What is your specialty?
I make/build/sculpt jewellery, clothing and accessories
Where can we view your portfolio online?
http://www.mortiism.co.uk and http://www.facebook.com/mortiism
What made you interested in design?
I liked to make things, paint things and sculpt
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
A new idea, seeing something in my mind that hasn't been made yet
How would you define your design style?
Very ranged, from steampunk, gothic, bizarre, cute, nerdy and glamorous
How do you promote and move your work?
Through FaceBook, business cards and word of mouth
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
Working with wood
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
Depends on what it is I am making and what it will be used for. I usually will just put things together and hope it works, if it doesn't, I'll have learned something and will try again from a new angle
What are your sources for documentation and to generate ideas?
More often than anything, those thoughts you get when you're in bed trying to sleep
What is your favourite type of customer?
A customer who appreciates some of the best things are made by little people, and not huge companies who can charge next to nothing for something shabbily-made
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
I appreciate nothing is 'original' anymore. I am currently being copied, at first with small things I just accepted it was bound to happen, but on the scale the person is attempting to copy is now just too blatant, and I feel is unjustifiable.
List some things you dislike seeing in design.
a lack of a 'perfectionist' attitude. selling things which are blatantly 'not right'. For example, someone who had the right ides and saw in their minds exactly what they were aiming for, but then the end result being shabby and selling it anyway, knowing it is nothing how it should have been. self-discipline is important, without it you will eventually be renowned by some as a lazy, targetless person
Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?
No. Newer generations have it easier to design, so it is excuseless to not be better at designing than the older generations. For example- computers are an amazing thing, but the ancient Pyramids are spectacular.
With which type of client would you decline in working for?
I decline working for anybody else. I started working for eBay, paying large sums of money to have my products listed on their site. As with all sellers who have encountered eBay, I learned that too many companies are out for quantity, and not quality, and soon all quality-ensured sellers will be pushed off eBay for not being fast/cheap enough. I will never put my creative abilities in the hands of any other person or company again.
How do you calculate budgets for a design project?
I don't. This is probably a bad thing. I set making the project, and calculate its costs when I have finished, usually more out of curiosty. Making and designing things 'keeps me going'.
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
None. All products are designed and made by my hands and memory, with no paperwork or software included anywhere in the process
Up to what point do your designs reflect your personality?
Almost completely. I only make things I would love to wear. I appreciate this is not the best business tactic, but it keeps me constantly perfecting what I make as I have the motivation and excitement for it.
How do you distinguish passing fads from mainstays in new trends?
I do not follow fashion, I make what I believe looks good, and if something genuinely looks good, it will never become a fad.
If you weren't a designer, what would you be doing?
I would be a full-time aftercarer for animals in vets, that need a loving hand during recovery for surgery or any other problem
At this moment, what would be your dream job or project?
Owning an animal sanctuary. Or finally building the project I have been saving up to start work on (it's a secret still so far!)
Can you see yourself in this field twenty years from now?
It is more than likely. Being a designer from home running such a small business is a very slow job, seemingly
Which design resources online do you frequently visit?
I use Etsy to shop for some supplies to help me get something made quicker. Etsy is my favourite place to shop for both supplies and share the happiness by buying other peoples' handmade products, I can recommend it to everyone.