CGInc. Design Firm is a division of Carina Gardner, Inc. that works directly with manufacturers to develop products, ideas, and artwork. Designers work in different mediums and entities under this brand as well as their own brands.
Currently, CG Design Firm works exclusively for Carta Bella Paper Company.
Carina Gardner, Creative Director
Carina has a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Minnesota. She taught graphic design at the University of Minnesota for five years before leaving to design full time. Carina currently designs fabric for Riley Blake, teaches online classes and creates digital products at Jessica Sprague.com. She also has a line of sewing patterns manufactured and distributed by her company, Carina Gardner, Inc. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two daughters.
Deena Rutter, Designer
Deena Rutter is a surface print designer who has been designing for the craft industry since 1999. Deena is a self-taught graphic designer who portrays her passion for life through her work. She feels fortunate that her designs can inspire and be enjoyed by others.
Deena currently designs fabric for Riley Blake Designs, and digital scrapbooking products for Design House Digital. Deena also is co-owner of the company Good Works -fresh symbols of faith. Deena designs diecuts for Fancy That. You can find Deena’s artwork licensed through other companies, such as: Embroidables. Her Cricut cartridge, Storybook, has been a favorite since 2008.
Samantha Walker, Designer
Samantha’s designs are influenced by her childhood memories of the colorful 70‘s, and her many traveling opportunities. She graduated from BYU with a BFA in illustration design. Shortly after, she got married, and became a military wife–moving to Japan just one month after getting married. She lived there for three years–just south of Tokyo in the hustle and bustle of big city life. While there, she took the opportunity to take Sumi-e painting classes (calligraphic flower painting.) She traveled a lot within Japan, and also explored: Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, and Bali. She says, “The imagery of my travels has been engrained in my mind, and has a tendency to naturally creep out into my artwork when I least expect it. I’m grateful for those experiences.”
Melanie Ritchie, Designer
Melanie Ritchie studied Art Fundamentals at Lambton College and Visual Arts at York University. Art and Design have always been a focus in her life. As a young girl, she sold hand drawn greeting cards at the end of her driveway instead of lemonade. Her childhood dream was to illustrate the covers of novels. Currently, Melanie spends most of her time raising her two small children and the remainder of her time designing products for scrapbooking.