Ilse Valfre was having an ordinary day at work and began thinking about how she loved teaching, but realized her true passion in life was to be an illustrator.
Today she sells her designs on T-shirts, tote bags, cell phone cases, journals and prints ranging from $24-$48 on her website, Valfre.com.
Valfre is a 26-year-old artist from Tijuana, Mexico.
The artist found her love for drawing at a very young age when she began to draw on everything in her house including the walls.
She was lucky enough to have a father who supported her dreams and encouraged her to continue drawing even if it was at the expense of his home’s cosmetic state.
She has dabbled in a fair share of interests including professional modeling, teaching preschool, publishing a children’s book and starting her own fashion line, which has all been a contributing factor to her success in becoming a full-time illustrator.
Valfre may have had several different occupations in the past, but it was when she was a preschool teacher that she decided to commit her future to art.
Author Mihaela Husar from Impressive Magazine reported, “The Valfre brand is based on the captivating illustrations and expressions […]. Her art is a collection of thoughts and images that uniquely capture what it really feels like to be a girl.”
Valfre has been very excited to see her work featured in several online magazines and blogs.
She has found great success by sticking to her personal design style and by continually creating unique and memorable pieces.
Her illustrations have proven to be unique by combining standard art, current fashion trends, vibrant colors and short messages.
Valfre admits that fashion has been a huge influence in her designs.
She has considered fashion to be a means of expression alongside art and she likes to actively keep her eye on new collections.
The young artist knows she may not be able to afford any of the clothes from the collections, but she likes to keep her eye on them so she can use them as inspiration to style her paper dolls.
Valfre has compared her process of designing to living in her own little fantasy world where anything can be created.
Student Aubrye Butler said, “I’m a really huge fan of Ilse Valfre’s designs. I’ve been buying items off of her website for myself and my friends for a while now and I’m always waiting to see what new products are going to be available.”
She is looking forward to begin painting murals around the world, publishing her book series with a publishing house, and begin styling and illustrating for more magazines and clothing brands.
Being very generous, for the month of March she will give anyone with the code CSUSB a 10% discount.