Anonymous asked: do you have any tips or advice for people/artists just trying to learn how to make money off their arts/crafts? everything you do is fantastic i feel like you have success like. ingrained in your bones or something. you're so individually you and it's super inspiring.
wow thankyou so much for these words, you are very kind and it makes me wish i had really amazing advice to offer but i don’t think i do ..
the main thing that i think worked for me was starting small. don’t make plans that are too big, don’t invest money in equipment or expensive supplies, kinda go with a work with what you’ve got philosophy. don’t overthink, just make, baby steps. you’ll see what people respond to and start interacting with potential customers ..
two years ago when i decided to try my hand at making a little bit of money from crafts (i’ve always done sewing and made jewels and things for myself) i started by listing a t-shirt and a tank top on my etsy which up until that point had been all prints of my art (honestly didn’t sell very well). i had like 1k followers on tumblr then, maybe not even that. i listed the t-shirt and tank in the evening and while it took a while til they sold i woke up to an anonymous message the next day that said “why don’t you offer plus sizes!!”. which was hilarious as i’d offered TWO garments for sale. not two styles. just two THINGS. both made in my own size cause that was my point of reference. i’ll never forget that message because to me it was a sign that here is something that engages people. i guess what i’m trying to say with this weird digression is watch the universe carefully and see what it is trying to show you. clues are everywhere.
so i guess .. stay very watchful and listen to your gut, don’t overthink though cause that’ll get you tangled in a brainy mess which usually stagnates you. i’ve been caught in that trap many times and i see friends, often way more talented than myself, get stuck.
best of luck to you and have a beautiful sunday.
Anonymous asked: what do you think of the new etsy policies that say sellers could use outside manufacturers to produce their designs?
i think it SUCKS honestly. what’s the point of etsy then, it’s just like any other website for peddling things now except it also LIES to you by still saying it’s all about handmade?? at least other sites don’t pretend. i’m getting off of it when i can. it’s lost it’s soul.