Company/Etsy Site: jellygnite
Location: Brisbane, Australia
How long has your Etsy shop been open?
Just over 1 year
(since 15th July '07)
How did you get into crafting?
It's in my blood! I grew up watching my grandma, mum and aunty always sewing, knitting, cooking - just 'doing'. As well as that, I grew up watching my dad constantly making things too - models, toys, furniture. I made my first 'book' when I was 5; as a girl, I was really into sewing, drawing and constructing things with paper and wood. I also had a 'lego' obsession!
How did Etsy come into your life?
I stumbled across it online and fell in love!!
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
Not much really, just my personal making at home for family and friends.
Do you have a day job?
I am a part time high school Art teacher (my students are well aware of my love of artist's books!)
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
My etsy business is relatively small, so I don't need any helpers .. although my children like 'road-testing' my softies for their cuddliness!
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Do what you enjoy - don't compromise what you love to do - never stop learning!
What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
Finding time to devote to the joys of making things - it feeds my soul!
Do you show your work locally?
I go to a local church market every month which has a lovely community atmosphere. I am also involved in the BrisStyle (Brisbane etsy sellers) market
Famous last words?
'Such is Life'
How did you get interested in bookmaking?
In my senior year of high school, my teacher introduced the artform of books to me. I then went on to learn more and experiment with constructions at Uni.
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
I have been crafting all my life and making books for 14 years, ever since was introduced to me as a student
What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I really like Stab binding as it is reasonably easy and can look so good with different threads and colours. I'd love to have a go at coptic binding though.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
My boxes of paper and paper ephemera that I rummage through each time I make a book!
Materials you use for your books?
I love recycled / upcycled materials and paper ephemera
What inspires you?
Passionate, dedicated and kind people
Who is your crafting hero?
I think all successful crafters who also manage to be good mums are heroes!
Collecting odd bits of paper and my ever-swelling fabric stash!
submitted by Barbara, of moonbindery