Sunday, March 8, 2009

Men Of Etsy~ MNHandmade

The winner of The Blog Giveaway IS
Congrats! I used to choose a random lucky number. Fox definitely deserved it with all her extra entries, thanks Fox! And thank you everyone who participated! I will always have more giveaways in the future, so check back here :)

I smiled all through this interview, I love his sweet answers! Pay special attention to the read text! I can only hope that my husband and I will share a bond through crafting someday. I'm still working on him! I would love to have a husband and wife team, as he talks about. :)

My husband needs this warming cherry pit neck pillow! I can just see him vegging in front of the TV with this relaxing pillow wrapped around his neck. I bet my baby could curl up really comfortably inside it for great warmth in these chilly winter nights!
And I really need the crochet hook organizer. I have far too many hooks!

Please leave a comment and let this charming artists know how much you love his work!

  • My favorite Item:It's hard to pick one favorite item, but if I have to choose I'd say: This one. It was my first listing and it's exactly like the one I use myself. Even after many uses I’m still amazed at its effect on my back after long hours hunched over the sewing machine.
  • How and when did you discover your talent? I've always enjoyed making things and figuring out how things work. Fixing cars, tinkering with computers, sewing, weaving baskets, throwing pots, carving wood…really I love to work with anything I can get my hands on.

  • What or Who do you think is the most important influence in your work?My wife and I met in college and in between classes we spent a lot of time learning the techniques behind many crafts together. We learned a little bit of everything and had a blast doing it. Now we have each found our niches but crafting is still an amazing bond between us today.

  • When do you feel the most creative and motivated?It seems like ideas are always jumping out at me. I’m very motivated throughout the process; from the designing phase to seeing my idea become a reality.

  • Where do you feel your art and yourself are going?In the long term, I would love for my art to become my career. My wife and I have dreamed of owning a shop together ever since we met our first husband and wife team at a craft fair. Etsy has brought us a step closer to our dream.

  • Have you found any pros or cons to being a male artist? Or does it even matter?One of my earliest memories is taking a quilt I made to show-n-tell in my 7th grade Home Economics class. That wasn’t something that most boys did in middle school. But just because it is not common to be a male artist in some areas of art doesn’t mean that guys shouldn’t be proud of what they do. I think it’s actually an advantage because I have a slightly different perspective.

  • Do you feel that you should be promoted on Etsy for being male? I think that each seller should have their moment to shine to shine on Etsy. Promoting different groups (whether they are defined by gender, geography, etc.) adds a level of interest for customers of every background.

  • What do you do to promote yourself?As a new etsy seller, I am currently focusing on my work. Although eventually promoting will become more of a priority, good work will always speak for itself.

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