Friday, 3 July 2009

Blog Interview: Nina Judin Books

Nina Judin

Company/Etsy Site:
Nina Judin Books


within the website

Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

How long has your Etsy shop been open?
since autumn 2006 - the shop was inactive for a length of time due to arrival of baby (the best reason of them all!)

How did you get into crafting?
I chose it as study after concluding that fine arts nor academic study were my cup of tea. Now I'm doing a bit of a mix of all three.

How did Etsy come into your life?
A friend of mine told me of a friend of hers who was pregnant at the same time as I was, we got talking and turned out she was selling on Etsy. Check out!

What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
Etsy is my online shop. In First Life I have a bindery here in Amsterdam, which I've run since 2002.

Do you have a day job?
Yes, my bindery, at the moment part time due to the above mentioned baby, now 2 years.

Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
I do all of it... Right now I've hired someone to redo the graphics (banners, avatars etc) in my shop and if it's a success you'll find the link in my shop ; )

What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Mind your money. Of course it is fantastic to sell, but PLEASE pay attention to your prices. Are you going to be able to live from what you get?

What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
Keeping the balance of things. Making, creating is wonderful. Sitting behind the computer working on photos, mails, postings and research is fun too. Shopping for supplies is exciting. Working on an exhibition is a high for months. And being with the ones I love is unmissable. The only part I'm not too excited about is bookkeeping, which is why I have a super accountant that saves me from the bookkeeping stress every time. Recommended!
Do you show your work locally?
Yes, at exhibitions and at my atelier.

Famous last words?
"I will never..."

How did you get interested in bookmaking?
When seeing an exhibition of creative bookbinding in Estonia in 1995.

How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
Binding books since 1995.

What is your favorite stitch/technique?
Carolingian binding.

What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
My toolbox as a whole. Over the years I've collected many personalized tools that are irreplaceable!

Materials you use for your books?
Paper, leather, wood. And others.

What inspires you?
Guilty pleasure?
Surfing the net 'till wee hours


Rhonda said...

Lovely interview. Nina, it is nice to read more about you and your work.

Elissa said...

Thanks for mentioning the issue of pricing. It breaks my heart when I see beautiful book that has been priced too low. So many bookbinders are worth more!