My absolute favorite clothing is tee-shirts.
Let’s face it they’re comfy!
I also appreciate the versatility. Screenprinted t-shirts are fun and can carry a statement without even having to open my mouth.
Meet Valerie Hope from my home town, Salt Lake City, Utah.
She is the creator of a shop called Noddin.
Valerie has experience in sales.
“I was inspired to open an Etsy shop because I’ve actually been a previous seller of handmade bags years ago. Etsy community is great and reaches worldwide. ”
“My absolute favorite creation is my non-tshirt items. My Noddin Amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toy) is my favorite.”
Creativity is a part of Valerie’s genetic makeup.
“Everything inspires me to create. I always have a pen/pencil/sketchpad with me no matter where we go. What I actually decide to print is based on mass appeal.”
“My creative process is methodical. First I like to start with a big cup of Coca-Cola. :) I grab my sketch pad and review the drawings I’ve made. I may tweak a few things and when I’m happy with a sketch I think have to trace it with a pen.”
“When it’s done, I scan it on the computer and make it digital to print well. When it’s printed I end up going through the screen making process. After the screen is ready I print it on everything I can get my hands on. If I like what it looks like, I’ll sell it. Otherwise, it goes into the big piles of screen printed t-shirts. ”
When she’s not in her studio creating fun tee shirts, Valerie says “I’m a big movie watcher. We have Netflix and go crazy watching movies all day. When I’m not printing for Noddin, I actually am a co-owner of a print shop. ”
One craft Valerie is determined to learn? “I wish upon every little star that I could throw pottery. It’s a new hobby I’m reading up on before I get knee-deep in clay. ”
Valerie is dedicated to Noddin. “Since I work full-time for myself, I print into wee-hours of the night. The harder thing to do is find time to manage the books and all the non-fun stuff.”
“I’d like to thank Mommy’s Memorandum for hosting this for me. It’s been a great experience.