Here on the Meet the Maker series we hope to introduce you to the local artists and creators of the York Region. For episode 11, I want to invite you to meet Karen Wong of Ohmyinspired.
Your items are beautiful and the images are captivating. What is your background / how did you get started in watercolour painting?
I’ve always loved the fine arts when I was younger. My parents put me into art classes from a young age until high school, exploring acrylic painting, linedrawing, pastel, and watercolour. My favourite has always been watercolour.
What inspired you to begin Ohmyinspired?
It was the summer of 2011 when I was laid off from my job. It made me realize that life is always full of unexpected circumstances and that propelled me into thinking about my hobby and I
asked myself, if not now, then when?
Do you currently do this full time? How do you find balance between your passion and day job?
I wish I was able to do this full-time. I just returned back to my day job after being on Maternity Leave and it is definitely hard to find time for my passion. But when you want something badly enough, you somehow make it work. I try to keep inspired by looking through Pinterest and Instagram in my spare time, and keeping a sketchbook close by to jot down my ideas. Then I try to dedicate at least one day a week where I can have a few hours to myself, so I can put those ideas into action.
The photography in your shop, and on your profile page, is lovely. What are your photography suggestions for great pictures?
Lots of soft, natural lighting! But nothing too direct that creates a lot of harsh shadows. I try to keep the background simple so it showcases my products more.
You’re a pretty new mum. How do you find being a mother has changed your craft and where do you see it going down the road?
I definitely see the world through a different set of eyes after having my son. It reminds me to let loose once in a while, have fun, and to be silly sometimes. I love that I am able to express it through my art, allowing it to be abstract and light hearted.
Your quotes are inspirational and give us insight into you as a person. What draws you to them and how do you choose which ones to include in your pieces?
The quotes and bible verses I tend to choose are geared towards encouraging someone or yourself to take the leap of faith. I am a generally cautious person so sometimes I need the little push to get myself going or to be brave enough to take a risk.
Do you have a favourite item in your store?
Anything to do with my camper van and “adventure awaits” design is my favourite.
We will see you in September at the Etsy Made in Canada. Are you working on anything new for the event?
Yes, I am! I am hoping to have some original prints, a new design on a tote bag, and some new pin back buttons.
Painting or shopping?
Painting definitely! Unless I’m shopping for paint supplies… 🙂
You can find Ohmyinspired at the Etsy York Region Made in Canada event September 24th in at Aurora’s Cultural Centre. Click here for more details.
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