Our studio is dedicated to good design and beautifully made products. We specialize in Custom Hand-Drawn Maps + Illustrations for any special occasion, in addition to our line of Home + Paper Goods.
If you are looking for bespoke, fashionable design for your event, look no further than Couture Maps and if you are looking for stylish home and paper goods in our signature map style, please visit us at Gooseberry Designs. We invite you to view our full line of elegant and whimsical products.
At Gooseberry Designs and Couture Maps, we believe that style + the environment go hand in hand and we source high quality, eco-friendly materials for our hand-crafted goods.
The studio is based in fabulous Los Gatos, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Run by mother-daughter team: Nina Kulick and Arati Godbole.
About Nina Kulick
In 2005, my husband and I had just learned that we were expecting our first child. I knew then that my life as a full-time neuroscience researcher had to change. I was working ten plus hours every day in a research lab followed by several hours messing around with art in my studio, leaving little time for anything else. I knew that the baby was going to take up most of my time, so obviously my schedule was in need of some rearrangement. My lifelong love of art and design took over and I jumped in with both feet, right into my own business - and Gooseberry Designs was born!
Starting my own business gave me the flexibility to spend more time with my newborn (now 10 year old!) and also fulfill my love of creating art. Ten years later, I am so fortunate to be able to make a career out of doing something that I love. Each day at work is unique, but of course there are hurdles, as with any small business - which can be both challenging and rewarding - but I can't imagine doing anything else!
I am most inspired by the everyday things around me. My dog Kricket and I go on mini-explorations after we walk my daughter to school each morning. There is always something new to discover! Travel and adventure have always been at the top of my list of favorite things. I have been lucky to have started traveling early in my life. From a very young age, my parents began taking me and my brother to visit my extended family in India, and they chose a different city to explore on each trip. We have seen a lot of amazing sights and I hope to do the same with my daughter.
Drawing maps is the natural progression of my love of travel. I enjoy the whole process - from the research that goes into each map as well as the design and illustration. It is even more enjoyable when I have had the pleasure of visiting the places I am asked to draw!
Custom map design is a collaborative process. We work with our clients to create the visual story they wish to depict - whether it is for weddings, birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, get-togethers or other special events.
If you have a love of travel and maps and want to commission a Couture Map project - contact us to talk!
You can also visit us at Gooseberry Designs, to see our line of Stationery and Home Goods.