This week we get a glimpse into the world of Liz Mosley, a graphic designer from London who sells beautiful stationery items featuring typography and pattern from her Etsy shop (it is National Stationery Week after all!). Over to Liz for a day in her life... (Portrait image Samee Lapham)
At the moment I work as an in-house graphic designer 4 days a week, and then on the 5th day I work from home on my own little biz. Those days are usually Tuesdays so I decided to document what I was up to on a Tuesday when I was working from home on a few different projects. I get up at 7 and have breakfast with my husband before he heads off to work. I try to be fairly strict with my morning routine on my day working from home because I want to make the most of the day. I am usually at my desk by 8 and raring to go with work. I usually check my emails in bed when I wake up so if there are any that I need to respond to I deal with those first and then start working on whatever is most urgent. Today I have a couple of freelance projects with deadlines coming up so I do those first. I am doing some work for a small charity so it is great to have initial designs that I have been working on finished by 9am and I feel like I have had a productive first hour.
I don't have a great attention span and so I like being able to flit between jobs throughout the day depending on what mood I am in. I have a couple of projects coming up that I want to do some handlettering for (a save the date and an album cover) so I spend the next hour or so writing the same words over and over again until I am sure that I have something I am happy with. I absolutely love it and could spend hours and hours writing out letters. There is something so satisfying about it, and making tweaks and improvements as I go along.
An email comes in with an urgent little job for the charity that they need that day, so I leave all my handlettering drying and get cracking with that. It is a design for a tote bag. I am not very good at working in silence so I usually have a podcast or TV show on playing while I work. At the moment I am a bit obsessed with the Elise Gets Crafty podcast and I find it really inspiring and helpful as she talks about so many topics that are useful for a small creative business owner.
At midday I stop to have lunch. Usually I try to get out and run some errands at lunch time, mainly to get out of the house and away from the computer but today I am waiting for a delivery so I have to stay in. I am an extrovert though so on the days I am working from home I try to make sure I am out doing something in the evening and seeing people.
In the afternoon I concentrate on my Etsy shop. I have a wholesale order due for a lovely little shop in Brixton called The Keep who are going to start stocking some of my cards. I package all the cards and get them ready to post the next day.
I then take some photographs of some new cards I have designed for my Etsy shop so that I can put them up and list them. Earlier in the year I got some really great photography lights which has made such a huge difference to my shop photographs and means that I can take well lit photos even when the weather isn’t great outside. There are 6 new cards to photograph, two birthday cards and my Fathers Day collection which will be launched in the shop in May. I keep the photography simple and use a white background but add some props for a more interesting image – my go to at the moment are flowers or cut out bits of coloured paper. I usually try to take plenty of photos so that I have a lot to choose from and am able to find one that I am happy with. I also have a few blog posts that I need to work on later in the day so I spend some time taking photos of books and maps for a couple of the posts that I have lined up.
Next up is editing the photographs I have taken and getting the listings ready on Etsy. This actually often takes longer than I expect but today it doesn’t take too long as I already have some birthday cards in the shop so the information is mainly the same. Once they are ready I post the listings for the birthday cards and then the Fathers Day cards are saved in my drafts ready to be listed in May.
After the listings are up and I have promoted the new cards on twitter, I then start scanning in all my ink work from earlier in the day, so that I can start playing around with it in my designs later in the week when I next get time.
I also need to work on some upcoming blog posts. Since the New Year I have been working hard to make sure I post consistently on the blog. I really enjoy working on the blog and now that I am taking a bit more seriously I have put together an editorial calendar and try and think and plan a lot more about what I post.
I stop working at around 6 when a friend pops round for a catch up and I quickly grab some food, a yummy left over salad that my Husband made the day before. After she heads off I get ready quickly and head out to a Makerhood Battersea meeting. I have recently become a member of Makerhood Battersea and it was so great and encouraging to meet up with other makers and creative people who live in my community. I am really excited to get more involved in the creative events going on where I live. I get home about 9.30 and do a bit more work on a new website I am working on for a boutique in Peckham while watching tv with my husband. We head to bed at around 10.30 and that is the end of what felt like a really productive day.