Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hardluck Studios Human Rights Artwork

Tell me 5 things everyone should know about you

1 We quit our day jobs in 2007 to become full time artists. We're in our late forties so it has been an adjustment and an adventure. I wouldn't go back for anything in the world!

2 Hardluck Studios is located on Hardluck Drive near Fairbanks Alaska. Our motto is "It's not that it's all bad luck; it's just plain hard luck." This statement truly describes they way things happen for us. After going through a period of struggle, we suddenly find a great reward. It makes us laugh every single day.

3 Our artist, Dubh, primarily creates watercolor paintings to invoke peaceful thought processes and inspire others to create a better relationship with their fellow humans and the planet we all share. Avery Clemmons is our very talented graphics artist and he creates delightful fantasy pieces. I'm Susie, and I do everything else; marketing, zazzle product creation, etc.

4 We sell our original artwork at, and we also just branched out into commercial sign painting to assist in surviving the downed economy.

5 We offer free limited licensing for use of our activist images for causes that support human rights, environmental protection, and peaceful protest.

How and when did you find zazzle?

I found zazzle on a google search for print on demand services. We had been using CafePress, but were disappointed in the services they provided. We've found Zazzle to be more user friendly, it has more creative options, and it offers a whole lot more in the way of promotional tools for free! Better support, too.

What is the best advice you received since starting zazzle?

Clearly organized shop, and we recently started checking out the forum. Lots of great advice and friendly people willing to help! It's like an online co-op for artists.

If you were watching TV and saw an actor in a sitcom wearing your shirt/your
poster or card was in the set what would you do?

I'm sure we'd be excited and start calling friends and family to share the good news. It would be great to have an image of them wearing it to post on the site, too.

If you could choose any gift for your birthday from any shop other than your
own, which would you choose and why?

That's a tough one; I see so much great stuff I'd love to have if I had the money. These shoes are great!

Do you have any formal art or computer training?

No, and it's been a tremendous learning experience. I'm glad I had the time and took the opportunity to do it.

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