Fearless Nomad: Corrina Nika

I'm so excited to share our latest Fearless Nomad, Corrina! Corrina and I are both blog contributors over at Death to the Stock Photo. You can check out her work here. I have admired her work for a long while now and I was so excited we get to work for Death to Stock. Hopefully, we will get to work together on something soon.  

Corrina is inspiring and creates the most original, beautiful, simple designs I have ever seen! Her hand lettering is to die for. Her photography is simple, calm, and serene. Her work stands out and you can spot it from a mile away! Read her whole interview below and fall in love with her style. 

Tell us who you are and what you do!

Hello State of Mind Studio! Thank you so much for having me. My name is Corina and i'm a designer and blogger, currently living on the gorgeous Kefalonia Island in Greece.

What are you currently working on right now?

Between a lot of exciting branding projects, art direction, my online courses, i'm about to start my own shop! It's something i've been working on in my mind for a couple of years, and actually working on for the about half of year. It's finally happening though, and i couldn't be more excited!

What do you like most about running a business?

What i like most about running a business, is the huge amount of creativity i have on a daily basis. I'm lucky enough to have my husband and business partner dealing with logistics and numbers, so i'm left to simply create. Most of all i love the feeling of freedom and inspiration i'm able to have, doing what i love most to do.

What is something you have learned the hard way?

This one of my favourite ones, as i just recently learned. Learning to let go of my perfectionism and becoming more adaptive. The last few months there has been so many things going on when it comes to the production of my shop, collaborating with other people, that it was certain we would have some bumps on the road. Not always everything will work out perfectly, and not everything will go your way. Normally i would loose my mind when something doesn't go as i planned it, but you either go crazy or simply adapt and move on.

Where do you find your inspiration and who/what inspires your work the most?

Definitely the beauty that surrounds me. I'm a very outdoorsy kind of girl, so the sea, trees the simpler way of life we're leaving here. Which is how anything i design tends to be simplified, natural and airy.

Your new shop sounds like its a really fun project for you! 

The most challenging thing i can say is the production first. If i had to handle production myself, this shop would have never opened. Once again, a perfect husband to the rescue! The second most challenging part, was not being all over the place!  This is fun story, but every designer, artist, creative can relate with wanting to create so many different things! If it were up to me, i would be still designing, or launching hundreds of different in cohesive things. The trick was to set a deadline, and for me to focus on the best things i could design, work under a theme and eliminate what needed to be eliminated. A difficult task, but one that made my collection so much more meaningful.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to dive into starting a shop?

Be prepared for a lot of crazy and exciting things to happen in your life! But keep in mind, to give yourself enough time to get inspired, enough time to sketch and design, and lastly double the time to let the ideas sink in. You might see that after a week you will like half of what you have created. Time is a great thing, and you should give plenty to yourself!

One of the things that stands out the most about your style is your hand lettering and how unique it is! What is your favorite thing about hand lettering? Do you have any tips for other people wanting to develop their own unique style?

Hand lettering is part of my daily meditation. Others do yoga, i grab my brush and design words. There's more to it than just making words look pretty. There's the serenity you have when you letter and how calm and relaxed you have to be to achieve a natural character in your lettering.   The best way to develop your own style, is to simply embrace the uniqueness of your own letters. Learn the basics, practise a lot, but don't ever try to replicate or copy someone else's style. That is what's unique about them, so simple embrace being you.

What do you feel like is your biggest accomplishment so far?

Nothing feels best than doing what you love. For me it's a tons of things. Not just creating logos, not just lettering, but creating in general. The fact that i am able to do that as a profession 24/7 is the greatest accomplishment int he world for me.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start freelancing?

Freelancing is all about confidence and believing in yourself. You have to be the first to cheer and uplift yourself and believe in your skills. Don't ever rest, or settle, but keep pushing and keep growing.

What do you do when you are not creating, and running a business?

Doing my best to enjoy as much time outside the house and my computer as can! Whether that's sipping juices in the yard, walking with my dog, hiking or camping with friends, sunbathing on the beach.

How has travel and seeking adventure helped your business and brand?

Quite a lot actually! Imagine a person living isolated in a room? You need inspiration, new experiences, to grow as a person and as a creative. The more you expose yourself, the more creativity will flow in you.

What is your most favorite place to find inspiration?

Any place that makes me feel small. It puts everything into perspective.