Christina, from the Zazzle store turnip_stew, talks with us about her style and her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store turnip_stew!
Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Christina: I live on Prince Edward Island with my husband, Shaun and Dog, Dooku. Living on the East coast of Canada has done us well. It’s a very inspirational place to live… a place where your imagination can take over. I was trained as a Graphic Designer but found that my interest in arts was taking over.
Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?
Christina: I picked up art very young. It was always a great outlet for me. I wasn’t very good with words and I used to draw a lot to explain myself. I guess you could say it came from necessity. I’ve always had a great imagination, and being able to make those ideas come to life was magical. At age 6 I got interested in Polymer Clays. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I found a way to make a profit from my sculpting skills. It was when I made my first custom wedding cake topper of some friends. By age 26 I decided to make this my full time career.
Zazzle: How many hours do you typically spend working on your Zazzle store?
Christina: It fluctuates from week to week, but since my husband introduced me to the site I have been very excited about the possibilities with Zazzle. It was my goal to use every drawing and sculpture that I’ve made on Zazzle product. At the moment I have over 350 images spread across my two Zazzle storefronts. Which means I’m averaging 100 images a year
Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?
Christina: I’m pretty focused on art as my hobby, but the line between work and play is always blurry. I enjoy nature and walking with my dog. I do take many photos that I haven’t put on Zazzle yet. Maybe that should be my next storefront!
Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?
Christina: I am a whimsical artist. I try to be serious but it’s fighting against my goofy nature. I like comedy, laughter and love.
Zazzle: What is your favorite medium to use?
Christina: I love using Adobe Illustrator, pencils and Polymer Clay. I use Clay in my day job so it is fun to draw and use other medium in my spare time.
Zazzle: How do you eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?
Christina: Fast … and sometimes with ice cream.
Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?
Christina: Year of the Dragon Sticker was my first Zazzle product sold in 2009 which seems so strange, because 1) it is 2012 and now it is the Year of the dragon, and 2) that is was three years ago already.
Zazzle: What got you interest in selling your art Zazzle?
Christina: My husband suggested the site to me. I thought it was a brilliant way of showing my work and maybe making some money in the process. I don’t want to deal with inventory and shipping so why not let someone else do it?
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Christina: Have fun and promote yourself.