccio Briggs.
Hi Christin, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I launched my Studio, Chachi Loves Design, in 2013. It began as a way to merge my love of painting with my love of interior design. I specialized in designing nurseries and doing living room makeovers for families. My favorite part of my job was creating mood boards for clients to showcase my vision for their homes! In 2015, I began designing my own fabric line, and I launched my very first fabric collection with a pop-up shop in Pasadena. I displayed my pillows and textiles alongside my paintings. I moved away from the client work so I could dive into doing the pop-ups. I exhibited my work at West Elm, Google Headquarters, and other art markets in Los Angeles.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Sadly, I had to pause doing my pop-up shops when Covid hit. And, like so many others, I had to spin my business and re-evaluate where I would focus my creative energy. Also, I lost my mom during the pandemic. She passed away after a long battle with cancer. With everything I was experiencing, I was in the midst of the hardest point in my life. We were not able to have a funeral for my mom due to Covid, so I began thinking of ways I could honor her memory. I began memorializing her through my paintings. Poring over old family photos, I took inspiration from snippets of wallpaper from my childhood home. I noted the boldly patterned dresses my mom used to wear in the 1970s. Reminiscing over the bohemian batik designs, striped browns and rich colors, so many memories came flooding back to me. My very favorite dress of my mom’s was an earthy rust-red silk, with cream colored hoops cascading across the fabric. I used to call it her “Spaghettio dress.” I began developing a memory language by resurrecting these patterns from my childhood. Using the hoop shapes as a way of communicating with her, it was as if they were vibrating out like Morse Code. It helped me to feel close to her. An entire body of work just poured out of me, painting after painting. It was so comforting to honor my mom in this way through my artwork. I ended up having an exhibit of my work and titled it “Coming Home.” I cleared out my studio, painted the walls, and transformed it into a gallery space for a week! I had a virtual art opening on Instagram Stories. My husband and I popped champagne, and my kids were the gallery-goers! It was really nice actually.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My paintings are primarily abstract, with patterns, symbols and shapes that are emblematic of very personal memories. I work in watercolor and gouache on paper, as well as acrylic and latex paint on wood panels. I love the smooth texture of the paper and the wood. I’m too impatient for oil on canvas, I’m all about the immediacy of the mark. I do not plan my paintings, therefore my process is very intuitive. I really believe the paintings will tell me what they want to be. I incorporate many of the same shapes from my paintings into my fabric designs. My Studio is unique because I create both the fabric collections as well as the paintings. The dialogue that has formed between the two mediums has really enhanced my sense of color, pattern and scale. I enjoy seeing how my paintings influence my fabric designs and vice versa. All of my fabric designs begin as paintings, which is what I am most proud of with my brand.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
My paintings are available for purchase, the small wood series begins at $200. All of my paintings can be viewed on my website. I also have a series of home decor and artistic accessories available in my Society 6 Shop online. Look for the links below to take a look!
- Email: Hello@chachilovesdesign.com
- Website: http://www.chachilovesdesign.com/
- Instagram: @chachilovesdesign
- Facebook: @chachilovesdesign
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE6A4Cg4zS4
- Other: https://society6.com/chachishop/all