Selling on Etsy with Jane Bowns

 Tips and Juicy Details. Jane’s Journey Selling on Etsy.

 Selling on Etsy with Jane Bowns

 

Hi Guys! Today I’m excited to share with you the work of Jane Bowns. She’s an illustrator who is relatively new to the game and just recently launched an Etsy shop. In this interview you’ll hear how Jane got started and her tips for  setting-up an Etsy shop and promote products. 

Jane creates beautiful work…I should know, I have one of her adorable strawberry bags! Enjoy the interview!


 

Hi Jane! Please tell us a bit about your background as an artist and how you got into design.

I’m entirely self-taught, and learned to draw, screen print and sew the items I make through research, experimentation, passion and practice! I was into art while in school ( and my art teacher thought I had promise), but chose to pursue music instead. After studying music at college, I became a full-time guitar teacher. I love teaching guitar and perform locally in a band for fun.

I think drawing and painting are often linked with music in the general artistic sphere, and despite not studying art formally, I have always loved patterns, color and design. I probably inherited this from my Mum, who paints watercolors as a hobby.

As time has gone by, my interest in art, screen printing, sewing and design has increased. I taught myself how to screen print, as I love the colorful results of screen printing on fabric and cards, and just recently opened an Etsy shop to sell my wares. Continue reading “Selling on Etsy with Jane Bowns”

Life as a Freelance Designer with Michelle Parascandolo

Michelle Loves Being A Freelancer. Hear What It’s Like.

Life as a Freelance Designer with Michelle Parascandolo

 

Hi guys! Today I am excited to share with you the work of Michelle Parascandolo, a pattern designer and illustrator from New York City. I’ve followed Michelle on Instagram for a long time and love her illustrations and the colors she uses in her work. Her designs have such a wonderful boho feel. Today Michelle is going to share with us what it has been like to make a living as a freelance designer after working in-house as a graphic designer. Enjoy!


Hi Michelle! Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I’ve always carried a pocket-sized note pad and pencil around with me everywhere. I like being able to jot down notes or quickly sketching out ideas on the spot. When I began thinking about college I knew without a doubt that I wanted to go into a creative field. I was interested in a lot of different areas of art and design, but wasn’t sure what to focus on. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) offers a summer program for high school students, so I decided to enroll in classes with the hope that it would help me settle on a major. That’s where I discovered surface pattern design. I was immediately hooked! I ended up attending FIT for college and received a BFA with a major in Textile/Surface Design. Continue reading “Life as a Freelance Designer with Michelle Parascandolo”

Reconnecting to Your Creativity with Sam Pernoski

Reawakening your creative spirit. Not always easy. See how Sam did it.

Reconnecting to Your Creativity with Sam Pernoski

 

Hi Guys! Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of illustrator and pattern designer, Sam Pernoski. Many years ago Sam lost her creative spark, and walked away from art after the passing of her Mom. She just couldn’t bring herself to create. But then slowly, over time, she found a way to overcome this block and reconnect with the joy art once brought her.

This is a lovely interview and one that I think will be inspiring for all of us who have gone through a rough patch…one where we just did’t feel we had it in us to be creative.

Even though this is a bit of a heavy topic, I promise it is a sweet and inspiring interview. Enjoy!


 

Hi Sam! Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I’ve been a creative type ever since I can remember. As a child I drew, colored and glued whatever I could get my hands on. 

It wasn’t until I reached my mid 20’s that I began to create with a bit more purpose. I spent a lot of time working on paintings that I sold online. I also sold bits of jewelry and smaller paintings at a local gallery gift shop. Continue reading “Reconnecting to Your Creativity with Sam Pernoski”

Taking on Side Projects while Working Full-Time with Anne Passchier

Work. Side Projects. Life. See how Anne juggles it all.

Taking on Side Projects while Working Full-Time with Anne Passchier

 

Today I’m excited to share with you the work of Anne Passchier, a surface pattern designer who lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Anne is a gift wrap designer by day and a freelance children’s book illustrator by night. In this interview, they share with us what it has been like juggling a day job with multiple side projects and offer advice to folks who are in the same position.

I hope you enjoy this interview…I know you will love seeing Anne’s whimsical illustrations!


 

Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I grew up around my mom and grandma constantly quilting and crafting, and the house was always full of the coolest and most colorful fabrics. I found out rather quickly that I was no good at sewing, and instead I took up drawing at a young age.

In art school I discovered the world of surface design, where I could combine my passion for art, color and pattern all into one. I liked the possibility of designing not just fabric but a wide variety of patterned products!  Continue reading “Taking on Side Projects while Working Full-Time with Anne Passchier”

Why Mood Boards Matter with Elles Rodenburg

 Elles is over the moon for mood boards. Learn why.

 Why Mood Boards Matter with Elles Rodenburg

 

Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of Elles Rodenburg. She is a Dutch pattern designer who creates beautifully romantic floral patterns, all of which explode with detail and depth.

Elles lives in Delft, a picturesque city in the Netherlands famous for the Delft Blue porcelain. Her design studio, where she creates her patterns, is also based in this city of blue.

When I spoke with Elles she talked about how important mood boards are to her creative process, and how they have helped her establish a signature style. I can’t wait for you to read what she has to say…and to see her breathtaking mood boards. I have a feeling you’ll become a fan of mood boards too!


 

Hi Elles! Can you tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design?

My background is in graphic design, and in 2009 I started my own business. I did graphic design and styling for a while, but quickly landed on photography as my main source of income. I really loved it, and had beautiful photography assignments. I took portraits, shot weddings and did lifestyle photography.

Eventually I discovered surface pattern design and started developing my skills in it at the same time I was working on my photography business. But then after my first daughter was born I discovered that I didn’t have enough time to devote to both photography and surface pattern design. I realized that I had to make a choice. I could stay in photography or choose a new path as a surface pattern designer. I decided to follow my heart. I decided to embrace my entrepreneurial spirit and build my dream. Continue reading “Why Mood Boards Matter with Elles Rodenburg”