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Monthly Feature: Meet Hero's Heroes!

by Hero Arts February 09, 2018 18 Comments

We are excited to introduce you to another member of the Hero Arts family. In this feature we show you the people behind the scenes that work hard to bring you quality products and inspiration. We call them Hero's Heroes because they are how we do what we do!

Today we are introducing you to Zeresh Aria, a member of our talented Design Team.

What do you do for Hero Arts?

Along with the design team, I design and illustrate products for Hero Arts. I have been here a little over a year. One of the first stamp sets I designed was the Eat Cake All Day Stamp & Cut. I remember how cool it was to see my sketches become stamps and then be used by the card makers that brought it life!  

What do you like the most about working here?

I think the best part about working here is being able to draw/design. I was always passionate about art. My biggest dream growing up was to become an artist. In fact, my parents said that when I was little I would draw all over the walls with crayons (oops!). Working at Hero Arts is great because I get to do what I love as my career, and more importantly I can inspire others to be creative. It is very rewarding to see so many card makers using the illustrations I create to make heartfelt, meaningful cards. It is really special and a blessing to be a part of spreading a little love, laughter, and kindness through card making. 

What is your favorite stamp set?

My favorite set is the Unicorn Stamp & Cut because I love unicorns and it was fun to design! I also like the Color Layering Sea Turtle and Cool Fox because those were my first Color Layering sets. 

What are 3 words to describe Hero Arts?.

Creative, Inspiring, Fun.

Where you are from originally? 

I grew up on the east coast. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA along with my older and younger brother. After graduating college in 2016, I got married to my best friend Joey, and we drove across country to California. It was really fun but tiring! Though it was hard to leave my family, I always a dreamed of moving to CA.

Do you have any kids or fur babies?

I have a furbaby named Rosita. She is a beautiful Lynx Point Siamese cat whom my husband and I adopted from a local shelter. She loves to climb, cuddle, and eat. She is strikingly similar to my family cat Tiger who I had since I was 8. He was a stray cat that my family rescued. I had him for 15 years, and he brought me so much love and joy. Sadly, he passed away last year due to illness. It was very hard to lose him but he will forever be in my heart.

I also recently fostered an adorable puppy named Lucky. I found her in the middle of the road as I was driving home from Hero Arts one day. I immediately parked my car, and carefully scooped her up because I didn’t want her to get hit. She was in bad shape with fleas, skin mites, and tapeworms :( ! We gave her a bath, took her to the vet, and fixed her all up. She was only 4 months and needed a lot of care, which was hard with our busy schedules. I wanted to give her the best life she could have, and though it broke my heart to give her away I knew it was best. I miss her so much, but we found a wonderful family that loves her. And of course I will always love her too.



What do you enjoy doing in your personal life? 

I actually spend a good amount of my free time drawing and designing. I have a lot of sketchbooks where I mostly like to illustrate cute things that make people smile. I also like to brush up on my typography skills and push myself to become a better designer. Aside from that, I love: fashion, music, cute animals, sweets, venturing to new places with my hubby, and binge watching shows on Netflix.

What is the best vacation you’ve been to? 

It’s a tie between Colorado, and the first time I went to California. The first time I went to CA was really special. It was right before Joey proposed to me. He introduced me to his family, and took me around the area. We went to the beach, the California state fair, Charles Schulz museum and Bodega Bay, which was absolutely gorgeous. Colorado is also great. I go there often because my aunt and uncle live there. I enjoy visiting the Rocky Mountains, rafting, going to Vail, visiting the Stanley hotel, and tons of other stuff. It’s always a blast going there!

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

Charles Schulz. He was the creator of Snoopy and the Peanuts comic strips. He was actually one of the reasons why I wanted to become an artist. When I was younger the first Peanuts special I saw was the Easter Beagle. After that, I immediately fell in love with Snoopy and the rest of the gang. His comic strips always inspired me and made me laugh, and I remember saying that I wanted to be an artist just like him someday.

If your house was burning down, what is the one non-living thing you would save? 

If it's a non-living thing then my purse!!

Do you have a favorite quote? 

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

 AND

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK

Thank you, Zeresh, for helping us to get to know you better. We are grateful that you share your talent with us.

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18 Responses

Kim riley
Kim riley

February 17, 2018

Very nice to meet you and see you are so passionate about your work. Love it. Love that love Snoopy. He is my favorite.

Aaron L Leventhal
Aaron L Leventhal

February 12, 2018

Thank you for sharing Zeresh!

Lexuan
Lexuan

February 11, 2018

I love reading this post and get to know more about the people behind the scenes. Its such a motivation to know how you’ve had the interest in arts since young and worked towards your goal to become a designer. Love your love for the animals and thanks for being so kind and helpful towards the puppy! Both the puppy and your kitten are adorable! :)

Ilina Crouse
Ilina Crouse

February 11, 2018

Thank you for sharing yourself with us. It’s fun to get to know you and that you are from Philadelphia. I lived there until 2009 and went to Drexel. :)

Michelle
Michelle

February 10, 2018

Lovely getting to know you, Zeresh! I love working with the products you have designed!

Karen L K
Karen L K

February 10, 2018

Nice to learn about you! It is also very nice that you have a profession that is something you are passionate about.

Laura Ackerman
Laura Ackerman

February 09, 2018

Zeresh, wonderful to get to know you better. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

February 09, 2018

I loved reading about you. First, your kitties and doggy (I’m sorry that you couldn’t keep her, but you did the loving thing!!). ADORABLE. We used to have a bengal who was an amazing kitty. We now only have our 14 year old doggy named Mickey Mouse. He has Mickey’s coloring AND personality. Sweet and fun. Second, I LOVE the drawings you showed. I’m going to have to find the stamps that you designed…Third, everything else :)

Helen Potter
Helen Potter

February 09, 2018

I love meeting the hero arts family.

JOAN BARDEE
JOAN BARDEE

February 09, 2018

love this series. what a beautiful, talented woman

Clare
Clare

February 09, 2018

So nice to get to know Zeresh!! I always love playing around with your illustrations!

Lori O.
Lori O.

February 09, 2018

Love that you have a soft spot for animals. I have the cool fox stamp set, they made beautiful winter cards. Thank for sharing abut your life.

Joan Mills
Joan Mills

February 09, 2018

It was great learning so much about you. You bring so much talent and grace to the Hero team.

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

February 09, 2018

Zeresh, a gorgeous name for a gorgeous woman. You are a great artist and thanks for all things you already have made for Hero Arts and for all things to come.

Megan Fehr
Megan Fehr

February 09, 2018

I am so grateful to you guys for all that you do to bring beautiful product to my world :) but most of all for the way you showcase your team.. it’s a wonderful feeling to be appreciated and I love that you are so proud of your people!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

February 09, 2018

It’s great to know about you Zeresh :)

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

February 09, 2018

Nice to meet you Zeresh!!

Libby
Libby

February 09, 2018

It’s so good to learn a little more about you, Zeresh! And that second quote is one of my very favorites, too.