I’m so lucky to be virtually surrounded by such inspirational and talented individuals, that I want to share a bit about them with you!! I’m not going to dig deep into their personal lives or reveal secrets to their craft, but I will definitely keep it simple! :)
I’d like to introduce you to my friend Tamara Garvey. She’s an illustrator making whimsical art and market buddy. We’ve been sharing a space at the Hester Street Fair this market season. So here’s a little bit about Tamara.
Tell us a bit about who you are and what Tamara Garvey Illustration is all about?
I moved to Brooklyn 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia, where I had gotten an Illustration degree from SCAD. I built up my Etsy shop and business slowly over a few years, on nights and weekends around my day job. Now I have a shop full of prints, cards, journals, and iPhones, all made from my whimsical pen-and-ink and acrylic illustrations.
Do you work on Tamara Garvey Illustration full-time / part-time? What did you do prior to / alongside Tamara Garvey Illustration?
A little over a year ago I was able to quit my full-time office job, which was thrilling! Now I work on my illustration business full-time, except for a once or twice a week part-time job…where I sell jewelry for a friend who is also running her own small business. I do lots and lots of little projects — I sell from my Etsy shop, in crafts markets, in Central Park, and to boutiques and pop-up shops. What I really want to do, going forward, is to branch out more into wholesale and licensing.
How do you stay motivated to create and run Tamara Garvey Illustration all by yourself?
I really, really love running my own business. I just think it is all so fascinating! I love every day being different, and being able to make all of the decisions, and being able to take my business in any direction I choose. It can be very overwhelming, because there is an infinite number of tasks or research to do, and I have a hard time shutting off. Also, there are a lot of ups and downs — much more so than when I used to work in a regular job. When I start to feel anxious or am in a low point, I remind myself that I’ve had these feelings before and that things have always turned around…I basically just force myself to relax and have hope!
Where does your inspiration come from?
Daydreams, feelings, looking way up or down while I walk, songs, movies, reading, and Pinterest. :)
While running your own independent business can be all consuming, what do you do in order to take care of YOU?
Taking long walks, nights of wine and food with friends, karaoke, reading in a park or by a river, Zumba, tidying up my apartment and throwing old things away, and browsing Tumblrs of ridiculous gifs.
Wild Birds print / Nutella print / Personalized Yellow Birdie print / Squid Moleskine journal
Get to know Tamara even more:
Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram
Something special for you:
Get a free note card of your choice, with every $10 spent on an Etsy purchase. Just mention in the notes at checkout that you spotted her here on the jenneng studio blog ;)
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Maker Series! Please share the handmade love in any way you can ;)
*All images via Tamara Garvey. If you are interested in being featured or know of a maker that would be a great fit, please email me at hello[at]jenneng[dot]com.