Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Motta.
Hi Maria, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’m a mom and a children´s book illustrator, and I created Twibbles, knowing that my purpose as an artistic mom was to create gender-neutral designs and to inspire curiosity and creativity through them. Twibbles, is Latina owned business, started in 2017 when my son Benja was born, and it officially became Twibbles in 2019.
It is all about wearable illustrations that come to life with downloadable creative materials that will encourage kids to use their imagination and motor skills in positive ways. I also want to help kids reassure their uniqueness, expressing themselves however they want and make them happy. Now for 2023, Twibbles is expanding with a new section called The Bookshelf, in which I will be showcasing books by latino publishers, illustrators and authors, starting with JustImagine, colombian independent soft books publisher, and Lil libros latina owned publishing house.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oof! It has had its highs and lows. I have been bootstrapping, and the financial part is very tough. Once you have that, the uncertainty of how your customer will receive your products is nerve-racking, However, with time, I have seen the reception it has had by customers, and it is very gratifying.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Professionally, I’m a children’s book illustrator, doing freelance, I have a full-time-day job as a digital asset coordinator, and really, what fulfills my heart is working on Twibbles. Before all that, I’m a mom, and I have to wear a lot of hats, but developing my brand and involving my kids in it its the most amazing thing, despite having to work nonstop.
What do you think about happiness?
Working on Twibbles, and seeing my kids wearing Twibbles. When I have conversations about Twibbles, with my 5-year-old (my 18-month-old doesn’t really talk that much), and how he wants to be involved in every single aspect of the business.
- Bandana Bibs: $17.50
- Onesies: $27
- T-shirts: $30
- Blankets: $35-$45
- Books: starting at $12
- Website: www.twibbl.es
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twibblesbaby/
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@twibbles_baby?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc