& Other Animals: Britt of Bright Eyed Birdie

Continuing my & Other Animals series, in which I ask some wonderful creatives (and some creative-wonderfuls) a few questions.

This week, the beautiful Britt from right here in Austin, whom I first met at one of the Handmade & Vintage fairs that I ran a couple of years ago.

1. What do you do?

I design and print paper goods. Mostly cards, invitations, notebooks and stationery.

2. How do you fit it all in?

I have a one year old so most of my work is done at nap time and bedtime. There have been many many late nights slaving away over my computer and paper slicer.

3. A good day at the office:

Creating something magnificent that I am super proud of then discovering that others love it too. That is what keeps me jazzed up and going!
 

4. Inspiration:

I love finding old images from children’s books or really bizarre circus portraits. These quirky images inspire a lot of my designs.

I have one very old image of a bear chained to a tree with children dancing around him. I haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate this strange piece into my work yet. Any thoughts?

5. Best move so far?

I started off doing jewelry and journals. It turns out, jewelry, as lovely as it is, is not my specialty. Switching to paper, which is my one true craft love, was my best move. Paper makes me very happy.

6. Biggest regret?

Making jewelry. It felt forced and stressful when I was doing it. It was like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders when I decided to never make a necklace again. Okay, maybe not ever but I will probably never sell another necklace again.

7. Wise words for a whipper-snapper version of you:

You may not find your niche right away, but when you do, you will know and it will be great! Don’t compare yourself to everyone out there. If you remain true to your art and unique, that is what will draw people to your work.

8. Where can we find you?

www.brighteyedbirdie.com
www.brighteyedbirdie.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/brighteyedbirdie

How to contact me:
britt@brighteyedbirdie.com

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