I have a wonderful Easter present for you all today! Set aside some time to get lost in the unique and beautiful world of Claire Cimbora, the artist behind Schmooks. Her creative collages + quirky illustrations & art jewelry are dreamy and fantastical, like windows into a child’s dreamland. I first came across her work when a co-worker showed me Claire’s Etsy site and I quickly bookmarked it as one to visit again and again. So I was really pleased when Claire wrote me about featuring her lovelies + offering our readers a giveaway. I of course slipped an interview into her busy schedule because I love getting to know the creative mind behind the art. Read on to the end of the interview for a chance to win a $50 Schmooks gift certificate. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us Claire!
Hi Claire! I am so excited to introduce you & your handmade goodness to Oh My, please tell us a bit about yourself & your work:
Sweet innocence. Playful curiosity. Inquisitive charm. A touch of mischief and light-hearted fun. Enchanting scenarios and endless adventures.
My name is Claire Cimbora and I am a designer and illustrator. I live in chilly Canberra, Australia and have a little brand called Schmooks. We opened online in 2009 selling art prints and have since expanded into an exclusive range of paper goods through publishing House Lalaland. Schmooks has a lush line of handmade jewellery which can be found in select boutique and art stores. Our most recent work has been teaming up with The Wall Sticker Company to produce Childrens wallstickers.
What is a normal work day for you? Do you work full time as an artist/small business owner?
A normal day for me begins with my 3 year old son Luke waking me up at 6am, then breakfast and usually a walk. I have two little children who keep me very busy and I try to work my business around family life which can be tricky at times. Most days include trips to the post office for customer or retail orders and around an hour a day is spent answering and sending emails. I work from home in my studio which is where all the creative magic happens and usually late at night with when I feel most relaxed and energized.
You have a very unique style that I really love, what inspires you most as an artist?
A lot of my inspiration comes from my two little children, they have a wonderful innocence and inquisitive charm. Their imaginations are inspiring and I draw on their world of make believe to fuel my work. The happy memories from my own childhood also have a strong influence on my work, as does my love of fabrics and textures.
Were having a small business Spring Cleaning theme this month on OMHG-do you have any tips & tricks for keeping yourself/your time organized?
A clean working space is the key in keeping Schmooks running smoothly. I do a major two hour tidy in my studio once a week (trust me it needs it!). I am big on boxes and I store everything in recycled cardboard boxes. They don’t look very glamorous however they are great to scribble on and label. For me lists are the most productive way to get through seemingly unending mountains of work and I like using whiteboards to give me a clear visual direction.
How to enter *This giveaway is open internationally*
Visit Schmooks on Etsy and let us know what your favorite items are by commenting below
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This giveaway closes next Sunday, May 1st at midnight EST with the winner announced Monday, May 2nd at the bottom of this post.
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This giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you all for entering & congratulations to Amber with comment #25. I am only a little bit super jealous; )