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✷ Hello, I'm Gaea! ✷

I'm a French*Taiwanese graphic designer & illustrator.
I grew up in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok (Thailand) but I'm currently living in the moody city of Amsterdam. I founded gapogg in 2019 in the hopes of bringing more colour & joy to your every day life.

When I'm not drawing, painting or sitting behind my computer, you can find me doing puzzles, listening to podcasts, watching Survivor or stretching on a yoga mat. I also like to make cute beaded bracelets and take care of my plants. Sometimes I work in warm cafés (favorite order: oat milk cappuccino, yum!) but most of the times I'm sharing a home studio with my lovely boyfriend.

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✷ random facts about me ✷

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I am what we call a 'Highly Sensitive Person' which is a personality trait that around 20% of the population has. It means that I am quickly over-whelmed by outside stimuli such as loud noise and bright lights, but it also makes me extra empathic and appreciative of small things. It's my secret superpower!

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 I like to think that I have a scissors collection but truth be told, I only have 3 pairs and they are not even that nice. So let's say it's a work in progress.

3.

I have very flat feet and recently got some custom soles made for me. Now my knees don't crack anymore, woohoo! #almost30yearsold

4.

I tap danced during my middle/high school years, but I'm sorry I won't show you any videos even if you ask politely hehehe

5.

I like organizing things into lists, boxes and drawers. It's just SO SATISFYING isn't it? 

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✷ Illustration Ladies Amsterdam ✷

 IllustrationLadies is a global creative network for professional illustrators.
The Network creates creative exchange in a profession, where it can often be every (wo)man for themselves. We want to encourage networking, get to know each other, draw together and to support one another.

In Amsterdam, I co-host monthly events with Veronica Comin where local female and non-binary illustrators meet and draw together around one theme.
Have a look below at some of our last events and join us for the next one! :) 
 

✷ Frequently Asked Questions ✷

✷ What does gapogg mean?

It's a contraction of my first name Gaea and my last name Poggetti. When I share my full name, people usually get confused about the spelling (I always have to repeat "It's with 2 G's and 2 T's") so I thought gapogg would make it a bit easier as my brand name. What do you think?

✷ What are your favorite art supplies?
Hands down gouache and colour pencils, but I love experimenting with various tools such as linocut, oil pastels, clay and digital art (Procreate on iPad)

✷ Is your packaging sustainable?
Of course! Being eco-conscious is very important for me (bonus fun fact: I'm named after the goddess of Earth from the Greek mythology so it's basically my part-time job to protect my beautiful planet), so I try my best to reduce waste in my small business:
→ I use recycled cardboard envelops to ship your orders. 
→ Originals/prints are protected with
a recyclable and biodegradable glassine paper sleeve. 
→ Stickers, thank you cards, enveloppes and (riso) prints are all made or ordered locally (NL)
→ I prioritize the riso printing technique because it uses low energy and soy inks. 

✷ Can I find your work outside of the internet?
Right now I have some riso prints available at the adorable Pansy. I'm working hard on creating more products (bigger prints, postcards and stationery items) that I hope will soon be sold in the beautiful shops of Amsterdam and around the world!

I sometimes participate in creator's market, so follow me on instagram to get all the behind the scenes and latest news! ☺ 

✷ I'd love to spice up my brand identity, how much does it cost? 

That's a tricky question because it all depends on what you need exactly: is it only the basics of your brand identity (logo, graphic language, colour palette & typography) or do you also want me to make collateral design (business cards, packaging design, website, social media posts, etc) — But to make it easier, let's say all branding projects start from 2000€ — 

Send me an email with your details and I'd be more than happy to make a detailed quote!

✷ Do you take illustration commissions?
Yes, I love those projects! Anything from illustrations for your website to a gouache painting of your dog: Send me an email and I'll explain about my process.