Corra cuts her whimsical designs into hand-carved stamps just for you! Check out her awesome work, and read this little interview with her while you’re at it!
The Mayberry Sparrow
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m an illustrator/designer living in Hamilton Ontario, Canada. I’m also the mother of two little guys. Between them, wholesaling, and etsy, i’m busy!
What are your main inspirations?
So many things. Antique patterns, vintage children’s illustrations, the foxfire books, nature, my garden especially, the list goes on.
Sometimes all it takes is just seeing two colors together that aren’t normally paired. Color combinations are like candy to me.
Sometimes it’s the scenery of a movie, or the setting. Even songs. I seem to find inspiration even when i’m not looking for it. Inspiration can be overwhelming when you’re already swamped! I have to usually jot down ideas, and save them for later.
What is your favorite material?
This is tough. While I obviously love linoleum, I also am a huge fabric pack rat. And Paper too! Anything with a unique design.
When it comes down to it though, i just couldn’t live without paper and ink. If I have my sketchbook, i’m home.
What new technique or craft has caught your eye lately?
Want to try anything new? I’d love to try using a letterpress in the near future. I drool over all the letterpress designs I see all the time on etsy.
Needle felting has definitely caught my eye as well. I’ve made a few things and i’ve enjoyed it quite a bit.
What new item in your shop are you excited about?
Even though I haven’t actually sold any yet, the yoyos. It was such a refreshing change to be making something totally different for a day. I also like actually using my stamps to make prints, instead of just selling the stamps themselves.
Same with the pill boxes…which seem to be a slightly bigger hit than the yoyos. I’m sold out of those already. Go figure.
What advice do you have for indie business owners/designers?
Be true to yourself. While certain things might be popular, if you don’t enjoy creating those things, don’t! If you love what you create, it will show through your creations.
Don’t dwell on people selling similar items. There will always be more than one person with the same idea. Its unavoidable. Trends do happen, and everyone wants a piece of it.
Pay no attention to what everybody else is doing, just pour all your love and devotion into your own work.
I totally agree! Thanks for the interview!