Name: Alexia Petrakos
Company/Etsy Site: arrrt.etsy.com
Location: Just outside Atlanta, GA
How long has your Etsy shop been open? Just under a year.
How did you get into crafting? Been crafting in some form all my life.
How did Etsy come into your life? I think I read about it on one of the blogs I was reading. It intrigued me, all that handmade goodness. So I opened my first account in October of 2005. I tried to sell a few things then stopped. I opened arrrt.etsy.com 2 years later and gave it more focus.
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
Before Etsy I sold locally, to friends and at craft fairs. Now my books & creations are all over!
Do you have a day job? Sort of ;) I work from home. I'm a writer for eHow.com & the Communications Department of a small online music store (yes, I said department. it's only me).
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you? I only get help when I need a bunch of stuff for a fair - and even then, I've only done that once.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world? Keep at it. Make what you like to keep from getting bored. Don't worry about your "audience" too much. Chances are there's someone else who has the same tastes you do.
What's the most challenging part of your crafting? Keeping my studio clean so I can actually make stuff.
Do you show your work locally? Occasionally - craft fairs & art shows
Famous last words? Don't get even. Get odd.
How did you get interested in bookmaking? Not quite sure - I've always loved the feel of books & a well made journal - figured I'd try to make my own
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking? Crafting - all my life, bookmaking: 4 years.
What is your favorite stitch/technique? The "harlequin" stitch - makes a great fishnet-ish pattern on the spine.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without? My ream cutter. Saves me from taking it to Kinko's to get it cut (and they'd often screw it all up & I'd have to buy more paper)
Materials you use for your books? Mostly book board & paper. But I do make covers out of leather & polymer clay too. (and secretly working on airplane aluminum covers - doh! that was supposed to be a secret!)
What inspires you? Textures & color. They're everywhere!
Who is your crafting hero? I have an "art" hero: Michael Wood. She's a phenomenal artist, painter, sculptor & I really look up to her.
Guilty pleasure? not sure I have any ;) ok ok... Anne McCaffrey. Love the dragons.
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