Marianita Love Pabalate

ARTIST / OWNER - RIPE MANGOES

I create illustrations that are unique and memorable for thoughtful gift givers. Who are not only looking for presents, but also a memory keeper. So that they can leave a loving and lasting impression.

What makes you stand out in the maker community?

Warm stories accompanied with sweet and whimsical illustrations. I inspire people to look back, find their inner child and celebrate that. I help people shine a light on what's been hidden and at times forgotten and let the nature of a child's innocence, playfulness, and genuine happiness fill people's spirit once again.

Tell us about your work and the projects you are currently working on.

Currently, I'm working on the next batch of my mini original paintings. These are mixed media acrylic paintings adorned with a metal charm on small wood disks, ranging from 1.5""-4.5"" in diameter. The smaller disks are wearable original art in the form of brooches and pendant necklaces. These one-of-a-kind pieces, each celebrates specific events, feeling, memory, and an artifact that's housed in a small and very mobile canvas that can be carried or kept near at all times. They're a memory holder, of which the memory and sentiment is unique to the wearer/carrier/owner.

Who is your favorite contemporary artist or maker?

"It's a bit hard to choose one, so I hope it's okay to name a few :D Emily Jeffords, Tran Nguyen, and Amy Sol."

What inspired you to become a maker?

"Ever since I can remember, I've always been fond of creating...something. Coloring. Thinking outside the box and producing something unexpected. It was probably my first set of Crayola crayons that made me want to create and play with colors. I got excited when my mom would buy me a bigger set of crayons and when she came home with more coloring books! As I got older I was introduced to more tools that helped make way to more possibilities! And my interest in creativity and making Art was sealed when I learned that there are tons of other artists out there creating and loving what they're doing. Making beautiful things and inspiring people. My constant exposure and curiosity with tools, makers, and artists, past and present, helped me identify the path I wanted to pursue."