Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Kosciuczyk.
Cynthia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began working on projects as early as high school. My career has been influenced by both entrepreneurs and inventors in my family. I have rotated between science, art, food and entertainment since the start. In my twenties in Massachusetts, I was a research scientist and was included as an author in Nuclear medicine and some immunology projects. I married and became involved in the art scene in Hartford, CT and opened my first business and was the first employee in a friend’s environmental startup that was sold.
I moved to Greece and worked as a science and art sub, a quality control chemist the opened an American Bakery (Cindy’s Baking Cakes) in the 1990s. I worked as a chef in the hotel circuit until I cane to Houston.
I worked at the Museum of Fine Arts and as a Vegetarian Baker. I returned to Rhodes Greece to open a restaurant with friends. I went back to Houston (most restaurants only make it their first year) and worked for UPS at the airport. I longed for Greece. In 1999, I took a plane with no one waiting for me or no job as yet and talked myself into a job as a line technician at a spice factory.
In February, I came to San Diego because of a college Chemistry colleague and began my journey from restaurants to sales and service and managed the 4th Avenue Rug Gallery in the Gaslamp 2001-2015. I was always involved in community art and projects. 2007, I had Designer Tastes Gallery. I was involved in the Normal Heights Cultural Council, Utility Box projects on Adams, Art around Adams, and have judged the Congressional Arts Competition for Congress the past 10 years. I got my MBA online in 2010 and 2015-2018, I got back into science for a project at NMCSD.
When the project ended, I began working to help grow Eyeuniversal.com and now am the Business Director, while expanding my services for Designertastes. I do design at Metro Flooring. I write poetry. In 2015, I published My Odyssey about the 12 years in Greece. I weekly write for The Rug Room sponsored by Chemmax. I write almost monthly for Life by Design Magazine. I am in the midst of my next book: Weaving Life and hope to publish in the next months. I was asked to put a poem in the San Diego Poetry Annual. I am the Program Director for the Optimists of Coronado, a volunteer with VUMMF and attend various groups relating to community and technology.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s not been easy as I have been a serial entrepreneur so my resume is a road map. I believe there is so much to learn and whatever I put my heart and soul into flourishes.
I have been married and divorced twice, and as a result, create family wherever I go. I have been without work a few times, and experiencing that in another country is quite shocking. In some businesses, there is bias because I am female. San Diego has been tougher than anyplace else for me because I had to really establish myself here before anyone took me seriously. I have had many career opportunities that don’t fit a mold. Due to my survival instinct, I have worked a few jobs that don’t seem logical given my education. I call it what am I going to be when I grow up this time! Though, the current job market its hard not to notice the ageism prevalent. I am fortunate to be in the entrepreneur space which is more results-driven.
I love ancient cultures and the like and feel more attuned to the Renaissance idea that one has to have a well-rounded education.
Please tell us about Designer Tastes and Eyeuniversal – what should we know?
Designertastes, as I started in 2004, is a way to put a title to what it is that I do. I am passionate about design, I have been involved in art, furniture and my expertise that I am best known for Persian rugs. As a child, I became fascinated with patterns and can easily find them. Piece by piece my journey led me to rugs and since they are full of art, history, culture religion I never run out of things to study or write. Cynthia of the Rugs. People call me even years after I met them for my consulting on what to do. I will be releasing in a few months a directory for these services with a well-known rug colorist we cal it Rugology- the world of rugs.
Since I put together events involving food, worked in catering and even has an online radio show for art, music and culture the name made sense. I work with Interior designer and flooring so that works as well. My logo is a DNA strand to give a nod to my training and to symbolize that design is everywhere.
Eyeuniversal.com is the business that keeps my hands in technology. I met the owner Dhruv Malhotra back in 2007 when we had a group project called artisticgoods.com. That led to years of collaboration being 50/50 right and left brain makes it easy for me to talk to clients and turn that into a document for the tech team!
- Appraisals 200$
- Rug Consultations 75$
- Websites etc project by project basis
- Address: Designertastes
5230 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
- Website: www.designertastes.com
- Phone: 858-717-2607
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designertastes/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/designertastesconsulting/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/salonistasays
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/designer-tastes-san-diego?osq=designertastes
- Other: https://www.eyeuniversal.com/