Featured Artists

Brian Tyirin Woodwork


Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Creativity flows through all parts of my life, so I'm always creating something, whether it's a table or a piece of music or a better way to make bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.  When I need a break, I listen to audio books, walk, look at other artist creations, listen to more audio books,  walk some more, and plan to take over the world .

How do you find balance in your life?

Balance is a struggle for me.  I've been trying my whole life and I'm still looking to find it.  I'm getting better, though.

I have learned to limit myself to only 16 hours in the woodshop before taking a break. Of course my idea of taking a break is a 9-mile walk, so I'm not sure how balanced that is. Of course I don't do that everyday. But when a project clicks in my head there is no stopping. If I'm not actually working in the shop then I am thinking about more projects with the same intensity.


How did you get the Etsy bug?

It all started with brussels sprouts.  About four years ago a close friend helped me through tough times and reunited me with my love of woodworking and expressing myself through it. I was starting to create things I was proud of but didn't have a good outlet for selling things.  I didn't even know Etsy existed.  One day my friend was sad so I took pictures of a brussels sprouts assassination to cheer her up.  (That's not as crazy as it sounds - our mutual dislike of sprouts had become an inside joke.)  She retaliated by sending me some handmade crochet brussels sprouts from Etsy that were equal parts scary and awesome.   I had to investigate this Etsy thing further.

What inspires you?


How do you organize your Etsy business in your home environment?

Nature, history, people, stories, architecture..........just about everything inspires me. I really like Asian woodworking styles. Sam Maloof was an American woodworker who still blows my mind.

Organization is not my strong point, but I've learned that it's a necessary evil.  I'm a creative person, not an organizer, but I've managed to achieve carefully controlled disarray. My inventory remains small for the most part - only about 20 items at a time. I store the wooden boxes in stacked shipping boxes until they get sent out.  Larger pieces are dealt with on an individual basis, but it usually involves wrapping them and tucking them into a corner of the garage until shipment.  As I become more productive I will have to come up with some other method that's easier to use.  My woodshop itself is also an area of carefully controlled disarray.

If you could have an assistant to help you, what would you want them to do?  


It would be great to have help with marketing and internet related things. Actually I would like a minion . . . . someone to help me dress myself, and tell me when I'm acting like a freak and make me stop it. 

Where would you like to be in ten years?

In ten years I would love to be completely independent in my business, with a larger wood shop, maybe an apprentice or a partner (minions). I'd also like to be involved in some kind of regular art(s) show circuit. This should be no problem, since I will have taken over the world by then.

www.brianscustomwoodworking.com

 


Rose Mary Boyd


How do you organize your Etsy business in your home environment?

My work space???

The whole house!! It's embarrassing!!! Luckily my friends and family understand my creative craziness... and don't seem to mind the mess - at least, I don't think they do!!

There is a big pile of sari silk in the lounge room...

I usually sit on the floor in front of my big chair and watch TV while I create my silk pieces - there are bits of sari silk fibre  and scraps all over the house...

lots of different yarns on the loungeroom chairs (because I can't ever decide which one I want to use next - so need them all out around me!! - just in case I need the next one in a hurry!!

.. knitting needles, crochet hooks, measuring tapes - you can't ever have enough - as often I can't remember where I leave them... so am always buying more!!

The fibre and fabrics for felting live in my office...

The kitchen bench is a lovely long one - and just the right height for me - more felting than cooking happens in the kitchen!!! There is a rack of finished scarves and necklaces etc in my other loungeroom - by the front door - as sometimes people want to come over to have a look at my creations ( I protect my customers from the rest of the house!!! ) I can't blame the grandchildren - most of the mess is mine!!

I have always loved to create - and can't remember a time when I didn't knit or sew or crochet. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet when I was quite young - my Mum was a dressmaker and designer - she had an amazing talent - but was such a perfectionist - I never learned to sew like her - my style is a bit more rough and ready!

My Mother was very energetic - I don't think she knew how to rest!!! She always used to say idle hands were the devils playground - or something like that!! ...and always insisted I do something with my hands - I was never allowed to just sit and be.. now I don't know how to!!! I can't possibly sit and just relax without my knitting or my crochet!

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Apart from creating things...

I have been an Oncology and Palliative Care Nurse for many years... feeling a little burnt out now though, and looking forward to maybe retiring soon!!

I am excited at the thought of having more time to play with my silk etc!!
My daughter is my only claim to fame - she is an amazing artist - you may have seen some of her creations on etsy - she is 'the' Holly from RawHemline...

I am very blessed to have two beautiful grandchildren who share a large part of my life!! I do have a husband - I suppose I should mention him!!! (he is the one after all who gave me the name 'Plumfish' many years ago.. we still don't know why... he is very used to my creative mess - and simply continues to encourage and clean up after me! LOL!!

I have the most beautiful little dog - his name is Elijah - he thinks he is a BIG dog, with a big personality and lots of love... (Shizu/Maltese cross) and we are co-dependent!!

I have always loved to create - and can't remember a time when I didn't knit or sew or crochet. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet when I was quite young - my Mum was a dressmaker and designer - she had an amazing talent - but was such a perfectionist - I never learned to sew like her - my style is a bit more rough and ready!


My Mother was very energetic - I don't think she knew how to rest!!! She always used to say idle hands were the devils playground - or something like that!! ...and always insisted I do something with my hands - I was never allowed to just sit and be.. now I don't know how to!!! I can't possibly sit and just relax without my knitting or my crochet!
 

How do you find balance in your life?


Balance... that is not a word I often use in my life!! I am usually busy all the time - between working, and looking after the grandchildren, and the everyday  routine of homelife, I have had very little time to play ( hope that is going to change very soon though! )

Most of my creations happen in the wee small hours... when everyone is asleep - and the house is all mine!! I am naturally a bit of a night owl anyway ... and enjoy the early hours of the morning ... and besides, inspiration seems to come at the strangest times!!! and once it hits - there is no stopping it!! I never have enough sleep - I am always tired!! But somehow never too tired to begin the next scarf!

How did you get the Etsy bug?


the etsy bug...

I had never heard of etsy until a few years ago...
I used to knit for a wool shop a long time ago... ( I made a lot of sweaters - I was paid $1 per 50 gram skein and 30 cents extra to do Aaran or Fairisle... I remember doing a very large man's cardigan one time - cables and twists everywhere - dont think there was a single plain stitch on it - it took me close to 120 hours... I was paid $40 LOL!! The things you do for love...

I loved it - but it wasn't mine... I always wanted to create something of my own design... something from the depths of my soul...

I occassionaly  would sell a few scarves on eBay... in those days I had no clue about the computer and had to get my daughter to do everything for me... one of my ebay customers asked me to crochet a pattern that she had bought on etsy... and a couple of others suggested I would like etsy and encouraged me to give it a go...I didn't think I would have enough time to take etsy too seriously - but of course once I became involved and opened a shop, ( and learned how to do things myself...) I became addicted - or obsessed - or possessed - not sure which!!! and have stayed that way ever since! My husband says he doesn't know what I would do without my computer and my little piece of etsy!! I do love it - and I have met an amazing number of beautiful people on etsy. The talent and skill and passion of the thousands of artists on etsy never ceases to amaze me... it is truly wonderful to be a part of it! 

What inspires you?


What inspires me? many things inspire me - many people inspire me...the natural world - the colours and textures, the uniqueness and variation of God's own amazing creations... my daughter...the innocent beauty of children... their love and laughter...the wisdom of my grand mother... the practical joker in my brother...the undying love of my best friend, my one - eyed supporters...
the courage and strength of my many brave and beautiful patients...
 

How do you organize your Etsy business in your home environment?


in short - I don't know!!! the creative process take charge... and you do whatever it tells you to!!
 

If you could have an assistant to help you, what would you want them to do?


If I had an assistant - I would get them to do all the packing and posting LOL!!! I wouldn't be able to let go of any other part of the process!

Where would you like to be in ten years?


Hmmmm... I will wait and see what tomorrow brings...


 


 

Christine Gorn's LadyRachelsCreation7 



 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I worked as an Educational Counselor for many years, and I really loved doing it.
But since retiring, I enjoy decorating our home; cooking and baking; doing outdoor and
cultural activities with my husband; taking trips to see my family in England, Ireland, and
France; and participating in a service sorority that I belong to.

How do you find balance in your life?


I love fabrics and making useful products from them, but I also realize that doing it to
excess can be unwise. So I balance my life by leaving the weekends free for recreation,
staying in frequent contact (via phone and Skype) with my family overseas, and getting
enough sleep so that I am rested when I get back to my sewing machines!

How did you get the Etsy bug?


I was told about Etsy from the wife of the son of my husband’s boyhood friend. She is a photographer and suggested that I check it out. I am glad I did! I loved Etsy from the moment I went on it. The quality of the products of the artists and craftspeople is very
high and the range of goods is fabulous. I also like the fact that Etsy is international—that its artists and customers come from every corner of the world, which infuses it with designs, patterns, and materials that I never would have experienced otherwise.


What inspires you?

I am inspired by fabric artistry made with the highest standards of craftsmanship
and originality. I love to create my own designs and to infuse them with appealing new fabrics. I am inspired by what I see all around me—by a pattern on a skirt that could be recreated on a scarf; by a color in nature that might make a good handbag; or by a commercial design that could be adapted for decorative pillow cases. Once I am inspired, I won’t rest until I convert the inspiration into one of my products!


How do you organize your Etsy business in your home environment?

I organize Etsy work by giving my business a separate and distinct part of our home.
My husband and I have converted one of our bedrooms into my studio, containing all of my sewing machines, fabrics, and associated materials. The room is upstairs and very bright, which makes it a pleasure to work in and perfect for the fine work that often
accompanies sewing.


If you could have an assistant to help you, what would you want them to do?

If I had an assistant, I would want someone not only with the technical skill to produce
the highest quality objects, but someone who has the same commitment to the process
that I do. Ideally, my assistant would be someone passionate enough about the work that
we could share new ideas and techniques between ourselves.

Where would you like to be in ten years?

In 10 years I would like my shop to be so successful that I employ several assistants,
have a steady stream of enthusiastic customers, and have a few of my designs achieve broader commercial success. Beyond that, I hope my business could be perpetuated by one of my assistants when I am ready to leave it. That would be my wish!

Christine Gorn's