Hi babes! It’s been awhile since I did a good interview post, but I’m back with one of my favorite creative ladies. Christen runs an online shop where she sells a little bit of everything. She’s an awesome designer and fellow Disney enthusiast. I hope you enjoy reading about her creative ventures!
Can you tell us a little about your different collections and any other creative ventures you might be working on at the moment?
i’m one of those people who has a million ideas and they come out in lots of different mediums. i originally started with art prints and greeting cards, expanded into jewelry, temporary tattoos, and most recently, wedding paperie. i also do a little bit of painting on the side (mostly large abstract canvas pieces).
When did you first start designing? Did you have any formal training or professional experience, or did you just start designing for fun?
i guess i’ve always loved art.. i took as many classes in high school as i possibly could. in college, i was having to take so many core classes toward my degree (secondary education + english at the time) that i didn’t have any room for art electives. i remember so very clearly the day that i had one of those lightbulb moments – why wasn’t i majoring in art since i loved it so much? i immediately changed my major to art business with a concentration in graphic design and i’ve never looked back. i credit a lot of my training to those last two years of college, but as any artist knows, there’s no replacement for just sitting down, playing around a little bit, and learning things on your own.
When did you decide to start selling? Do you remember your first sale?
i started my business in january of 2009.. i think it took a few days to get my first sale, but i remember literally screaming and dancing around when it happened. it was a $2.50 card – with a “thank you” design that i honestly can’t even look at without cringing now. it’s incredible to look back at those first designs and see how much i’ve grown in the past 6 years. each sale is still so exciting, and i’m humbled every time somebody spends a little bit of their hard-earned money to purchase something that i’ve created.
How has your business evolved over the years? Do you have a favorite thing you’ve created or worked on?
i’ve been calling 2014 my “year of yes”, which definitely includes taking my business from “just a hobby” to something i can make a living off of. and not just the starving artist kind of living, if you know what i mean. i was super nervous to take that plunge into the wedding world, but now i can’t believe i didn’t do it sooner. i’ve had the privilege of working on some wedding invitations for some of my closest friends, which has been incredibly rewarding as well as a great way to get my name out there to a huge network of family and friends who wouldn’t have known about me otherwise.
Do you have any other fun or creative hobbies aside from what you do for your businesses?
honestly, my business is what i love to do, so it never feels like work! i’m a huge disney nut, so i take as many trips down to orlando as i possibly can. i’m just gonna go ahead and admit that i’ve already been three times this year and i’m currently planning a fourth. are there support groups for this?
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
annie always asks the tough questions, doesn’t she? seriously, how am i supposed to pick just one? honestly, i think i’d have to stick with vanilla.. but can i add a little bit of caramel? is that allowed? okay, thanks.
Thank you, Christen, for being part of this feature! I have some really great interviews lined up for the next few weeks, but I could always use more If you’re a creative babe and would like to be interviewed for an upcoming post, please email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com. And check out Christen’s website and social media accounts below.
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