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Meet Heather Scheid Pando of Little World Design in South Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Scheid Pando.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Heather. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The majority of my childhood was spent exploring nature with my best friend who grew up in a beautiful home nestled on 80 acres of property. Her father had a pond built which was a huge source of entertainment for us. In the summer we made swimsuits out of green moss, built forest castles, caught turtles and watched the sunset as we fed the catfish. During the winter we would ice skate, snowmobile, snow ski and do satirical photo shoots with enormous icicles. Honestly, it was the best childhood a girl could ask for.

Fast forward to my dream of moving to LA to become an actress after college. This was a defining moment of courage and expansion. The acting didn’t work out and I began to explore many options which landed me to my ultimate dream job of being my own boss: Founder | Artist of Little World Design. I have a BA in Theatre and a minor in Biology so it all makes sense to where I have ended up. I am truly grateful to get up and do what I love every day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think the idea of believing “being self-made is hard” has been one of my biggest obstacles. I am now creating a new story in which I am supported by the universe and I see the struggles as opportunities for growth. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting out of my own way; a hike with my son, soaking my feet in the sand at the ocean, laughter with my best friend, and letting go of the “how”. If I hit a wall I have learned to go deep versus wide and this can get uncomfortable but it’s honestly where the magic happens.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Little World Design – what should we know?
The company I founded to funnel my visions, Little World Design, is committed to creating contemporary sculptures that are edgy, thought-provoking and often inspired by the beauty of nature. Each one-of-a-kind creation is designed to complete a commercial space, personal art collection, or add the wow factor to an event.

I am commissioned to create intricate work that requires a keen attention to detail. I will stop at nothing to seek out custom paints, dyes, natural stones, unique vessels and anything that is required to complete my shared vision with my clients. Scale and the symbolic meaning of the stones can also play into the process. That being said … It’s always a journey.

The job that I am most proud of was traveling to Abu Dhabi with a team and creating an onsite installation. It was an exclusive private event on a massive scale. On my journey through self-discovery, I heard a reference of the genius zone and realized that working on a large scale is mine. In addition, listening to my son talk about the abstract shapes of trees and his understanding of nature has fueled my soul and propelled me to do my best. He has a great eye for composition and I love getting feedback from him when I have been working on a sculpture for too long.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Passion. Resilience. Self-care. Understanding that no decision is a bad one. If one doesn’t work out, then I move forward with something else.

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Image Credit:
Stephanie Barone, Alex Shaw, Antone Romano, Erika Bierman

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1 Comment

  1. Mary

    May 29, 2018 at 19:28

    Stunning story & creative talent going on here! Very unique!!

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