Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Lucia Salemi

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Lucia, from the Zazzle stores Lucia_Salemi, sallylux, etc., was kind enough to sit down and talk with us about her inspirations, and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her stores Lucia_salemi, sallylux, and FunnyCuteMonsters

Pink Ballerina Design T-Shirt

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Lucia: I’m an Italian author/illustrator of children’s books. Two years ago I visited the website of a UK-based illustrator, and I noticed that she offered her prints on Zazzle. I’d never heard about Zazzle before, but I was building my own website and I wanted to offer my prints too! The Italian fans of my books often asked me where they could find my wall art for their children’s bedrooms. Weird that nearly all my customers are Americans now, and I’m so happy for it!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Lucia: Kids and animals…I adore both. They are so funny, especially when they make a mess

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Lucia: My Sleeping Bats! I love this design because it’s sweet, but also humorous. A bat’s way of sleeping looks so bizarre to us, but it’s absolutely natural to them. The message is “Be yourself and don’t imitate others – don’t try to wear a nightcap if you’re a bat!”

Sleeping Bats Mousepad

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Lucia: Customization! Customers can personalize text, change the backgrounds in my designs; this is just the greatest feature. Also, the design engine is so easy to use, everybody can have a store. If you have a problem, check out the Forums: Zazzle is by far the most supporting and encouraging community I’ve found. I always find my answer there.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Lucia: Freedom – I feel free to express myself here, and it’s so much fun. It’s great to be receiving such terrific exposure, and as the saying goes: making the art is the easy part, but making a living from art is the hard part.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Lucia: 1) When I was a newbie here, I used the delete button way too much. I later found out that some of my best sellers weren’t my favorite designs, or what I believed were my best artworks. You can have big surprises about your work. Just be patient and give it time for people to find your products.

2) If you’re eclectic and you love acrylic painting, but also digital design and photography, you can have several stores: I sell my graphic designs in sallylux store, and the designs created with my daughter in lucykitty. I have several stores, the newest of which is funnycutemonsters.

3) Beware, it’s addicting: I can’t stop Zazzling!

Thanks Lucia!

11 Responses to “Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Lucia Salemi”

  1. pat merewether Says:

    This is so cool . . . thank you zazzle for doing this . . . love Stressie Cat! xo

  2. Diana Says:

    So glad to see such a wonderful article about one of my FAVE designers–Lucia! I didn’t even know she had opened a 4th store. Will have to go and check it out immediately. Thanks Zazzle and Lucia for a GREAT interview!!!! And yes I do have to agree that Zazzle is addicting!!! Yay Lucia!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Shan Says:

    Congrats to you Lucia, great interview!! I have admired your work for a long time. You are a lovely person and a truly great artist. Well done!!!

  4. Melissa Says:

    Yay Lucia! You rule.

  5. Olympia Says:

    Congrats, Lucia! Great interview. Glad you are featured! You are very talented! Greetings from Greece!

  6. elenaind Says:

    Great interview!!! Many congrats Lucia,your artwork is totally fantastic ! :)

  7. Pip Says:

    Congrats Lucia… Have always loved your illustrations.
    Pip ♥

  8. Maria.G Says:

    yay!!
    I am a huge fan of Lucia! SHE IS NOT ONLY A WONDERFUL ARTIST BUT ALSO AN AMAZING PERSON TOO!!!!!!
    Go Lisa!
    we love you!
    Blessed Weddings

  9. D-Digital Says:

    Great art!!!

  10. Nicole Says:

    Love the interview and indeed sometimes what works is not what we personally like!
    Lucia really gives a unique touch to her art, we can recognize it anywhere. Great talent! :-)

  11. Pepper Says:

    Lucia is a Fun~tastic Artist! She also always is praising others! Unique and a perfect example of success! Congrats Lucia! Well Deserved!

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