“Sometimes I get the best ideas right before I go to sleep.”
“I believe anyone can be creative; some just need to learn how to do it.”
Why is making handmade goods important to you?
Making handmade goods fills that creative itch within me. I get antsy if it’s been a while since I’ve made something with my hands.
What is your design background?
I never went to art school, but I tend to learn best (and not get burnt out) at my own pace. If I’m really interested in something I can spend hours on it and not realize it. I’ve tried to learn what I can through books, online, and a few classes. I think no matter how much schooling you have, it’s still important to keep learning and growing.
Walk us through your production/design process.
I sometimes get the best ideas right before I go to sleep and have to either train my brain to remember them or put it in writing somewhere. I first brainstorm/sketch a few ideas. Second, I make more deliberate thumbnail sketches, then a more refined sketch, and scan that into the computer where I vectorize and add color and details. My final job is to figure out the best printing process for what I am making. That’s a tough part: finding the best quality and overhead cost for printing processes. But it’s important to get it right in order to have great products that support the business.