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Friday, April 24, 2009

Meet Tara from RevivalInk!

I found this fabulous shop when I was doing some 'virtual shopping' for my birthday wish list. I just love the prints that she puts onto her clothes. Every time I stop by her shop I find more things that I want! Now you get a chance to meet the woman behind the shop!

When did you first start creating things?
When I was in elementary school, I started making jewelry, and puff-painting clothing.

What were the first things you created? and how did your creativity progress from there?
Well, I never thought the puff-painted shirts would evolve into me learning to screen print. I was actually pretty un-creative for several years, until I started college. While I was earning my Bachelors in Fine Art in graphic design at Cornish College of the Arts I started screen printing. My company was actually my Senior Thesis project, and I launched it at the BFA show in 2007.

How did you come up with your shop name?
When I started out I was printing on vintage clothing, and the idea was reviving old clothing with beautiful artwork. My boyfriend actually thought of the name: Revival Ink,since I screen print with ink. Now that I've moved from vintage clothing to organic clothing, I like to think of the name "Revival Ink" as standing for a revival of the natural, eco-friendly way of doing things. As well as a revival of the handmade process. My whole printing process is done by hand, in the basement of my house. All of my printing inks are water-based, and contain no harmful chemicals.

Is this your only business or do you do other things as well?
Revival Ink is my full-time business, and I love every minute of it.

Do you still dream about making other things? If so, what?
Well, I'm always dreaming up new artwork designs, and finding new styles of garments to print on. My next goal is to get into printing my designs on more high-end designer clothing styles, like long prairie coats or fancy party dresses.

How did you hear about Etsy?
I've been on Etsy so long I can't remember how I first heard about it...Maybe one of my customers told me?

Any words of advice to others?
Follow your dreams! Even if you have to have a string of meaningless jobs to get there, don't settle. Keep going, and you will find the profession that makes you happy. It takes time.

Now that you've met the artist behind these great screen printed clothing I hope you take some time to browse her fabulous shop and check out her blog!


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