Name: Sara Hindmarch
Company/Etsy Site: Re:Paper
Location: Atlanta, GA
How long has your Etsy shop been open? I've been on Etsy since June 2005.
How did you get into crafting? My Parents got me crafting as a kid, art supplies were always a part of our birthday gifts. For Christmas they used to fill up a fishing tackle box with the works: colored pencils, paper, glue, glitter, pipe cleaners- it was the best gift ever! When I was in High School they opened their own rubber stamp/ scrap-booking store, which opened up the world of papermaking and bookbinding to me.
How did Etsy come into your life? I heard about it somewhere or from someone- I wish I could remember, but I don't. I'm just glad I did!
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy? Etsy was my intro to the world of crafts outside of making things just for family and friends. I was getting a taste of the Indie crafting scene in Atlanta at local festivals and wondered if anyone would ever buy my stuff. So I decided to give Etsy a spin and see if I could make extra cash off the stuff I was making anyway. It worked, and not long after I worked up the confidence to try out selling "live" at a local festival craft market.
Do you have a day job? Sure do, by day I work as a Registrar at the High Museum of Art here in Atlanta. We work hands on managing the collection, so inspired daily working with art when I go to work.
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you? My husband lends a hand as my graphic designer (designed my website graphics, business cards and the like). Otherwise it's all me. I'd like to collaborate on some books with him (as both a graphic designer and an author), but we've yet to give it a try.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world? Get to know other crafters in your area (or baring that, on the net) to swap ideas, materials, resources and moral support. We may all be working away at our kitchen tables alone, but together we're a community. There's lots to learn and share!
What's the most challenging part of your crafting? Finding the time to work, especially on complicated or new projects that demand a lot of attention and focus. I'm also terrible at getting out and promoting myself, but since I haven’t tried that hard I can't complain that it's challenging (just intimidating!).
Do you show your work locally? I do, at local festivals and at a couple local boutiques.
Famous last words? I'm sure I can match that exact color and have it for you tomorrow, no problem...
How did you get interested in bookmaking? My Mom had taken some classes and taught me the basics. I began experimenting on my own and took classes at the Minnesota Book Arts center in Minneapolis later down the line when I wanted to be able to bind my own wedding album.
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking? Crafting, since forever. As a kid I made all my own cards for family birthdays and holidays. Through college I continued working with paper, especially handmade paper I made in the dorm lounge and coated with liquid emulsion to use in photography class. I also made small pamphlet stitch books then, but I didn’t really get into binding (stitching bindings, covering boards) until about 2003.
What is your favorite stitch/technique? I'm a sucker for the Coptic stitch. As many other techniques as I learn, there's something almost Zen-like about Coptic binding. I like the repetition and rhythm of the sewing, and I love how it looks when it's finished.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without? My bone folder.
Materials you use for your books? My materials and books come in two flavors, found materials (old board games are my favorite) and washi paper. I'm addicted to washi paper, it's so beautiful and so easy to work with.
What inspires you? Japanese art (patterns on the washi paper I buy) is a big inspiration; I like simple, elegant lines. I'm also inspired by the Modern and Folk art collections at my museum, especially in looking for new ways to think about using common materials.
Who is your crafting hero? First my Mom, of course. Then, Tim Gunn. Where ever I make an "unplanned" change to a project I hear his voice in my head saying "Make it work." For me it's all about making it work, and discovering new ideas from so called "mistakes."
Guilty pleasure? Bad TV. I can't bind and watch good TV at the same time, but bad TV can be just enough background noise to let me focus on a book without feeling like I'm sitting alone in a room. My husband is constantly catching me binding to "America's Next Top Model" or "Deal or No Deal;" I'd never "watch" them, but working to them is a guilty pleasure I admit.
submitted by Barbara, of moonbindery