Being an diehard baker, one of my prize possessions in the kitchen is my KitchenAid mixer that I was fortunate enough to grab off Ebay for only $150 back in the day. It works like a dream and has made many sweet treats over the years. Although they come in a variety of colors these days, who wouldn’t want to take it to the next level? Well Nicole Dinardo of Un Amore decided to bring fine art to the kitchen and has become a household name in her unique craft. Nicole’s designs have a distinct vintage/rockabilly flare, along with custom designs to satisfy every client’s vision.
Nicole has kindly taken a few moments to share her story so we can get to know more about the creative gal behind the canvas.
Tell us a about the gal behind Un Amore Custom Designs:
I have always done art since I was a little girl, but never did any “formal” training. I had been recovering from a surgery and was limited mobility for 6 months, so I needed something to occupy my time. I checked into tattooing first (before it was considered popular), but that fell through, so I picked up the airbrush. I called Mike of Killer Paint and apprenticed for a few months, then over time developed my own aesthetic.
How did Un Amore come to be?
By accident. I did a guitar case for Gavin Rossdale of BUSH, then I decided I better look professional and made my site in one day. It was then that I realized I painted more mixers than anything else. I really enjoyed it and decided to just roll with it. I got a loan from my dad for $1600.00 and bought a few mixers, painted them and paid him back in 3 months.
What are you inspirations behind your designs, what inspires you as an artist?
Honestly, I strive to do better than my last. I constantly want to better myself, to one-up myself.
Do you plan to expand beyond the Kitchenaid Mixers in the future?
I do, I’d like to have a line of kitchen tools, dishes, etc… possibly furniture too.
What is the meaning behind Un Amore?
“A Love” for all that I do. Once the love is gone, then I need to find something else…I do this for the love of it.
You definitely have a retro/rockabilly vibe to your designs and style, who are your favorite pinups models? Do you incorporate the rockabilly/pinup style into your personal life?
Actually I don’t in my personal life. I wear jeans and a beanie to work, no makeup etc…I dress like a guy. I come to work to work. However when I do get to dress up, timeless is my go-to style. I dress kinda pinup. I do love rat rods! One of my favorite styles of hot rod culture. I loooove pinup models. Sabina Kelley is amazing, so is Dayna DeLux, & Dita Von Teese. Amber Heard is not a traditional “pinup” model, but her guess ads are ridiculous!
What is your all time favorite design you have created and why?
Once I pick a favorite, I find another. Too many to decide from. I guess I just love what I do. I try to make sure I put my own spin on each one, even if they’re commissioned. But, if I can only pick one it would be the blue Car-Hop girl (Michael Elins shot the original photo). Faces that are 1inch big are not easy to do. So technically, this one thrills me. Also all the squares match up, even when the head is up or down.
Have you had any “famous” clients that you can share with us?
I have quite a list of those who own my mixers, but I don’t post it on my site (although everyone says I should) I feel it’s like bragging and I don’t like to brag. People are people and I look at everyone equally. Some are just more well-known than others and it helps build a brand. But it doesn’t define who I am or what I do. And it’s fun, I can’t deny that!
A few that own my mixers are : Guy Fieri, Tori & Dean (his and hers), Some dignitaries, Britney Spears, ……
Who do you dream to design a mixer for and what would it be?
I’d love to do one for Mr. Trump and Snoop Dogg!
On average how much time is invested to complete one project?
It varies. It depends on designs. Some weeks, some days. I work on artwork for several mixers at a time, they may be all different. Sometimes as an artist you need to step away and take a break from a design if it is very time consuming or difficult. You always want to give your best and it is easy to screw it up if you’re not in the right mindset for a design.
What was your biggest challenge to create to date?
Toile, it’s a pain LOL
Where do you see Un Amore Designs in 5 years?
I’d love to see my designs in shops and boutiques. More fast paced, efficient and still providing the best quality I can provide. Also stated above, I’d love to have coordinating tools, textiles etc…
What is the process for someone to purchase one of your designs?
It depends. Most send an email of their ideal design, we will discuss options…If they choose to proceed and agree upon the quote we provide a digital concept. Once the concept it approved, they pay the remaining balance to book their spot to start on our schedule (typically 3 months out) and then from there I paint it. Once completed I shoot them nice shots to share, and we ship them off.
What would you like everyone to know about Un Amore Designs?
Wow, difficult to answer. I may not be the first in history to paint a mixer, but I have taken it to a whole different level. I am proud to have made it extremely popular.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Thank you so much for this opportunity! <3
It is nearly impossible to pick a favorite as all Un Amore designs are spectacular! Hopefully someday I will be able to own one of these truly breathtaking custom painted KitchenAid mixers. I already know what it would be…a vintage cupcake inspired design featuring a classic pin up beauty. A girl can dream right?
A big thank you to Nicole for taking the time to share her incredible work with all of us. I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!