I had found her Phys ed Make Me Cry Stickers and just loved them so I had to ask Lisa if I could interview her for all of her work intrigues me! Please read the interview and take a look at her beautiful work!
Your Shop Name: nowvember
Shop Address: http://nowvember.etsy.com/
Can you tell me abit about yourself?
I was born and raised in the Great American Midwest. My boyfriend Eric and I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005, and I'm still shocked by the exorbitant corn prices and the total absence of fat people out here, but otherwise I really love it.
I am 27 awesome years old. I have a very fancy bachelors degree and a deeply unsatisfying coffee shop job.
I play a mean game of Dr. Mario, drink like a fish, and will make you the best sandwich you’ve ever had.
What are your favourite materials to work with?
Paper, glue, scissors, thread, old books, spray paint. I prefer processes that feel really intuitive and hands-on. I am incredibly low-tech, although I am thinking about getting a sewing machine one of these days. I will cut up anything. Hide your encyclopedias and your sweaters.
Did Phys'ed really make you cry?! I just love those stickers!
So many times. Phys Ed was an endless series of humiliations for me. I’d like to give some anecdotes, but I fear that this could devolve into a therapy session pretty quickly. I was the girl who ran the thirteen minute mile. I had a complex system for changing clothes in the locker room without actually being naked. I’ve never done a single successful pull-up. It was just awful.
Do you have any words of business wisdom or advice for other indie artists?
Oh wow, I have no idea what I’m doing.
Umm, the main thing I would say is that just because you’re selling your work doesn’t mean you have to make stuff with “mass appeal.”. It seems like a lot of people water themselves down because they’re worried about scaring off hypothetical customers if they’re too political, too vulgar, don’t paint enough kittens, fail to switch to an Autumn palette after Labor Day, or whatever. You’re not a fast food chain. You don’t need to do market research. Just make what you love and someone else will love it too.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
In Second Grade I used to teach the other little girls how to draw horses for 25 cents. I like to think it was an early sign of my artistic and entrepreneurial spirit. It was quite the little racket I had going. And then I blew all my earnings on Nutty Bars. Not so different from my adult life.