The Artist

Kristen Ramos has been an art lover ever since she was a child. She grew up taking lessons and pursued Fine Arts in college to hone her craft. Ten, as she is fondly called, then entered the professional world of advertising by being a graphic designer.

Being very passionate about the arts, she sidelined by hand-painting shirts and bags. However, it was in designing invitations where Ten truly found her niche. “It all started with my friends and relatives asking for their wedding invitation designs,” she reminisced. Many of them gushed over Ten’s highly intricate works, many of which at par with those from more veteran invitation designers.
Armed with just a handful of sample works, the then-newbie put up a Facebook page to display her invitations. Ten also joined online groups of wedding suppliers. This is where her designs stood out and caught the attention of a broader market.

“From new clients, my base grew and grew as satisfied customers referred me to their friends and relatives,” Ten narrated. She also recalled how good it felt like when people constantly shared her works in different social media channels. The good feedback online also greatly boosted the confidence of the rather unassuming artist.
Once she began earning more than she initially expected, Ten left her corporate job. Now a full time creativepreneur, she focuses on making invitations. Sometimes, the events she makes invitations for also get her to do other collaterals for a more unified look.

Considering how much her business has grown, Ten still makes sure to give every client her utmost dedication. She takes time to know their love story by talking to them personally, all in order to give every wedding (and other occasions) a heartfelt touch. “I also make sure I’m in line with their theme and am very thorough with details,” she added.

As with any serious business, invitation-making is not all fun and doodles. “Patience is an important trait of an invitation designer,” Ten admitted, citing multiple revisions, rushed deadlines, and printing issues.
Nonetheless, clients’ appreciation of her finished invites are priceless and makes all the work worth it. “Knowing that I somehow contributed to a very important event in their life makes me proud,” Ten explained.
She learned the technicalities of graphic design with her corporate stint and when she was still studying. However, it was in bravely putting up her own invitation-making business where Ten developed her social skills
and decision-making abilities.

She advises freelance artists to not be afraid to pursue their craft. ​“It might be hard and uncertain at first, but passion will keep you going,” Ten said.

Erica Cortez-Araullo and Photos by Janica Alexi Eder