Who are you ?
Carol Clarke, I’m a self employed Artist & Designer, wife, mum of 3 & grandma of 6!
Where are you ?
I live and work in a village in Nottinghamshire. My commute is horrendous … I roll out of bed, stagger down the stairs …. and settle down with my laptop …. absolutely awful I know …. but I mostly manage to get to work on time every day! lol
When did you first start drawing/designing seriously?
It was around 2006 when I first offered designs for sale but I had been cardmaking for a long while but couldn’t find any designs I liked so I had been drawing my own for a long while …. other cardmakers saw them and wanted to know where to buy them so around 2006 I started putting them on CDs to sell …. and it blossomed from there!!
What was the first product you ever had for sale?
My earliest products were listed on eBay and those listings are long gone …. but this is the 1st item I offered for sale on Craftsuprint in 2009
My Grandma said ‘Never mind the dust it will still be there when the children have grown up’ She was so right!!
What’s your guilty pleasure ?
chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
What is your favorite piece in the whole store?
“Old Man Ken on the Beach” reminds me of my Dad who will be 90 this year and he always wore a string vest and rolled his trousers up on the beach when I was a child.
How many people work with/for you?
Me, me and only me …. unless you count my hubby who keeps me well supplied with coffee throughout the day! lol
What job did you have BEFORE you started drawing/designing for a living?
I was a doctor’s receptionist and secretary
What’s your favorite color?
Pink …. and I love it even more if it’s got polka dots on it!
What was your favorite subject in school…?
I loved art but I had to give it up in the 3rd year as my parents thought needlework would be a better O Level to take. They were right in that I not only got an A in Needlework but I went on to make my children’s clothes on an old Singer Treadle sewing machine (and knitted/crocheted all their woollies too) which saed me lots of money when they were small. but it’s ironic that I went on to make my living from Art! I did go back to school and Art College as an Adult returner once my children were older and took 3 GCSE’s and an A level in Art …. getting A’s in all of those too!
When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?
Oh YES …. unfortunately for anyone who is listening!
What is your most popular item in the store/shop?
This Carousel card has been very popular with customers
What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?
My sticky tape putter onner thingy (otherwise known as an ATG!)
When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?
Chocolate, love the stuff …. and I’m sure midnight calories don’t count … they don’t … do they???!!
How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?
It varies from but My On the Shelf Cards was the longest at over a year to get from my head to fruition. They normally start with an idea or question …. like … Is it possible? I wonder if I can? How can I do that? Will this work? etc
When you are working, what is the view from your window like
Looking over the decking and the garden to the fields at the bottom of the garden and then the Derbyshire hills in the distance … we get cows trimming any plants that dare to grow too high! lol
Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?
What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?
I love Christmas … I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren and it’s a magical time of year especially when viewed though the eyes of a child,
Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?
oOOooooo disgracefully … of course!!
Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise
3D on the Shelf Card Kit – Little Rambler Lady Martine
Would you go cave diving with sharks?
No No NO!!
What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?
I love to walk. I am lucky to have lovely countryside on my doorstep and I walk a minimum of 2 miles every day. I call it my green stress buster!
Which drawing/product are you the most proud of in your collection?
It has to be my Original concept On the Shelf cards I have now drawn and uploaded nearly 1900 of them …. And my favourite is always my newest one and today that is a little Irish Dancer. but I also love my older ones like Santa and the fun ones too
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