Today I’m bringing you a long-anticipated interview with the beatufiul Daniela Cano of Nifty Gypsy Originals. She is such a sweet soul with an eye for design and one-of-a-kind creations that are sure to turn heads.
Read on to hear more about her story and what inspires her creations:
Tell me your story – how did you get to where you are now?
I graduated from a very small town in Texas. It took me a long time to realize what my purpose in life was because growing up my family was less fortunate and we moved a lot. As a youth I was quiet, shy, and a weird kid that didn’t quite fit in with the other kids, so I quickly learned to be creative and found myself designing things.
In high school I got recognition for best welder and received an art award which was unusual since I was female. When I moved from home I attended cosmetology school and gained my license and so I started doing hair and makeup and then found myself painting art on the side. Soon after that I started a family and worked at a boutique where I started painting to pass the time away; I’d go to their back stockroom and pick out old junk or whatever was laying around at the time and would paint it and in turn the boutique would sell it. As the saying goes “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure”.
After that I learned how to sew on a sewing machine and from there I started incorporating leather and started designing earrings and necklaces and just like that, the beginning of my dream and adventure with ‘Nifty Gypsy Originals’ took off.
What inspires your personal style?
My inspiration comes from everything around me, I like a little bit of anything that stands out. I’m constantly searching for more vintage looks, Native American jewels, and old styles from back in the day; to what’s new and modern. My concept is to incorporate hip and edgy with a western touch and feel.
Tell me about your business – what do you specialize in?
My brand at ‘Nifty Gypsy Originals’ is all about art! It’s anything from handcrafted leather work to canvas work to rustic hand painted furniture, shirt designs; literally anything – the sky’s the limit!
What inspires your work?
I was always fascinated by leather work – the design and the tooling – which is hard and very time-consuming. I’m still learning and trying to master the skill. To me, painting on leather and creating an accessory from scratch is special and unique!
I get inspired by things that catch my attention, like old buildings and junk, looking at the sky, driving down an empty road or looking at a desert that goes on forever, and the colors that are reflected. My mind is always working and I’m constantly thinking of new things to create.
Once an idea comes to me, I literally drop everything and do it right then while it’s fresh on my mind. the anticipation is so real, which sometimes is distracting because it takes me away from the things that are pressing at the time.
What do you love about Nifty Gypsy?
I feel like early on I was always told what to do, but now that I’ve found my niche, I get to fulfill my passion in life. I am very happy and ecstatic to work the designs I come up with.
To me, art is extremely therapeutic. I love the feeling of freedom when I’m creating or am painting while blasting some Bruno Mars music, with my 5 year old son next to me drawing and being artistic like his momma, I love that.
It may sound cliché but I hope to inspire him and others to follow his or their dream and to not be afraid to use the talent within them and do what they love.
Have there been obstacles along the way to success?
There is a difficulty with social media nowadays when you showcase your work and talent: it’s easily duplicated, which is extremely frustrating. However, like some say, “Once you put it out there for the whole world to see be ready for it to be copied”.
‘Nifty Gypsy Originals’ has grown into a full time job, to where it’s hard to juggle everything at time. [I’m] catching up on orders, painting for other vendors, creating new products and still being mommy to my son and still finding ‘me time’ at the end of the day. Despite all that, I honestly cannot complain because I love the fulfillment of being a workaholic and what I get to do on a daily basis.
What are your goals for your business?
My goal is to continue growing [to the point] that my business gets recognized and that hopefully someday Nifty Gypsy Originals could be featured in a magazine like Cowboys and Indians.
Most importantly, I want to branch out and collaborate with other artists and businesses! There is so much talent out there it’s insane. I want to design new things, things that are original and that I love. I love to see babes wearing and showcasing my products!
What would you like others to know about your business?
The thing to know about Nifty Gypsy Originals is that it’s what it says it is: original. I handcraft everything, I put my heart and soul into everything that I design and it’s meant to be a one of kind. I describe my brand as funky and unique with some edge for those babes who like to stand out like myself and make a statement. Nifty Gypsy Originals is always open to new ideas.