What artists inspired you as you started developing Gingiber? When I first started Gingiber, Etsy was still young, so I looked to other Etsy Artists for inspiration. I found the success of Artists like Ashley Goldberg and Emily Martin (Black Apple) encouraging, and I knew that if I could just find my own niche, I would give it my all.
Did you study illustration in school? How did your style develop?
I did not study illustration, exactly. However, I do have a design arts degree from Drury University, and I took as many Printmaking courses and Graphic Design courses as I could. I loved being in the studio. I have known from a young age that I wanted to be an artist. My style for Gingiber, though, has developed and evolved over the past 7 years. I was more "doodling" than my serious drawings of college years. However, I feel as though my style is consistent now, where I play with pattern, creatures, and texture to create the animal-centric feel of a Gingiber illustration.What's in your toolbox? Do you use traditional or digital illustration methods?
I always start with paper and pen. Any paper will do. I like to draw with Muji gel pens. I just like how they flow! Then, I scan my images and take them into photoshop to clean them up. I digitally color in illustrator.
What's your most popular print?
The most popular print is my Black Sheep Print
! That is probably my most recognizable art print.
What's the hardest part about owning your own business?
The hardest part of owning my own business is trying to keep the financials in line. Every year different revenue sources fluctuate depending on trends, opportunities, etc. I am always looking around with my eyes wide open to find my next collaboration or chance at trying something new!
What advice would you give to artists looking to start their own business?
If you don't mind working crazy long hours, but love the idea of being your own boss and have that intrinsic motivation to just go for it, then start your business and see how far you can take it! Surround yourself with people who encourage you. And drink lots of coffee.
What's next for Gingiber?
We just released a line of fabric with Moda Fabrics
called "Thicket"! We also just announced that our first coloring book titled Together is available for pre-order on Amazon
with our publisher Paige Tate and Co
! Next, I want to write children's books.
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