Meet Your Maker Monday: Jessica Lopez of Tiny Deer Studio
You've all seen and fallen in love with Jessica's macro photography featuring actions figures and animal figurines. Read below to find out what inspires her as a maker!
HMS: The basics: what is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
Jessica Lopez, Tiny Deer StudioHMS: What do you make?
JL: I am a photographer and I create miniature menagerie photography using vintage bone china animals. I also have an open series of dramatic action figure portraits.
HMS: What does a typical day look like for you?
JL: A typical day involves a lot of daydreaming and brainstorming for new photos, making lists, answering emails and packaging my products. When everything comes together, I get to pull out the menagerie and create more photos to make me (and you!) smile.
HMS: What is your favorite food?
JL: I love pizza! I also have a major sweet tooth and love pretty much any lemon-based dessert.
HMS: What do you do in your spare time/what hobbies do you have?
JL: I probably watch way too much television in my spare time, but I also love movies, baking and embroidery. I love to spend time with my niece to continue to instill a sense of wonder and creativity in her. She loves helping me make things and she's even sold a few of her paintings at a market with me!
HMS: Is making your full time job? If not, how do you pay the bills?
JL: Though Tiny Deer Studio is a full-time job- unfortunately, it is not my only full-time job. It's definitely my goal to be able to support myself and my art doing what I love, but for now a locally-owned stationery shop helps pay the bills.
HMS: What are your long term maker goals? Are you opening a shop, launching other brands, etc?
JL: I really just want to be able to maintain a full-time appearance in shops and markets around the country and move into wholesale. I'm continuing to learn and grown and I don't expect to stop doing that. I'm sure I'll pick up more goals along the way.
HMS: Personal project plug: what about Houston Makerspace makes you the most excited?
JL: Houston Makerspace is most exciting to me because it's something the city actually needs. It would open up so many opportunities for artists to explore and learn and grow their businesses using tools they wouldn't otherwise have access to. Specifically, though, I'm most excited about the commercial kitchen. I love baking almost as much as I love photography; this might bring the two together for me.
HMS: What advice do you have for aspiring makers?
JL: My advice is to take a chance on yourself. If you don't put yourself out there you could miss out on so much. It took me a while to show my work. My first market was a small one, but it opened up so many doors for me. I was introduced to the community I was looking for all along but I didn't even know existed. I've received overwhelmingly positive feedback and have learned so much from all of the amazing makers I've met in the last year. It never would have happened if I hadn't taken that first step and decided to have confidence in my work. I would also say to take presentation seriously and make every effort to maintain a professional appearance through your website, branding, packaging and correspondence. People notice these things and it definitely makes a huge difference.
If I were reading about a maker, I might actually want to know what their favorite part of the job is. Mine would be getting to meet people who are genuinely excited about my work, who can make personal connections to it. I love seeing their smiling faces, hearing their stories, and knowing that I've made some small impact with my work.