The main reason I started this blog, and opened my Etsy shop is because I want to expand myself as a graphic designer. After graduating in May, I had a sort of not-so-mid-life-crisis where I wasn’t sure what direction to go. I needed a job to pay my bills and started looking like my life depended on it. I found very few positions in my area, and even less that I was qualified for. Most positions expected you to be not only a print designer, but a web designer who dabbles in flash. I focused primarily on print design (because I love it) and never even took a web design course. After a few months of being unemployed, I had to lower my standards and start looking for a job which had nothing to do with design just to pay my bills. Having a brand new degree and a pile of student loans to start paying back and taking a job that has nothing to do with what you went to school for is not the best feeling to say the least.
I’m still working at the first job I found three months after graduating. It pays well, but the hours are long and I’m only a temp. I’ve been laid off three times since August, the longest period of which lasted from Nov. 18th until January 23rd. I took advantage of that time and tried to get back to what I love: design. It was over this break that I made ThePaperGnome 2012 Calendar (which still hasn’t sold). That was a bummer and I didn’t design anything else for a while until my friend came to me and asked me to do the Bachelorette Party Invitations and the Stock The Bar Party Invitations which sparked the desire to design in me once again. Now I’m super excited to get back to work and start filling my Etsy Shop with more than just an unsold calendar. I’ve got big plans.
What plans, you say? Well I don’t want to spill all the details just yet, but after lots of research, I’ve decided to try my hand and gocco printing. Never heard of it? Neither had I until recently. It’s a Japanese tabletop screenprinting machine that is out of production but still fairly easy to find online and reasonably priced. I’m thinking of buying one soon, and I’m excited about the possibilities. Just look at these wedding invitations that Ellie Snow of Mint made.
Look at that type! Her invitations are just beautiful and I am so excited to see what I can create with a gocco. Any readers heard of the gocco before? Any success/horror stories? I’d love to hear your input.