Printed Muserie is an evolving design exploration by Melody Watson.
Emerging from the idea that we can be our own muses
(see Muserie) if we know (and remember!) where to look for inspiration,
the items featured on this site were designed through Print on Demand (POD) technology.
Because even though you can't create every single thing you own from scratch,
we now have the resources to buy so many more gifts and items for our inspired lives
that have been personalized to our liking. So you can personalize my designs if you wish.
POD combines more of my interests than anything else ever has before.
Creativity is wrapped up in the way I view the world, and the way I live. It's hard to remember a time that I wasn't filled with curiosity about how to make something I'd never made before, about how others create, and about what else I could do that would give me the kind of thrill that artistic explorations always give me.
Artsy processes have generally come easy to me, but I didn't think of myself as an artist for a very, very long time. And that is because I never learned to draw in the traditional sense of the word. I cannot paint gorgeous landscapes like my fine artist friends. In fact, the list of traditional art-and-painterly things I cannot do comes easily on days when the self-doubt arrives.
But I am an artist in the ways that work for me. I shot the abstract photo seen in the warm, light-filled image below, I drew the Zentangle Inspired Art "doodle" in the center, and each image in the slideshow at right depicts my original digital art.
Although I've certainly created art pieces that look good in frames, a lot of what I design is much more suited as a surface pattern on merchandise than for hanging on a wall. In many ways, the functional pieces please me more than something that "just" hangs on a wall. Because pretty merchandise can give you moments of pleasure at unexpected times on ordinary days. Although I used to create mugs with clay, and well know the joy of drinking from a vessel I created with my hands, I've rediscovered that sensation in the mugs from which I drink my morning coffee these days, which have my artwork printed on them. Going to a party and having someone compliment me on a kimono wrap of my own design that I'm wearing brings a similar joy. Rediscovering that sensation inspires more ideas and helps me recall other designs I've had tucked away in my files. It's fun to think of new patterns that might look good on items we use every day. And unlike with traditional retail arrangements, there isn't a mountain of surplus when a design people don't resonate with takes up space and has to be sold at discount stores. If people don't like some of my designs - and I am certain many of the designs I've created will just sit there gathering cyber dust - then nothing is lost. Because those pieces are never physically created.
So it "suddenly" made sense that I would stop saving mountains of files on my hard drives and bring my creative experiments out into the light of day. Happily embellished mugs and phone cases and zipper pouches and leggings delight me. Other people enjoy them too. I began selling through Zazzle five weeks after opening my store, and a full three months before launching this site. To see even the tiniest amount of income in my royalty reports spurs me on. I've learned that persistence and perseverance are among the vital traits that determine success in this arena. I'm game...
For well over ten years I've freelanced, working with people who need help creating their websites through a platform called Squarespace. I've loved this work. Collaborating with other Squarespace customers continues to please me. It's work that pleases me so much that I traded the stability of my community college webmaster position for the unpredictability of freelancing. This site, in fact, was created using Squarespace. Naturally. Still, I'm equally happy doing moving down this POD path to create an additional, alternate kind of income. And on days when my clients don't need me, I fill my hours designing for me. I cannot wait to see where it's all going.
Thank you for stopping by. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have requests, or, too, if you'd like to be added to my mailing list when I get that up and going. Today, without any further ado, I simply wanted to push this baby out of the nest.