I’m so excited to introduce you to the wonderful, Elora of elorasaurus! I’ve met so many amazingly talented artists via Instagram and Elora is one of them! I can’t remember exactly how I found her profile but I thought her work was adorable immediately! The first product I fell in love with was her
really cute Cry Baby Sailor Moon pin. I’ve recently gotten back into Sailor Moon and I thought her pin was too perfect to pass up. Alright, enough about my love for her work. Let’s get to know Elora!!!
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: My name is Elora. I am the mother of 2 amazing tiny humans. I am an artist from Northern Ontario, Canada. I have been creating in some capacity my whole life, from writing, painting, drawing, crafting, singing, to designing. I love to make things pretty, and make pretty things! I have also struggled with mental illness but over the last couple of years I have been making huge strides. I can’t wait to enjoy all of the experiences life has to offer me.
Q: Your illustrations are too cute!! Where do you find your inspiration?
A: Ahhh! Thank you so much! I adore all things cute, and creepy. Often ideas will just bubble up in my mind as I doodle, and work. My kids are a huge inspiration. They are such wonderful, wild, creative little girls, and often will press me to keep creating. I enjoy making art inspired by my favourite shows, movies, or ideas/phrases that resonate with me. Everything I create is so much a part of who I am.
Q: How did you get into the pin game?
A: Making little digital doodles, and illustrations has been a long time hobby of mine. Over the last year I’ve been exploring social media more, and pushing myself to share my art work. I came across a fun little website called CurioMill, which allowed me to bring one of my designs to real life, and after that there was no turning back. I have been a junkie since!
Q: When not making cute art prints and adorable accessories, how do you spend your time?
A: I am one busy broad! Haha I recently moved to my first house with my family, which has been all consuming. One project after another (and for all of eternity, I am told). I volunteer as President of my local WUSC chapter, which focusses on assisting refugee students upon entry into Canada and the Canadian post-secondary school system. Last year I began to finally indulge in my life long desire to participate in community theatre, and have since been in one small, and two large local productions. I don’t think I’ll ever want to stop! Also, these days the girls and I have been spending lots of time at local parks hunting down all those evasive wild Pokémon hehe
Q: What made you decide to start an Etsy shop?
A: I’ve always wanted to have my own little shop, but due to my anxiety I would always stop before things got too complicated or scary. This time I’ve chosen to just dive right in, and I have been so lucky to have some many supportive people in my life, as well many new friends and supporters that have made this a wonderful experience.
Q: If you could have tea with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
A: I am all about tea. I love tea like others love their coffee. Having a cup of green tea with Alan Rickman would make my life. He has long been a favourite actor of mine, and I imagine he and I would have a delightful conversation over a steaming cup of green. I’d love to pick his brain about his career, and life in general. I would swoon over his voice, but obviously try to play it cool. RIP
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about owning your own business and the most challenging?
A: There really are so many intrinsically rewarding things. I think the biggest thing for me is just knowing that I have finally put myself out there, and people like it. I mean, I still often feel like I am smoothing my edges, or taming my inner weirdo, but to be where I am at, and to only feel a little uncomfortable is a huge step forward for me. Being an outgoing introvert (or a form of ambivert) on top of everything is a huge challenge. I want to put myself out there, but it can be pretty exhausting. Just knowing that it’s okay to take breaks, to recharge, helping so much. I love being able to create things that people enjoy. It makes me so happy to know that people from all around the world have a little piece of me. It’s so exciting!
I love learning about such creative individuals! Elora is amazing and you should definitely check out her shop! I’m also including links to her social sites so you can keep up with her work. She is the best!!!