Welcome lovelies! This month's special event on the blog is an interview with Designer in the Spotlight for November the amazingly talented Zinia Amoiridou. Grab your drink and sit back while we get to know this artist better! Zinia designed the Tales & Dreams collection for our friends at the Pretty Little Studios company and we fell in love with it at first sight. We have had so many compliments on the November kits- Cornucopia because of the gorgeous rich colors and patterns like bold painterly florals. We hope you enjoy this feature today!
DIS=Designer in the Spotlight: Zinia Amoiridou
CK: First of all, please share the places our readers and fans can find you on the web and social media! (URL/Links please!)
DIS: First of all I have my blog abstractinspiraiton.com which basically where people can find everything about my work including my collections and classes. I’m also active in many social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
About your process…
CK: Clique Kits is obviously in love with your latest collection. Can you tell us a little about your inspiration for this collection and your creative process?
DIS: Each collection is different but in many cases, I like to start with a color palette. Choosing a few main colors and then generating some shades in between to work as complimentary accents. Once I have a draft for my colors I try to build a theme around them. I prefer to keep my collections as versatile as possible and easy to use for multiple occasions. That is why I try to stay away from very specific topics like holidays and seasonal trends.
I like to sketch most of my elements traditionally and then scan them to turn them into a digital form.
CK: What are your ideal surroundings when you are designing?
Location: My craft room
Listening to: When I’m trying to decide on the main idea/palette I prefer silence so I don’t have any distractions. During the designing process, I often put my Owl City playlist on.
Snacking on: Nothing. Although I really love food in general I don’t often snack especially while I’m working.
tools within arm’s reach: When I work with traditionally media I always keep a variety of black sketch pens around. I also have a few different watercolor palettes since they are my favorite medium to work with. When I move to the digital part I often like to use my Wacom tablet.
People/things nearby: My dog, Irma, always stays by my side even when I’m working.
Other: I prefer working during daylight cause the colors and designs look clearer and closer to the finished product.
CK: What is the hardest part of the work of designing for you?
DIS: I generally love what I do and enjoy every part of the process. I’d say the only hard part is time management. A collection just like a painting is a process that doesn’t have a clear ending point so I always have the feeling that I can add more things or improve the current designs.
CK: Do you have a “go to” color palette?
DIS: Yes and no. I have a specific logic I use for all my color palettes. I want to have shades from all the colors families. I always need to have some sort of pink, blue and yellow. Also for the main colors in my collections I chose mostly bright shades.
About your history…
CK: What was your earliest success as an artist?
DIS: Well as an artist in general some of my very first success memories are when my art teacher picked one of my painting for a small contest. I didn’t really win or anything but I felt so proud just for getting picked. Also shortly after that, my cousin and I designed the costumes for our school play and we actually won the best costumes award in my city.
CK: How did you start as a paper-crafter and designer?
DIS: I discovered the craft world in early 2014 when I accidentally stumbled across some planner setup videos on YouTube. I’ve always been a creative person keeping colorful notes with pens and stickers so when I saw that other people shared my love for stationery and paper products it felt like I finally found my tribe. I made an Instagram account and started sharing a few photos from my planner too and before I knew it I landed my first design team with Studio L2e. I can’t even express how grateful I am to Kanani (the owner) for seeing the potential in me and trusting a newbie with 60 followers to be part of her team.
Through my whole crafty journey I’ve always been a go-getter chasing opportunities and trying to find my place in the industry. Of course I’ve always dreamed about having my own collection but I didn’t really imagine it would really happen. I was over the moon when Melissa told me she liked my designs and would have me as a collection designer in Pretty Little studio.
CK: What was your very first favorite company in the industry?
That’s a hard one. In my early steps I had a hard time finding supplies so I was just working with whatever was available but I always had a huge crush on anything from Pink Paislee, Crate Paper and American Crafts.
About you currently…
CK: What have you been doing lately?
Watching on TV: Castle
Buying: Stamp sets and cardmaking supplies
Visiting: My parents cause I’ve been sick in bed for a few weeks and needed someone to take care of me :P
Using in artwork: Distress Oxides. It’s my new favorite product for every type of project.
Wishing for: Shorter overseas delivery time.
CK: Something that most people do not know about you…
DIS: As I kid, I hated and didn’t eat any fruits and vegetables. I managed to overcome my veggie issues after high school but I still struggle with fruts.
About your future…
CK: Can you share or hint about what is in store for you next as a designer?
DIS: I’m continuing as a designer with Pretty Little Studio and I’ll have at least 2 collections coming up next year.
CK: Other things on your bucket list?
DIS: I want to continue and do even more designing and teaching classes. I really hope to one day manage to attend CHA/Creativation and get more and more involved in the industry. Another thing I’ve always dreamed of is to be a signature designer and curate some art supplies.
Thanks so much for allowing The Clique to get to know you better!