Who is this ‘US’ anyway?
I’m a frustrated (and totally untrained) artist. Because I grew up in a semi-remote town with virtually no access to any cultural activity, my exposure to art and artists was limited to scouring an encyclopedia to look at beautiful photos. Now this was back in the day before electronic media, and it was also back in the day when art classes in high school were an elective that offered once-a-week lessons that provided very little instruction.
So when I decided to study art in college, I was rudely informed that without a portfolio I would have to choose another major. As happened with most young girls who graduated with me and did receive a college acceptance, the recommendation was to study something to “fall back on” until marriage and family. That “something” was, of course, education.
I wasn’t very good at it.
For the next three years, I plodded through myriad history and English courses with an average grade, spending more time doodling than listening, suffering with understanding when one professor insisted that, while I had creative talent, I was “culturally deprived.” (As if I didn’t know that!)
So I put my head down in the final year, knowing that all I had to do was get those passing grades so I could move somewhere to learn to be an artist.
Fast forward a few years to somewhat more modern times when I landed an editorial job with a magazine. This allowed me to express my creativity in the writing realm and, fortuitously, it allowed me to hang out with an extremely talented art department. Because the staff was close and friendly, I began, at last to pick up some skills.
Next, I taught myself to do layout, creating a 24-page tabloid on one of the first Macintosh computers. Bit by bit, I honed a variety of digital skills, eventually graduating to another magazine to do both layout and write.
Don’t get the wrong impression.
While I still lamented my lack of good technical skills in art, I enjoyed most of the life that got in the way.
One of the best things that happened along this journey was my constant exposure to a computer. That’s where I eventually discovered print on demand, a setup that allows registered users to upload their artwork to a website where others can purchase that work on wearable art and/or useable decor. (Besides t-shirts, most of my designs are available on a variety of products.)
Now, in my retirement years, I design on several platforms. But, I’ve found Redbubble to be my favorite, which is why all the stuff you see on these pages can be found and purchased there — including throw pillows, stickers, sweatshirts, clocks, notebooks, tote bags, mugs, duvets, shower curtains, rugs, and a bunch of other items.
I created yourtshirtzone.com to have a showcase for my work and to learn how to create a website. Like everything, this is a learning process and I am always hungry for something new.
If you got this far, thanks for reading this rather lengthy and somewhat personal “about me” page. I hope you’ll come back once in a while to check up any recently uploaded and offered artwork.