About Nazzaro Design
Hello! I'm Luisa, the founder and creative artist at Nazzaro Design. I have led a long and fulfilling career as a graphic designer, illustrator, teacher, and advertising art director, working with a variety of Fortune 500 clients, small businesses, and non-profit organizations over the past 25 years. In addition to working in-house at different agencies, I also founded Nazzaro Design, a minority-owned creative design studio in 2001.
I enjoy the process of bringing vibrant artwork to life from sketch to digital, handcrafted, and printed forms. The art I create draws from my interest in recurring motifs in nature, literature, art, science, and pop culture. I believe exploration is essential for creating meaning in any artwork and I am especially drawn to the experiences, artifacts, and traditions that resonate with us and tell our stories. This philosophy of interconnectedness and shared human experience sparks me to make art products that invite joy and beauty into everyday living. I design with the idea that my artwork can be applied to home decor textiles, fashion fabrics, paper goods and more!
If you are interested in licensing my designs or would like to request a custom artwork collaboration for your products, please reach out to me through my contact form. I would love to connect with you!
WHY CHOOSE THE GINKGO LEAF FOR MY BRAND?
I use the ginkgo leaf as my mark because it represents to me the qualities of timelessness, endurance and beauty—elements I work to incorporate into my art. It is widely regarded to be as symbol of longevity, peace, and hope. The unique fan-shaped leaves are appealing for their color, symmetry, and balance, and can be found in artwork from ancient China to the Western Art Nouveau movement.
The ginkgo's longevity and resilience has been well documented by botanists. It is often referred to as a living fossil tree, meaning that its structure and form have remained relatively unchanged over 200 million years. The tree can survive harsh weather conditions, confined spaces, and pollution -- a few also endured the destructive Hiroshima bomb attacks in 1945. One of the oldest ginkgo trees can be found in in the courtyard of China’s Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple, and is believed to be 1,400 years old. How amazing is that?