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Artist Spotlight: Meet Kirra Reyna

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Since artist Kirra Reyna’s sweet, nostalgia-inducing invitation designs have joined the Evite party, they’re been kicking off an amazing amount of celebrations, from baby showers to birthdays to bachelorette bashes. It’s not hard to see why—just try and pick a favorite and we bet you’ll have at least 5 on your “I need to throw a party with this” list! So here’s your chance to learn more about this versatile artist in our exclusive Q&A with her.

What inspired you to become an artist?

Ever since I was young, I had a passion for creativity and the drive to hustle. My mom was always a talented painter and drawer, so I guess I got my artistic genes from her. And my dad always found a way to provide for the family while still enjoying his career, which inspired me to do the same. I knew back then that I wanted a career that would let me be creative and do what I loved. I'm lucky enough to have made that dream come true thanks to my parents' support. I'll always be grateful for them letting me express my creativity from a young age.

Which three words describe your design aesthetic?

Colorful, nostalgic, playful.

What inspires your work?

Traveling, vintage signs and fonts, trendy patterns and prints.

When you have a creative block, what pulls you out of it?

It is all about a work/life balance, which I am still learning to navigate at times. To get out of a creative block, it usually helps to take a break from my computer and do something just for me. Sometimes I'll go to a yoga class or take a walk to the park with my kids. It's amazing how refreshed and energized I feel when I get back to my desk to continue working.

What is your proudest moment as an artist?

I have to say that quitting my 9-to-5 job and starting my own business at the age of 23 was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've had the chance to travel and work for months at a time which has been life-changing. Plus, I can work from home and spend more time with my two boys, which is super important to me. 

What's the most memorable party you've ever been to?

San Diego had its first-ever hurricane warning the other day, and my friend had planned her daughter's birthday party on that exact day. I thought for sure she would cancel, but guess what? She didn't! She invited about 20 kids inside and managed to pull off an amazing party. She even got a face painter and balloon person at the last minute. The whole theme was based on my “Let’s Shellabrate” invite. I love designing invites for my friends and then attending the party to see how it all turns out!

What advice would you give to an aspiring creator?

I've been running my own creative business for almost 10 years now, and one thing I've learned is that you need to dream big but also stay grounded in the business side of things if you want to make it as an artist or creator. I know it's not always easy for creative types, but it's super important if you want to stay in the game long-term.

Is there a mantra that you follow when you work?

Power moves. This is more of my mantra for life and work. Each year, my husband and I set goals and just go for it. It keeps life interesting and feels great when we accomplish them together. 

You create designs for all occasions, including bridal showers. Are there any themes that you see becoming especially popular for 2024?

Lately, I've been really into those wavy, hand-drawn, organic shapes that seem to be popping up everywhere. I've seen them in home decor, clothing, and even invitations. I can definitely see those becoming more popular throughout 2024. 

What excites you the most about collaborating with Evite?

I'm really excited to share my invitation designs with Evite's community and be a part of even more celebrations! Invitations are usually the first step in planning an event, and it's amazing to think that someone might choose my design to announce their wedding, birthday, or another special occasion. It's why I love this job so much!

Kirra is a self-taught graphic designer who has been running her own business since 2015. Her unique designs are perfect for any special occasion, from weddings to baby showers. Kirra is passionate about design and dedicated to her clients, and these qualities have helped her build a successful business that continues to grow year after year. She manages three thriving Etsy shops with over 125,000 sales and 15,000 5-star reviews. You can find out more about her on her Instagram, or browse her top Evite invitations here!

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