Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the person behind the product.
Carolyn Gavin photo by Virginia Macdonald /Instagram
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I knew at a very early age–maybe 3 or 4–that I wanted to be an artist. It just looked like a really cool something to do. I had watched my aunt do her
graphic design thing and I was instantly hooked! I watched as she drew, painted, cut and paste, and created beautiful images. From then on everything I did was fueled by my desire to create and the joy I felt in the process. I also come from a very creative family and we all seem to do something with the arts so its in my blood for sure.
What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
Looking back, there have been many amazing milestones… here are 3:
1) Launching my family company Ecojot was incredibly exciting and very timely.
2) Getting signed by my fabulous agent Lilla Rogers Studios. I knew then that I had come a long way; not necessarily arrived but somewhere in-between.
3) Being able to actually earn a living from my design work. [It] is hugely possible to do if you have a great style and are willing to work like a “dog” to get there.
What does your typical day in the studio look like?
Paint, paper, brushes, computer, water, snacks, dog toys, bulldog, sunshine, and happiness.
Is there a trinket, talisman, or other inspirational object you keep near? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
My studio is filled with colorful things and stuff to inspire me. I have a sweet collection of precious stones which I keep close by plus a tin butterfly pin from my childhood and a tiny brass whale my daughter and husband found at a garage sale in Montreal.
Imagine you just showed your work to a kindergartner for the first time. What do you think they would say?
“Mmm, colorful and good!”
What quote or mantra keeps you motivated?
I have a few, but I LOVE:
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” – Gary Player
“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde
“Meet your needs and limit your wants.” – Gandhi