We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabie Mammia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabie, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Whenever I begin to question my decision to start my business and pursue art full-time, the Lord always sends something or someone into my life that makes me stay with it. It’s always in those moments when I go on Indeed and start looking for more stable and more steady work that I get invited to give a talk somewhere, or I make a sale in my Etsy shop, or something like that, that I know is God reminding me that I made a commitment to do this and to trust Him to provide for me throughout this process! He doesn’t let me give up on this work because He doesn’t let me give up on all the people He wants to encounter through this business; starting the Cultivate Card Co. has given me so many opportunities to make new friends and share the gifts I have been given with others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I try to take my life moment by moment. So I think I have gotten to where I am today as an artist by doing just that — receiving the opportunities and the tasks given to me in each moment as they come to me. I have hardly planned to be where I am now, but by God’s grace and providence, here I am! And I am so happy. Maybe that is what sets me apart from other artists? I think I have a joyful spirit; artists sometimes get a bad rep for being “brooding intellectuals” or “angsty” or whatnot. Heck, I make greeting cards and tote bags and bandanas with bright colors and people and Bible verses and vegetables on them. That can hardly be described as the work of a brooding intellectual. I make the art that I make because I want people to know that they are loved. That this is their identity — beloved! Reminding people of that fills me with joy and guides me in what I ought to be doing — how can I give the most love to others? — because that’s what I and my art ought to be doing. It’s not always easy, but I do my best and I keep trying, because people are worth it and God’s Love is worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I went to school out-of-state, so this is actually something I have thought extensively about for when my friends visit! My itinerary goes all over the county. 1. Breakfast at Toast in Carlsbad 2. A stroll through Seaport Village, one of my most nostalgic spots from growing up in San Diego 3. The Vista Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings (I’m partial to this one because I’m a vendor there!) 4. Coffee at Koffie in Escondido (their holiday drinks are AMAZING!) 5. You can’t forget In-N-Out 6. Dessert and sitting outside on the balcony at Pannikin in Encinitas 7. Drinks at Raised by Wolves (coolest speakeasy ever) 8. Visiting the rose garden and the adorable international houses in Balboa Park 9. Visiting Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy to see the gorgeous paintings covering the entire interior of the church and browse the gift shop 10. Sunrise at Double Peak Park in San Marcos
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh boy. Can I dedicate my shoutout to a few people? I have so many to be grateful for. First of all, I definitely have to dedicate my shoutout to Jesus — my Teacher in how to live and how to love, and my Catholic faith — my sanctuary and my home. Second, I have to say a big thank you to my amazing family who have offered up many a $20 bill for art supplies, vendor’s fees, and snacks. And last but absolutely not least, I must say thank you to my sweet boyfriend, Kevin, who has encouraged me and believed in me in every way imaginable; his support and love have carried me through a lot of the ups and downs of starting a small business and being a full-time artist.