It has been a wonderful week in Wonkyland! The sun is out, the days are longer, and my car just passed its safety inspection... All good things!
And today, to keep up with the Wonky-tastic, feel-good vibe of this post, I will be interviewing Tessa, creative mastermind behind Krmbal clothing.
First off, tell me a little about yourself
I'm Tessa and I'm in Johnson City, NY (which is near Binghamton). I'm a graphic designer by trade and I love t-shirts, shoes (especially Converse) and 80s cartoons. I've been vegan for about a year now and I've got a one-eyed cat named Nick Fury who runs security at Krmbal's secret base… err, headquarters.
|Sneak peek inside Krmbal's Secret Base (no treble).|
What is it that you do?
I do freelance graphic design work and make awesome graphic apparel, mostly t-shirts, but we just launched our first embroidered polo last year. I have two lines of tees, one called Krmbal Classics that has more inspirational, nature-loving themes and another with geeky designs. All Krmbal apparel is 100% organic cotton and a portion of each purchase goes toward making Kiva loans, where I focus on eco-friendly loans that help entrepreneurs all over the world build better, greener businesses.
Which of your items do you relate to the most?
It's hard to pick because I design and print things that I would want to wear - like a Zombie T-Rex or a Sky Buddha floating peacefully above everything. I guess if I I had to choose just one, it would be Shop Indie because that design and the whole idea behind it was really what started Krmbal. I believe by making conscious choices about what we buy, we really can make change in the world.
I also really relate to Hipster Tesla because it's exactly my sort of snarky humor to say something like "Edison wouldn't understand," even if that is a hipster-y thing to say :)
|Is this shirt not amazing?!|
What would you like to see 2015 bring to your shop?
Krmbal has grown a lot in the last 2.5 years and I'd love to see it grow even more in 2015. Last year we added an embroidered Cthulhu polo and attended some larger shows like BUST Craftacular in Boston. I don't have anything super long-term planned out yet, but I'm hoping to reprint Shop Indie soon and I want to get some new tee designs out. I'm most excited about my ideas for new KGeek tees, so I may shift more toward focusing on that line in 2015.
Lastly, if you could be any mythological creature, what would you be?
If I could be any mythological creature, I think I'd go with a Pegasus, although the Loch Ness Monster is a close second.
Be sure to check Tessa and her Krmbal creations out around the web at: