Emily, from the Zazzle store PinkInkArt, talks with us about her inspirations and what she loves about Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store PinkInkArt!
Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Emily: I worked in the garment industry for 18 years, specifically with surf wear. It was fun and crazy. I went out on my own in the early ‘90’s and learned how to use a computer for all kinds of services that were lacking at the time. I created a proprietary software product for large companies for front end designing and built databases for about 10 years. I got back to designing about 3 years ago and have never been happier.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Emily: I’m basically a childless mother or a have a pretty strong inner child. I love really cute and colorful designs and love designing for children as well as birthdays and holidays for any age. I also love the color pink, which became the basis for the name of my shop and is the featured color in many of my designs.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Emily: My most favorite design is one of the first ones I ever created, Knit-A-Holic. It features a retro martini glass with yarn as the olives and knitting needles as the toothpicks. Retro looks from the sixties are another type of art that I really love. I think I was born a little bit too late. I also used to be an avid knitter, in the days before computers became a better way for me to express my creativity.
Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?
Emily: I love a lot of things about Zazzle. One, that you can set your own markup for products we sell. That is a big plus. Another feature I love is the diversity of products. I love the postage stamps and now the new invitations. Since I love creating products for children and babies, the invitations are a great plus for custom birthday party and baby shower invitations. Two other things that are really great are the TBA’s and Fan Clubs. They are so motivating for designers. Oh wait…I love the ability to add embroidery. I have not added any designs yet but that is my next Zazzle venture.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Emily: I really like the products that Zazzle offers and the ability to customize them. It is so great for a customer to be able to add their own text and create one-of-a-kind apparel and gifts.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Emily: I like to create general category sections and then sections for each design in my shop. I think this is very helpful for customers and keeps everything organized. I create the same categories for my images which helps me see what I have in each category.