Company/Etsy Site: http://Uberart.etsy.com
Location: Eastern North Carolina
How long has your Etsy shop been open?
How did you get into crafting?
It’s been my destiny since birth!
How did Etsy come into your life?
My husband saw an article in a business magazine about Etsy, encouraged me to try it out.
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
I have my undergraduate degree in studio art, and a masters in art therapy, but didn’t had the courage to put my creations out there. I consigned once and all my stuff got stolen which scared me off, so I didn’t do anything until Etsy.
Do you have a day job?
Taking care of my toddler (which is a night job also).
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
I have a 3 year-old assistant “hinder-er”, who does the opposite of helping, but otherwise it’s just me.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Do what you love and keep at it. Chances are someone else will love what you do also. And give it some time! Network and market your work as much as you can. It took me almost 4 months to begin to see the fruits of my marketing labors.
Do you show your work locally?
I’ve recently been accepted into a local art gallery and have sold a few journals there.
Famous last words?
I’m going to finish this one last thing and then I’ll go to bed.
How did you get interested in bookmaking?
I got tired of not being able to find the “right” journal and decided to make my own.
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I use Coptic stitch because it the most functional stitch for me and I like how the books open flat.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
I need it all! I have my own art supply store in my studio. Now if I can just find what I’m looking for…
Materials you use for your books?
I love working with polymer clay and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my books.
What inspires you?
I enjoy looking through art magazines for new techniques to try, but my main inspiration comes from being with other artists. I love working alongside others, sharing a creative aura and seeing the things we all come up with.
Hobby Lobby. It’s a good thing I don’t live near one anymore.. We had to move to get me out of the store!
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