I have tried to become more diverse with my items. I started out making small clay pieces, and then expanded to wood and glass pendants, dolls, coffins and now paper Mache rings and masks.
2. How long have you been crafting?
I actually didn’t start out crafting until later in my life. I have always been an artist from the time I was a very young girl, but often focused on drawing with pencil.
Crafting came later after I saw 15 years go by and my art with it. Slowly but surely I would learn new things until I am where I am at now. I would say I have been crafting as a small business/hobby for just over a year now.
3. Where do you get your inspiration from?
There is nothing I can pin-point. Things have just always sort of popped in my head. I have been trying to challenge myself, making my creations more realistic, more detailed, so I look through medical photography online, or through books. I have been taking photos of items I see around the city or take in things as I go. I have been using fantasy/horror movies as new inspiration as well as of recent.
|Book of Shadows|
4. What is your most favorite item in your shop? And why? please include a link so I can share it.
Probably my Siamese twin skulls, though it’s hard because I have adoration for many of my items. Each has a little piece of me with them, a little joy infused into each item. It’s hard to see them go. Those little guys almost didn’t make it, after a few mishaps, so they are survivors. and there is something innocent about them I like.
5. Are there any new projects that you are working on that you would like to share?
Always working on new projects. I have a Jeckyl and Hyde idea with clay I am thinking about, many more paper Mache rings and also another coffin
|One of her coffins|
6. What is your favorite medium/material to work with? paint, resin, fabric, feathers?
I like it all, but I have a soft spot for rhinestones which is funny considering the items I have in my shop. I am willing to try them all though and they have all worked well for me
|Pie Necklace made with Heart... I mean love|
7. Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years from now?
Happy, still crafting and hopefully a little niche made for myself in the art world
8. What is your favorite horror movie?
Way too many. I am not into gore horror, for the most part. I like the suspense types. A horror movie that can terrify you without the blood. If I had to name a few it would be “Let the Right One In”(original) “Tale of Two Sisters”, “Exorcist” and with tads of gore “Ginger Snaps”
|Ouija Board Necklace|
9. What advice would you give to a new Etsy seller?
Don’t give up. NETWORK NETWORK AND NETWORK. Create treasuries, get on teams. It’s a lot of work and it will not happen overnight, but if your product is good and you do these things, you will get noticed.