Personaly I like to hang some colorful decoration on the wall, like post card, fabic or banner like TastefullyMismatched, it's great for party. holiday or some special occation! I love the color of TastefullyMismatched made it, it's just bright and cheerful. Why won't you want one?
So we invite TastefullyMismatched share her handmade life with us, I hope you will be enjoy and get inspire!
Q: Would you share with us how you started to create your art work?
The story behind my banners started rather simply- I needed a quick banner for a birthday party for my boyfriend and didn't have time to purchase one on Etsy and have it delivered! So I looked in my trusty craft cabinet and saw that I had some rayon felt that I had in some awesome blues and oranges. I came up with the idea of the stencils that night and then my initial design, making a personalized banner with just a touch of wonder. What I love most about my banners is you can say anything with them- inspirational messages, party chants, you name it!
Q: What's story behind your brand?
I try to keep things as colorful and playful as possible- I have to or else I get burned out! Tastefully Mismatched's story is that of a one-woman crafter and maker who decided to take home decor to the next level with felt banners. You can hang with your other artwork or pull out a banner on a special occasion, the options are endless.
Q: Do you want to share your work place?
My craft room is a mess when I am in the middle of a project or order, but my workshop is where it all comes together.
Q: What is your working schedule like?
I freelance and do multiple jobs- I am a writer and also a maker, which forces me to split my brain into two at times but it makes for a rather interesting work week! My best banner times come in the afternoon when the light outside is the best to see for cutting letters and assembling them and in the evening when I get the most time to set aside for making banners. My creative breakthroughs usually come when I have a break between big orders and I want to see something new in my shop-like my fast food banners!
Q: Which type of material do you like to use the most and why?
I use a blended felt with rayon for most of my banners, and thick hemp twine for the string.
Q: Which piece is your favorite or sells the best?
It all started with my Hello Friends banners, which made it to Etsy's front page last year! I'm still very excited about that. But lately the best seller is my Haters Gonna Hate banner, which is interesting, too!
Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
From words, from emotions, from quotes and colorful parties! Anything can be an inspiration.
Q: Do you remember when you sold your first item and how you felt?
I have been a "maker" for some time but banners is where making really got fun. I don't remember the first one I sold but I do remember when they started to become more popular and how fun it was to see what customers wanted, custom banners or otherwise.
Q: What's the hardest part of your design career?
Self-motivation! I have a million To-Do lists around the house and they never end! I am a master organizer but my brain can only handle so much information and stimulation in one day. I have to put some restrictions on my work life because it would really take over if I let it! Balance is the key here.
Q: Which part of working do you enjoy the most?
The best part is when you design and create something that sells fast- like my Give Thanks banners I made a few Thanksgivings ago. I made a couple and 3 sold that day! I love it when I seem to figure out what the world wants to see in my store.
Q: What it your next project?
I'm sticking with banners for a while, but I am branching out into other areas of art, like graphic design. I've always played around on Photoshop but I want to take it to the next level to create my own fabrics and designs.
Q: What kind of books do you like to read, and what kind of music do you like?
I read a lot of non-fiction, How-To books and the like. Books from Beci Orpin or great sewing books like Sew It All. I get a lot of inspiration and great reading online and in magazines like Frankie Magazine and Oh Comely. Music-wise, I stick to mid-90s rock like Belle and Sebastian and 60s music like David Bowie and Bob Dylan.
Q: If you were not a designer, what do you think you would be?
I would be a writer! I am a writer, it's always something I will do without really thinking or considering, but I would love to be paid more to travel and to write. I used to want to be a magazine writer/editor until the entire publishing market folded a few years back, but I would love to work in editorial at some point.
Q:. If young people want to follow the same path as you, what would you suggest?
Find a skill you are good at, practice A LOT, find a mentor you trust and learn as much as possible, intern with amazing makers to find out what you can do with your hands, never stop learning about your passion, chip away at it a little bit a day and before you know it you can be a master in your field!
Q: Is there anything you want to share with us?
Being a creative person is both a blessing and a curse at times. I like the days I wake up knowing it's a blessing to be able to see the potential in something, it makes for an energizing morning.
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