Welcome to the twelfth artist interview on miscellany!
(1) Tell us about yourself: I live in a small town called East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with my husband. I have two kids, a boy and girl. My son is 23 and my daughter is 21 years old. A typical day would be checking my emails, reading the news, and checking to see if there are any orders I need to ship. Head to my studio based in my basement. I put my music on and start working on my passion.
(2) Tell us about what you create: I worked in higher education for 10 years but came to the realization that I’m not happy with my work. I have B.A. in business and an M.A. in education. But Art was my first calling always. I do mostly jewelry design. It started as hobby and turned into a full time passion. I have been crafting all my life, knitting, sewing, drawing and painting, to fixing and changing my own jewelry. I make one of a kind design and no two pieces are ever going to be alike. I like to experiment with different medium from making my own polymer clay beads to crocheting my jewelry, and repurposing vintage jewelry. I like my pieces colorful and vibrant. My inspiration comes from experiencing different cultures and travelling and living in different countries. I lived in the Middle East, Europe and America.
(3) Tell us about your handmade art business: My shop name fatash1 Creative Designs is based on my name and my original unique designs. It started when I was recovering from a surgery. I started my Etsy shop with no idea how to run it and manage it. My generation didn’t grow up with computers. I just ran with the idea and got carried away. At the beginning I had few items posted. Thinking people are going to find me, and once I realized it’s not that easy I started adding more to it. I also did not promote my shop at all. I was very naïve about on line selling. My Studio is my basement. It is a huge open room for my crafts. I have my jewelry and my drawers and drawers of beads. My collection of yarns for knitting, and my sewing machine which I use for making bags, which I have not posted on Etsy yet.
(4) Tell us about your customers: My target audience is a woman who is looking for unique pieces, and one of a kind item, that is not commercially produced. She loves vibrant color, and appreciates handmade, has a shabby chic style.
(5) Tell us where we can find your art: I am mostly on Etsy, also attend some fairs and festivals. I had a store for 4 years and learned how much the customers loved my designs. They were very encouraging to me. I had some health issues and needed to cut back on my work schedule and take care of myself, because I designed, created and ran the business. Here is my Facebook page, and here is my Pinterest account.
(6) Tell us about your support: I work alone, and enjoy being on my own, but I have the support of my family and friends. I’m very close to my sister who lives close by and visits me often with my niece and nephew, ages 5 and 10. My friends were my first customers, and they encouraged me to continue.
(8) Tell us anything else: Start small, learn and read all the info about running an online business. If something fails try a different way, its all about trials and errors. We learn everyday, and we never know unless we try.