Iris Saar Isaacs
Jewellery & graphic designer
What is your professional or training background?
I studied contemporary jewellery, sculpture, graphic design and lots of other short courses in between, like glass, etching, print making, ceramics….
What do you make, create, or do?
I work intuitively; I love colour, asymmetrical organic and graphic shapes, and minimal, clean lines… I make jewellery, I photograph, I am constantly designing, shaping, visualizing…
What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
More of the same really… I hope to continue living and making things passionately, with endless inspiration for the next 10, 20, 30... years!
I would love to continue developing my creative skills, without worrying too much about the money side of things.
I am still very much in love with the world of making, which is ever challenging, with new ideas, designs, and the constant desire to improve.
What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I enjoy the intensity of the business, I love being in the thick of it. However, it is very intense juggling all aspects of the business, from the ideas, design, concept, making, to marketing, visual merchandising… to the individual contact with my customers and most importantly - my two children and ever supporting husband.
I am quite good at time management, I am organized, I multitask at all times, and really trust my intuition - an essential skill set needed to keep a business and family life ticking along. The one thing that keeps me on the ball is my passion for designing and making. I love making something from nothing.
If I had a wish list, I would have loved to have a 'business consultant' who will take my ideas and passion and convert it into a business and action plans, oh and a salesperson would be great too…
My graphic design skills have always come in handy for packaging, web design, brochures, photography…. However, I would really like to develop my marketing skills, as it does not come naturally to me!
List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
Creative and passionate people inspire me, I love reading 'Dumbo Feather' magazine, (www.dumbofeather.com), it is an Australian magazine where each issue features five incredible people who make a difference.
I have also just discovered Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) – an online tool for collecting and storing images - full of visual inspiration.
I browse though lots of blogs, but the ones I always go back to are:
www.karineriksson.se - Karin Eriksson is a Swedish ceramicist; I love her blog and inspiration pages
www.designbreakonline.com - an Israeli design blog I love visiting regularly, she always has great stuff!
www.sixandahalfstitches.typepad.com - love the photography and the personal style she writes in.
www.dailyimprint.blogspot.com - great photography and interesting glimpses into other creative lives.
Contact Iris via iris/at/insyncdesign.com.au
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