This month we’re featuring Becky Nimoy, a wonderful designer of all things paper! With a background in art history and interior design, you’ll see how her work is practical for both adults and kids to use, but at the same time beautiful and classic in its structure.
Tell us about yourself!
I was born in Southern California and grew up in the close-knit community of Rolling Hills Estates, a rural horse community in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. I spent a lot of time outdoors, running on the horse trails and playing with our neighborhood kids in the cul-de-sac. I met my husband in high school and we’ve been together ever since. We now live in the Los Angeles port town of San Pedro with two young boys and two cats in a 100-year-old bungalow. We love to walk to the marina and admire the boats, along with the occasional sea lion and egret. When I do have free time when my youngest is in preschool, I love to garden, read fantasy novels and bake cookies and bread.
Tell us about the space where you do your design work.
Being that I’m a full-time mom and work from home in a tiny house, my workspace is simply a desk in our living room with my computer. It’s usually overrun with children’s toys and craft projects; however, within the last year I invested in an iPad and it has allowed me to get back to drawing. I can draw anywhere, whether it’s the couch or a coffee shop! It also means my boys aren’t constantly trying to take over my paper and art supplies because they don’t always know that I’m drawing. I’ve also been able to give up my scanner now that I don’t have physical paper to hang on to.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. One of my fondest creative memories is taking a golf umbrella outside to our back porch on the rare occasions that it rained in SoCal and drawing under it, listening to the pitter patter of the raindrops. In addition to drawing, I’ve always loved photography, mostly macro and landscapes. In high school, my husband introduced me to Photoshop and Illustrator which I’ve built on over the last 18 years. My academic background in art started at UCLA in the art department for drawing and painting; however, feeling I needed a more structured learning environment, I transferred to Letters and Sciences, earning a BS in Art History. Following undergrad, I entered a 3-year professional certificate program in Interior Design from UCLA Ext, which led me into a freelance career of drafting, both manually and digitally, creating space plans, 3-D renderings and construction documents for contractors. This attention to detail helped bring me to where I am today as a stationery designer. My first taste of stationery design was for my own wedding in 2009. I was hooked once I stumbled upon sites like Zazzle and Minted that gave me the flexibility and freedom that most artists crave. I’m striving daily to improve my typography skills and merge my art background with my love of great design.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I draw my inspiration from my town, the water, Cliffside Park, as well as my art history background and my family, my boys and cats. Being a parent and wife has driven a lot of my designs in the last few years to create things that parents and kids can appreciate and actually use.
When do you feel most creative?
I feel my most creative in the early morning hours when everyone else is asleep and I can sit down quietly somewhere with a cup of hot chocolate. For me this is usually between 4 and 5 am, as my kids are up by 5:30, at the latest! I feel my least creative when my two boys are home; they are constant noisemakers, as most parents can understand…stomping around our tiny house screaming or injuring themselves.
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
My favorite products to design on Zazzle are paper products, especially invitations.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
Varying colored mugs where the outside color is inherent to the mug, not printed with a white margin.
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
A blue bridal shower invitation; I made $5.70 on the sale 🙂
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Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
Stick with it even when it seems like no one is finding your designs. Also, think about the customer’s experience when designing templates, make them user-friendly. Design things you would want to buy.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
I’m so grateful to have found Zazzle; it gives me the freedom to be a full-time mom to two young boys under age 5, and work from home as little or as much as I have time for, which can vary day to day.