The Z ART story
For two decades, my work was in the corporate world. However, like many Americans during the recession, I lost my job in 2010. I looked for new employment until 2011 and, slowly, it began to dawn on me that I was at a crossroad and needed to make an important decision; and so, Z ART was born.
For the love of horses.
My initial Z ART design was the Dressage horse logo, which I came up with while doodling on a job application. That gives you an idea of how excited I was to continue my career in the corporate world! This doodle came flowing out of me because of my love of horses. I initially caught the horse bug when I got my first horse in 5th grade. The bug continued as I rode competitively through early college and caught it again when I was finally able to get back into the saddle in 2004.
A thanks to Zoren.
The Dressage horse logo is dedicated to my Friesian Cross horse, Zoren – the “z” in Z ART. We have the type of connection that can only come from a devastating situation. When Zoren was four, I broke my back while riding. Through my recovery, he was there, turning our partnership into something very special to me.
Thinking outside the box.
I kept playing with the design and eventually put it on a couple of mugs, envisioning an elegant piece. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who admired the simple, elegant design created to honor my boy, Zoren. From there I crafted a design for dogs, not wanting to leave our four-legged child out of the fun! Playing with the simple line designs became therapeutic. Also, my dream of never having to sit in a cubicle again became a real possibility!
A thanks to my support circle.
I would like to extend a huge appreciation to those who have believed in me, especially at times when my belief in myself wavered:
* Dog Park Publishing
* Byerly’s-Bone Marche
Z ART wouldn’t be where it is today without my ever-supportive husband, parents, and friends (you know who you are!), Titan, LaRoo (RIP), and, of course, Zoren Z - the inspiration to it all!
All the designs have been copy written and hold significance.
~THROUGH HARDSHIP-MAY THE JOY OF SIMPLICITY PREVAIL~
**Z ART was humbled and honored to receive recognition through 'Ali's Pick of the Week' in the Mpls.St.Paul Magazine 4/16/13**
Just a few lines say so much. Z-Art’s bowls, mugs, and plates are made for people, but inspired by the pets they love. We admire the simple-yet-sweet dog or horse sketches that decorate each piece. Mugs are $12; large bowls and plates are $20. Look for Z-Art, a small, Minnesota-based company, at this weekend’s Hamms Event.linedesignart.com