If you look at my recent stationery designs, you would probably picture a Japanese girl dressed in bright neon rainbows all the time. But I actually love love LOVE wearing all black. So if I had to wear one of my stationery sets, it would be this one. Now available in my shop.
Yay I had my first sales on etsy for my new little stationery collection. Thanks for being my first customers! I have a million more things to tweak and add to the collection but its nice motivation to get off on a good start.
Also, I have decided to write more on this blog about the process of starting my side business(s). More specifically my stationery line but also whatever else comes up in my life as a freelancer/self-employed/creative entrepreneur person.
Ever since I’ve left Amsterdam and moved back to the ol’ US of A, I have really tried to get some of my little side projects off the ground. I opened my photography etsy shop right before I left Amsterdam but something about living in that city kept me distracted from many of my own personal creative goals. I was busy running a magazine but I also made a lot of excuses when I lived there (I still do) about how the language barrier kept me from networking with people and how customers were reluctant to buy from abroad, etc.. I was all a bunch of crap but it actually kept me from really pursuing anything tangible.
Trying to make da skrilla from doing something creative is hard, but frankly I think fear is what holds most people back. It’s scary to put yourself out there. What if people hate your idea? What if you go broke? Following your own path is risky business.
Since starting this latest venture, I’ve been searching high and low on the internet for inspiring people and resources to learn more. I’m discovering a ton but this is just the very beginning. So since I’m basically starting from scratch when it comes to business, I want to share with you my experiences from step one. I’m sure there will be plenty of mistakes, and maybe it’ll end before it really begins but at the very least there will be lessons learned…and colorful paper.
I’ve always been obsessed with paper goods. When I lived in Japan I spent most of my tweens and teens shopping for the perfect pencil case or the most kawaii annual planner. It was seriously my favorite weekend activity. I remember when I moved back to the states and had to go back to school shopping I was so bored by the school supply selection. For adults, the selection was even more of a snooze fest. Who says folders and planners have to be plain black leather? I guess minimal has been equated with sophistication in the West. But I love seeing grown Japanese women in business suits busting out their Snoopy planner on the train with no shame. It makes me smile. So, to honor the Japanese child in me, I’ve designed a line of colorful letter sets. Each set comes with 6 sheets, 3 matching envelopes, and 3 stickers to seal and post! You can take a look at the collection over at my etsy shop!
P.S. To launch my line I’m offering at 15% of discount. Just use the coupon code LIMEGREEN
My latest adventures on my self-employed journey has lead to the world of architecture and interior photography with Airbnb. The assignments cover so many of my loves: photography, homes, and cute Austin neighborhoods. I’ve always been obsessed with homes and interiors. I’m one of those freaks that loves to go for walks around neighborhoods after dinner just to stare at interesting homes and snoop in on people’s lives. Needless to say, I really like this current gig. I recently got lucky enough to shoot this amazing modern home in South Austin. Isn’t it great?
Earlier this month I mentioned that I wanted to open a second etsy shop and expand my side business to sell some of my handmade designs. Many ideas are still storming around in my brain but I’ve been busy in production mode with a jewelry line of giant clay necklaces. It started as a fun Christmas present project for my friends but now it’s turned into a bit of a clay molding obsession. I guess I missed working with my hands. I’m hoping to have the shop up by the end of the month! Fun Fun Fun. Check out my instagram to see more of my work process!
I’m a big time a multi-tasker. Very female of me I guess. I don’t just design a logo. I design logos while eating a sandwich, flipping through five blogs, and talking on the phone. But my favorite thing to do while “working” is listen to interesting podcasts. I pretty much listen to anything to be honest but I really enjoy podcasts where I feel like I’m learning about the creative field. Below are my current fave creative podcasts.
Debbie Milman from the Design Observer interviews some of the most succesful people in Graphic Design, Branding, and New Media. This is great if you love the design world. She always inserts her own interesting anecdotes and is really good about pulling the background story from people.
This is a much more casual podcast by illustrator Sam Weber. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and interviews many fellow illustrators in the city. I like the casual tone of his interviews and the way he keeps it real about the struggles of having a creative career.
This an amazing creative business podcast from Design Sponge’s Grace Bonnie. She interviews many creatives in various fields and gives a lot of helpful tips and thoughts about starting your own creative business. It is good all around nuts and bolts information on the creative industry today.
Ok this is not a podcast but more like Ted Talks for the creative industry. Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss created this series a few years back and it has since become a global entity. I often listen to them like podcasts while I’m sketching. Very inspiring.
This podcast is more for people who are interested in starting their own business. It’s not necessarily for creatives but Seth Godin has a unique outlook on going off on your own and gives sound advice to those who want to bypass the MBA education.
I’ve been having a grand time here in the UK. Admittedly most of my activities have been holiday and alcohol related but I’ve managed to fit in some design shop browsing in both Glasgow and London. I’m going to miss all these cute local boutiques but fortunately I found the most amazing website! Papa Stour is a contemporary craft and design web shop full of beautiful objects all made by makers in Scotland. I pretty much want to buy everything. Check it out!
If you have read my blog you might have noticed my love for the successful creative who wears many hats. Obviously this has a lot to do with me trying to figure out my place in this creative world and my varied interests in so many mediums.
So If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate Jonathan Adler’s sentiments.
“Strategy, you don’t need it.”
On making pottery:
“People have preconceived notions of what pottery is supposed to be. I just wanted to make whatever I wanted to make. Fuck it, I’ll make it.”
Advice for others:
“Anyone who is starting a job, starting a business, or approaching any creative project should have this attitude which is Fuck it, There’s nothing to Lose, nothing to gain.”
Of course he does eventually talk about his strategic approach but for the first years of creating, he kept this casual attitude to making pottery which he found very liberating. When he became more established, he branded his work as “Happy Chic” so he could then move out of just pottery and design anything he wanted for the home.
An inspiring talk for people who feel stuck in their work or afraid to jump the gun and create what they really want. Listen to Adler. Fuck it.