The Travelling Creative is a short interview series exploring the destinations professional creatives find most inspiring to their work. I interview writers, photographers, dancers, artists and designers about a location that has most impacted their work.
Today I’m talking to Macy Brown, who proves you don’t have to travel around the world to find inspiration. The young entrepreneur and designer started her first business designing and selling stickers at age 17. Macy is now a college junior (that’s third-year for those of us that don’t speak American university lingo) majoring in Business at the University of Oregon. Macy comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, so she says “business just came naturally to me.”
What destination have you found most inspiring and impactful on your creative work?
“All of my life I have lived within 5 miles of the ocean, so when I was starting my shop I knew I wanted the beach to inspire my work, and that was when I came up with the name Sunset Sticker Co. Living so close to the ocean, I cannot begin to count the number of times I would rush down the road to catch the sunset. It was always my happy place – the place that calmed me when I was stressed and gave me hope that everything would be alright when I was upset.”
How has this inspiration manifested in a particular piece of work?
“Of course the beach/sunset has inspired my brand as a whole, but there is also one piece in particular that really inspired me, which was one of my “kits”- a collection of 6 sheets of stickers with everything you need to plan out a week in your planner. This kit is called “Somewhere On A Beach” and it has also been one of my best sellers since I released it 10 months ago!”
Where is your favourite beach?
“My favorite beach for inspiration is, of course, my hometown beach, Centerville, just 5 miles outside of the tiny, Victorian village of Ferndale, in Northern California. This is not your typical beach though, so if you decide to visit here (and I strongly recommend it as it is the most unique beach you will find in such a charming community, within the heart of the redwoods), be sure to keep your eye on the ocean as it can be quite choppy. Do not attempt to swim in it, the surf is rough and the water is around 50℉. Be sure to dress warm too as our average temperature is also around 50℉ and it is usually extremely windy! You can learn more about the inspiration behind my work on my blog – My Life as Macy – as well.”