Just cards for now. I made some tags for a Christmas market but it was almost as much work as the cards for less money. Some ideas: bigger cards, maybe with frames included; smaller cards (redesigned; not complicated like the tags); postcards. Possibly jewelry, with my beading friends, but boy, is there a LOT of jewelry out there.
12. What makes you unique?
Well, I’m not trying to reinvent stationery, but I am trying to offer something for those few people out there who appreciate the written word. I’m less cutesy and more artsy than a lot of the things I see on Etsy and at the cardmaking supply shop. I do have some skills left over from my architectural career, including fabulous penmanship and a steady hand with the Xacto knife.
13. What hobbies or interests do you have?
The main thing is the two ridiculous Labradoodles, Henry and Baxter, with whom I spend many hours each day. (Maybe I should do some dog-related cards? Or is that too cutesy?) I do yoga a lot (yoga cards??) and take piano lessons (and would like to include some chopped-up music in the collages). Doesn’t everybody love gardening and cooking? And of course, living in Colorado, I’m obliged to love the outdoors–hiking especially.
|I find Baxter completely irresistible, but there’s not a good reason for this|
I believe in making the world a more beautiful place, even in tiny ways. I believe in joy. I believe in the importance of laughter. I believe in the meaning of sorrow. I believe in the value of quiet. I believe it’s important to take advantage of each day.
15. What makes you uncomfortable?
Being front and center. I’d much rather watch other people do that. A part of that is that I’m a terrible salesperson, which just isn’t a good attribute for someone who’s out there trying to sell stuff. I have to really pump myself up for that. Also, conflict. I’m a terrible arguer.
16. If money were no object, and you could do anything you wanted for “work,” would you still do what you’re doing now?
Absolutely. Luckily I have a very supportive spouse. I’m not driven by the need to earn an income.
17. What are your favorite colors?
All of them. My choices are very seasonal. Right now I’m very much in the mood for daffodil yellows.
I like looking at a lot of styles and am always amazed at some of the things people can pull off. Personally, I’m not much into frilliness; I’m much more drawn to sleek, modern styles. When I’m drawing or creating things, I sometimes try to push myself in some new direction but generally get back to a style that’s ordered, architectural.
19. What emotion(s) do people associate with you?
Maybe I’m just a superficial person, but people do generally remark on how upbeat I usually am. I’m the person people call when they want to be cheered up. On the other hand, I’m a real softie–I sometimes burst into tears at the oddest moments.
Aah. Part of what makes marketing difficult for me is that I really just don’t like to shop, so I’m not out there checking out the competition. My friend Nancy believes in the meditative value of shopping, and I agree with her but don’t ever seem to get out there to browse. I’ve been cruising around in Etsy a lot lately, just looking at things and making a couple of treasuries, which is fun. Specific companies don’t come to mind, but the ones I’m probably most jealous of are those that have a clear identity and mission. You can see that in their products. I guess that’s one of the things this exercise is all about.
21. How do you describe what you do?
Sometimes someone will glance at one of my cards and say, “Wow, where do you get that printed?” It’s all I can do to not to pull myself up to my full height, grab their lapels, give one stiff shake, and say, “WHAT!? They’re not PRINTED, you idiot; can’t you see that all those little pieces are cut and pasted and drawn???” I try to stay calm in such situations. But If someone actually asked me what I do, I’d say I gather ideas and scraps of things from the world around me and, with my own two hands, make them into a coherent picture. It’s very physical and I like that.