By way of Scotland, Truly_Uniquely’s Carolyn Muir does the footwork and takes on art deco!
Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?
I live in a small town that’s about half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh; great for the best of both nightlife and shopping, but still fairly rural.
Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home? Both are equally wonderful and we’re excited to learn more!
At the moment I have a designated workspace within my sitting room. It may not be ideal, as I live alone, but it’s more than adequate without disturbing anyone, or being disturbed.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
I’ve always been creative but have no formal training in art and design. My background is actually in science but a twist of fate had me looking for a new direction a few years ago. A friend who knew that I loved to draw and paint suggested that I design and sell t-shirts. Straight away I went to my PC to do some searches and happened across Zazzle. I signed up and became hooked almost immediately, even though I didn’t stick to the original t-shirt idea.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
That could become a very long list indeed. I find inspiration all around me. My most recent inspiration has come from Art Deco architecture or sitting with a blank piece of paper and doodling aimlessly.
When do you feel your most creative? Your least?
I’m sure that a lot of designers will say the same thing…as soon as I lay my head on the pillow at night my mind is flooded with ideas. I do keep a notepad and pen beside my bed just in case I have to jot an idea down during the night! When I’m at my least creative, I try to take care of “housekeeping” or paperwork for my store.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
I really enjoy creating transparent templates for products where customers can change the background color or change the entire design. When I publish one of these products on Zazzle, I always check to make sure I have everything set correctly and, even though I designed them, I get excited trying out different background colors to see how they all look.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
I don’t necessarily want any new products, but I’d love for customers to be able to order, say, 10 table number cards and automatically have them printed with numbers 1 through 10.
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
From this store (truly_uniquely), my first sale was invitations, which isn’t a surprise because the store is mainly dedicated to invitations. My first ever sale on Zazzle was an inspirational poster.
What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?
Invitations! It’s fun to design a wedding invitation; it can be a (fun) challenge to create a complete coordinating collection of wedding stationery, but when a bride chooses one of my designs to be used for her wedding day, that’s an amazing feeling, and it happens every day.
What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
You get as much as you put in. You have to put in a lot of groundwork before you can be a successful, independent designer on Zazzle. Be committed and know from the outset that it may take several months to see any rewards for your hard work.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
I think I should save a few secrets for future interviews. ; )