Friday, May 29, 2009
Name~ Tamara Garvey
General Location~ Savannah, Georgia
Shop Name~ Inky Illustrations http://www.tamaragarvey.etsy.com/
How long have you been creating and what do you create?~
started doing abstract painting in my spare time a few years ago, on nights and weekends, but it was baaad. It wasn't until I moved from Washington, DC to Savannah to get an illustration degree that I really figured out the style and subject that I like to draw. Now I draw all the time! I draw, and I turn my work into prints, ACEOs, note card sets, and other fun papery things.
Workspace~ Tell us a little about where you create~
Well, I have taken over our second bedroom AND my fiancee's awesome MacBook! Haha. He has been really nice about this. I have a big green desk and a comfy office chair for when I do my sketching, drawing, scanning, and order assembling, but then usually when I just have computer stuff to do I hang out on the living room couch. I like background noise while I work, which is how my insane love for South Park evolved; I can have it on and not be tempted to look up from what I'm doing, because just listening to it is entertainment enough.
Any advice you would like to share with people wanting to start up a business?~
I am a big research nerd, so I would advise definitely using the Intenet to your advantage. You can find answers and options for ANYTHING you need to know, and there's a lot to take in, especially at the beginning! I get a little overwhelmed by the business and marketing part of it at times, so I have to remember that I can expand my business exactly at the pace I choose; I don't have to be in competition with anyone else. I think keeping that in the back of my mind helps keep it all manageable.
Any Fun Facts about you?~
Fun fact time! Okay. Well, I lived in London for almost a year when I was 22, which was unbelievably awesome. I can run and click my heels together like people do in old-fashioned musicals, but I can't really whistle or snap my fingers (sad!). I have cute small hands and feet but CANNOT stop biting my nails. I have become kind of a homebody as I've gotten older, but once somebody drags me out of the house I love a good night of dancing.
Thanks so much for the wonderful interview Tamara! Wishing you much success in all you do! THanks for being such a big part of Unique Women in Business!