Although we’ve featured projects by this next Women Making History honoree before, we realized that we’ve never actually done a full feature on her! So consider this a long overdue tribute to a rising star in the art world and get familiar with Ritzy P!
Ritzy Periwinkle, aka Marisa Estrada – a Los Angeles artist and designer with deep roots in urban art and music culture. The name Ritzy Periwinkle, a pseudonym that started among her and her crew, stems from “Maritza” (the way her birth name was originally supposed to be spelled) and the Crayola color, “Periwinkle”. The tight beats and poetic lyrics of Hip Hop fuel her artistic creativity. Graduating from California State University Long Beach with a fine art degree with an emphasis in graphic design, Ritzy has created designs and artwork for Dilated Peoples, Aterciopelados, Sonic Youth, Calle 13, “I Am Legend”, Slick Rick, Arcade Fire and many more. With art exhibitions in art and music hubs such as Los Angeles, Detroit and New York, Ritzy communicates a beautiful energy and respect for her community of women and people of color. Working in photography, illustrations, graphics, collage and creating a flourishing boutique t-shirt line, Ritzy compliments her gritty stylistic tendencies with a positive vibe that is attributed to her eclectic influences and unique background. Ritzy Periwinkle happily mixes music and art to her own beat, bringing pure harmony to her creativity.
Ritzy answers some questions for us below:
M.I.S.S.: What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
All the women that are doing the most in the male dominated game, whatever industry it might be. Also all the women around the world that fight for basic rights on the daily and never back down.
M.I.S.S.: How did you get your start?
I actually started in the music industry trying to find my niche. Everything from working underground hip hop records, interning at the Wake Up Show, graphic design to finally settling into concert promotions as a print buyer and production manager. I wanted to bone out on my own for a long time but always made excuses. A little over 3 years ago I dove and started Ritzy Periwinkle to get back to graphic design and art. Organically the opportunities to exhibit started happening then this live painting thing started. My first time was in a small gallery, next time was in front of 6,000 peeps on stage with Calle 13 (gracias Pantalones) then a live 5 hour painting battle for “I AM Legend” (gracias Man One) where I won second place. With each project or event I’d meet more and more great people that would ask me to work with them. I have to say I’m pretty blessed to be able to mix my love of music and art and make a living.
M.I.S.S.: What’s your favorite piece of art that you’ve created?
It’s a tie right now between my first vinyl toy I designed for the BIC Buddy Artists Series 1 that releases in August because it’s a dream of mine and working on RE:GENERATIONS NAT KING COLE cd creating original pieces, on top of doing the graphic design because I was able to meet and work almost on the daily with the amazing Carole Cole for almost a year. She was instant fam, a warrior and an inspiration. The project means that much more now because she passed away on 05.19.09. R.I.P.
M.I.S.S.: Who do you want to (work with, dress, make music with, etc)?
So many but a few are Stevie Wonder, Ghostface, Café Tacvba, Erykah Badu, the series True Blood, Los Planetas, the show Big Bang Theory, the show Mad Men and always down to collabo with talented females doing their thing.
M.I.S.S.: What part of your work process is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
Just that initial concept phase, I love it because it’s a challenge but I’ve learned that I gots to do it late at night (dead time) and have to have certain type of music playing to really get into that zone. I have to calm my mind down because I’m always thinking about a grip of things at once.
M.I.S.S.: Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career path similar to yours?
Hustle and grind, always be genuine, remember your word is your rep, know your worth, never stop learning.
Stay up with Ritzy & her happenings by visiting the sites below:
- Ritzy P: Bic Buddy Artist Toy Series Preview and Nat King Cole Remix Project RE:GENERATIONS
- Ritzy Periwinkle x Doze Green x Rakaa
- Women Making History: Nubby Twiglet
- The Accessories Link List 7.7.2010
- Women Making History: Hannah Rad aka Sheena Beaston