This week, we interviewed Amy of Crafty Willows. Let's go!
Tell us a little about the items in your shop. What do you make?
I primarily make wire wrapped jewelry in interesting and flowing designs. In the near future I hope to expand to stained glass and etched glass pendants.
What is your creative process?
My creative processes are all over the place! For awhile I was getting inspiration from crop circles and gothic gates (still have a few more of those planned) and sometimes I just get inspiration from just staring out the window. Most of the time I just take a piece of wire and start shaping it without any real idea of what I am trying to make.
Which Etsy Teams do you belong to?
Amys in the Arts
Bringing Unselfishness Your Way
When you are not creating things, what do you do?
Chatting with people on the BPAL forum! GUSPers Forever! ;) I also am interested in mead-making and brewing, though I guess that kinda counts as creating things.
Tell us two random, interesting things about you.
1. I used to be a karate instructor in high school.
2. I loved rapier fencing in the SCA and really wish I could start that up again. My sword's name is Precious!
What has been your proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
Probably my first sale. This really nice gal from the Etsy forums saw one of my necklaces and just had to have it! It was really a moment of "I can't believe someone actually wants to purchase something I made!!"
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Use the Etsy forums! There is a TON of good information on there! If you have any questions about picture taking, improving your listings, and such, there are tons of topics there to help you out!
What handmade possession do you cherish?
There are so many! I really cherish this rainbow knitted blanket my grandmother made for me years ago. Also, this cute dragon that my friend crocheted for me. He lives above my computer!
If you could have any item on Etsy regardless of price, what would it be?
I would definitely have to have a house built around these!! I also really love this gown!
What other skill or talent do you wish you could possess, if you had not taken this creative path?
I definitely wish I had explored the sciences more while I was in college. I kept telling myself that I hated math and chemistry which really wasn't true. I was actually pretty good at math... I would have loved now to go back and try a different major like Marine Biology, Engineering, or Astronomy. I majored in Film Studies and Anthropology which was fun, but it has been impossible for me to find a job in those fields.
Where else can we find you on the web?
That's all for this time! Thank you for reading, and happy holidays!