Interview With Red Tile Studio

Just who is the person behind this beautiful shop full of life and inspiration? I had the privilege of
finding that out in this interview.
Join me in getting to better know Amber and the work she and her mother do at Red Tile Studio on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family-

I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband Juan Pablo and our 3 chihuahua's (which are like our kids :)

What do you make?-

Together with my mother, we create nature inspired paintings and prints.

When and why did you start creating?-

I've always been creative but have only been to express it through interior design. I've always
helped design rooms for my friends and family. It was always something that I was passionate about.
Last year, the corporation I worked for went bankrupt and I was already looking for a career change
so that is how the opportunity for Etsy first started.
My mother had been painting for me and my friends for years and I thought it would be
something we could work on together.
My original inspiration had been in my head for years. I call it our Texas 12 series.
I essentially wanted to create small pieces of art that reflected my favorite areas of Texas.
I love it and have our original sample set on my kitchen wall.

Do you have any inspirations, or someone you find especially inspiring to you?-

Nature. I get really inspired just going out in my garden and looking at leaves and flowers.
I really love pattern and mid century design so that is why I came up with our geometric series.
This is definitely something I would like to expand on in the shop.

Tell us about your creative process.-

I begin by checking emails, convo's,( aka the boring stuff).
If we have any orders to ship, I like to get those done as early in the day as possible.
I usually do some blog surfing for interior design sites and handmade sites.
That usually gets me motivated.
When we are creating a new series, we usually take about a week or so narrowing down specific subjects and color palettes.
My mother does all the painting and I do all the print design.
It ends up working out great for both of us.

What are some things you have done you think helped your business the most?-

Joining a team on Etsy.
I would recommend it to anyone just starting on Etsy.
I still consider us Newbies, but we have learned a lot in the last 3 months.
By joining a team we were able to network and meet wonderful people.
Although I have never met any of them, I look forward to hearing and interacting with them everyday.
They have great advice and are so supportive.
I really think I would have already given up if I didn't have my team members.
I would just be lost.

Do you have a favorite piece you created?-

I am really proud of our LOVE series.
I designed 3 of the 4 prints and since I am new at graphic design, I have to admit I was
proud to see the finished product. My favorite in the series is called Make a Nest Together.
It includes our mockingbirds and it turned out just how I had imagined it.

Do you attend art and craft fairs/shows often?-

Since we just started, we have only attended one craft fair.
It was the Dallas Flea and was a great 1st show.
I wanted to do a show as soon as we could, just so we could see and talk to people about our art.
Overall it was a very positive experience and I look forward to upcoming craft fairs this Spring.

If you where to offer a newbie one piece of advice, what would it be?-

Do what you love.
It's pretty hard to create something that you are not passionate about, so if you
don't love it ,don't do it.
If you love it more than likely other people will love it, too.

Favorite vacation spot?-

Rosemary Beach, Florida.
It's where we go for our family vacations and it's absolutely beautiful.
I always feel relaxed and inspired after a trip there.

Thank you for sharing with us Amber! Your shop is gorgeous and I'm so happy to share it with my readers!

You can visit Amber and her mother's shop, Red Tile Studio online.

You can also find them on Twitter: Red Tile Studio on Twitter,
And Facebook: Red Tile Studio on Facebook.

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1 comment:

redtilestudio said...

Johanna- Thanks so much for your support and interest in our shop. The interview was so much fun. Thanks again!