Have you ever wanted to take your crafting to the next level: selling your ideas and products? Australian-born creator of Ingingerness, Donna Strachan has done exactly that. She combines a new business designing and selling cool printed products based around a family of ginger animals along with the demands of being a full-time parent.
Ingingerness: a wee mob of ginger animals, standing together
I caught up with her to find out where she gets her inspiration from, and what her plans are to grow the business.
You can look at Donna's brilliant designs on her Etsy shop: Ingingerness or join in the fun on her Facebook page: Ingingerness Community. She often runs competitions on her Facebook page, inviting the community to participate e.g. by naming on of her latest creations.
1. Tell us a bit about your background - what led you to what you do today?
As you may have guessed from the title of my work, I'm ginger, born in the scorching heat of North Queensland, Australia. Not the best environment for a red head! I moved to Tasmania, then Melbourne, and spent a year in Japan before making my way to the city that has the biggest population of gingers in the world....Edinburgh. Now I'm sure you are aware of the teasing you can recieve as a ginger child. How much you get often depends on your confidence and self esteem. I'm determine that my ginger son and the next generation of red head kids will stand strong and be proud of their roots (pardon the pun). And that is a big incentive behind the little ginger animals I've created.
2. Tell us about the beginnings of your business.
This is the beginning...trying to fit in website development, marketing, PR, printing, art markets and exhibitions around childcare and a part time job is no easy task I tell you! But I love it. I find there is just as much creativity involved in running a business as there is in making the art. There are always new ideas and amazing people that help you along the way.
3. What inspires you?
I love this natural world and am fascinated by society. I love new ideas, concepts, movements. When you dont take anything as normal, this world can really blow your mind.
4. What's the favourite part of your work and what's the most challenging?
My favorite part of my work is meeting different people and exploring new ideas. The most challenging part is finding the time to pursue all these ideas.
5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Soon I will be running workshops in schools where students can create their own line of designs. Having a background in youth and development work, I hope to help young people to develop not only their art but their confidence and resilience as well.
Be sure to check out Donna's Etsy page, and join her Facebook community!