Ashley, from the Zazzle store fancybelle, talks with us about her hobbies and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store fancybelle!
Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you’re from and when you started making art.
Ashley: I’m a small town girl from Louisiana, currently residing on the grounds of the State Penitentiary. For as long as I can remember I’ve been into art and designing. It was clear to my family members at an early age that I had a passion for art, just ask my poor Grandma whose house still showcases the designs I doodled onto her walls. I was always painting and doodling away. I took every art class I could in school and in my early teens I was introduced to digital design and would later fall in love with Photoshop. I’ve worked for various advertising agencies and companies as a freelance designer over the years.
Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?
Ashley: I really love Susana Parada (ParadaCreations) and Katie Daisy (thewheatfield.) Their art is amazing and so uplifting and motivating. It’s nice to see art remind you that it’s the little things in life that are important. Little reminders that tell you not take life too seriously and to just live. I admire artists who can send a message as well as create amazing art.
Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?
Ashley: I love to curl up with a good book or slack off and watch really crappy reality tv shows. I spend the weekends exploring and thrifting… I’m obsessed with Ball mason jars and old books. My boyfriend is a bull rider and a stock contractor so I’ve grown a huge love and passion for cattle and bucking bulls. When I’m not in my office you can usually find me in my kitchen cooking up a huge meal or baking up a batch of anything. I love to be covered in flour!
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Ashley: I don’t really have a favorite. I’m completely critical of my designs and never satisfied but I guess if I HAD to pick, I’d go with something simple and striped!
Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?
Ashley: I’d love to be able to freeze time (is that a super power?) I constantly complain that I can’t find enough hours in the day to get everything I want to get accomplished finished.
Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of a feature design?
Zazzle: How do you promote your store?
Ashley: I try to use social media, but I’m really not that great of a Tweeter. I don’t have the time or the patience to tweet all day. I recently had the opportunity to showcase some of my designs at GBK Productions 2011 Emmy Awards Gift Lounge thanks to The Artisan Group and that was a very good move for my store.
Zazzle: What got you interest in selling your art Zazzle?
Ashley: I wanted to design and I wanted to make money but I couldn’t figure out how to combine the two without being completely swamped. A friend told me that she had recently purchased invitations from Zazzle and that I should check it out. I was completely skeptical. It sounded way too good to be true, but Zazzle was one of the best things that ever happened into my life.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Ashley: Be patient and be diligent. Watch the trends but don’t depend on them. Create designs that are really YOU. Designs that people will see and go, “That’s so YOU! I knew immediately it was your design!” And most of all don’t be discouraged if you don’t get 100 sales a day. It takes time. Create, create, create and promote your butt off!