By Wendy Kam Marcy
Michelle and I go all the way back to the 6th grade where I rocked a barrette in my hair. I long chose to forget this geeky image of myself but she recently reminded me and we got a good laugh at how far we both have come.
Pretty, smart and witty, Michelle was one of the "popular kids" in school - but she was never a mean girl. She was the girl that made us LMAO before we even knew there was an acronym for that. We lost touch over the years and it wasn't until I started noticing these Piñatas taking over my Facebook feed did we reconnect. Of course, these unique and fabulous creations belonged to Michelle, the beauty + brains behind Big Ass Piñata... see how this mama took partying to the next level! Say hello to Michelle Laratta, our hip + urban girl of the month!
1) Tell us about Big Ass Piñata!
Big Ass Piñata is the way I do life: big, silly, and barely held together.
A piñata is merely a container that is broken. I choose how to break it, based on a series of questions, and design a piece of art that makes sense, for whatever its intended purpose. No sticks, no hitting, no confetti is how I roll 99% of the time.
Right now, I'm working on a 3 foot, glazed, Kim K booty, a glittered 2 foot Montreal Canadiens logo, a three tiered photo-ready wedding cake, a traditional Mexican piñata (the pointy one) with gold, pearls and roses, and a ridiculously detailed Death Star. I have a niche market, but in that niche lies an overwhelming array of clients with amazing requests.
I average about two weeks per job because I work late nights cutting cardboard, glue gunning, fringing and diamond studding... not to mention painting, spray painting, glittering and making up artsy words, all while my 3.5 year old sleeps like a baby. I try to take my time because in any job, the design and build are the hardest part. I've gone back to the drawing board a few times, but once the logistics are sound, it's all 'make me pretty' from there on out.
I live for the big jobs, but I'm actually about to go in the opposite direction with a line of customizable minis that people can order and send by mail delivery to friends, co-workers, ex-boyfriends, you name it. I am pushing the envelope with this one but it's an exciting idea that I can't wait to share.
I don't like to miss a party. :)