Hallo! I am Gemma Ronquillo, owner and creative officer of BrainFry Concepts – a small design studio offering handmade, custom invitations and paper goods.
Born in the Philippines, my family moved to the States in the 80s and I was raised in New Jersey with my older brother. In my twenties, I called Boston and Berkeley “home”, but I returned to the East Coast in 2001 and now live with my boyfriend and our host of kitties in Jersey City.
My love of design and creativity has been a part of me through my entire life – my imagination my constant friend. I have always had a deep love of words and paper…fonts and colors As a child, I spent much of my time handcrafting things to sell…from buttons in grade school to paper mache angels for holiday craft fairs. As an adult, I was fortunate to have worked at Ogilvy & Mather, where a team of art directors gave me the opportunity to train in the creative department.
In March of 2010, I took the leap, embraced the dream and BrainFry was born. It is stressful. It is hard. I make mistakes and learn difficult lessons. But, it is also so extraordinarily satisfying to have this baby business and see it – slowly, but surely – grow. Every day, I am grateful to have the chance to do what I love – working with paper and type…playing with colors and layouts.
I am proud to call myself an artist, a writer, a dreamer and an entrepreneur.
- Inspired by Lucy Maud Montgomery – author of Anne of Green Gables (my favorite heroine) – I finished my first novel at 13 and proceeded to write Fusion (my baby) in my early twenties.
- I once bought an AmeriPass for Greyhound and traveled through 21 states in a week.
- I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures. When I was in grade school – unable to travel on my own – I used to pull out stacks and stacks of our Encyclopedia Americana and make a list of all the places I would visit when I was old enough.
- I love old-school Technicolor movies and miss the old AMC.
- I have a weakness for all sweets, especially white chocolate.
- When I’m stressed out or unhappy, I like to go to a bookstore and get lost in the stacks.