Tell us about yourself!
I currently still live in my hometown of London, although I hope to be moving to Hertfordshire very soon. Not feeling content in my previous employment, I stumbled across Zazzle after researching ways to make money online. I soon learned of a Zazzle designer called Elke Clarke, whose story inspired me to open my first Zazzle store, and I haven’t looked back since. The creative freedom, opportunities and time it has given me is priceless. It has enabled me to spend quality time cruising and exploring the world with my late mother and to live my best life!
Tell us about the space where you do your work.
The wonderful thing about working from a laptop is the ability to work from anywhere at any time. I generally work from the comfort of my own home.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
I have always been interested in art since a young age. My mother was extremely creative and loved to paint. She would encourage me and my two sisters to express ourselves through drawing, pottery, papier mache and, basically, anything else arty. After secondary school, I enrolled in an art & design course. However, during the interview, I was advised I might be better suited to a graphic design course. Here I was introduced by my tutor Neal Cotham to the wonderful world of graphic design. I continued with my education and completed my degree, graduating in 2003. This was an extremely proud moment for both me and my family!
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
My inspiration, like most people, comes from everywhere; my family, nature, my surroundings. I could be walking down the street and ‘bang,’ an idea will pop into my head. I love puns – the play on words often makes me laugh out loud. Browsing the internet is also a favorite past time of mine and fills me with inspiration and ideas.
When do you feel most creative? Your least?
I feel most creative and productive in the evenings. This is when my mind is free of everyday activities and my inner artistic abilities seem to flourish best. My least is when I first wake up. In the mornings I like to chill, relax and gather my thoughts. I am so laid back in the mornings, I might as well still be lying in bed!
What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?
My favorite products on Zazzle are invitations, with holiday and seasonal events to birthdays and weddings — the fun and versatility is endless.
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
I will never forget that feeling when I sold my first product. It was a New York, New York keychain, featuring the statue of Liberty.
What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?
I love designing paper stationery products, as there are no limits as to where your creativity can take you.
What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
For anyone who is considering becoming a Zazzle designer, I would say work hard, play harder! Just remember, the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Don’t be afraid to use the Zazzle forums; this is a great place to get advice from fellow experienced designers.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
At the beginning of this year, I was at a bit of a loss after the sudden death of my mother. I decided I needed a new focus and distraction in life, so, I encouraged my sister to open up her own store with Zazzle, which is called Smokey Oaky. It has given me the opportunity to teach and pass on my knowledge to someone else and I soon became her ‘mentor’ and gained extreme satisfaction in watching her store evolve and become successful.