Monday, April 20, 2009

Interview with Funny People Co from Etsy!

As promised, here is the first of several interviews I did with some of my fellow Etsy sellers! I came up with twelve questions for each seller who wanted to be featured on my blog, and they did a great job answering them for me.

Our first seller, FunnyPeopleCo, creates funky, cool jewelry and accessories. She's also including a free surprise gift with every order she receives in April, so you still have a few days left to take advantage of that offer! Here is my interview with FunnyPeopleCo:

1. What is the name of your shop and what items do you sell?
My Shop name's FunnyPeopleCo and I sell fashion accessories for teens and 20 somethings.

2. How did you get started in your art/craft?
Since forever, always loved designing clothes and accessories; I started fashion school a few months ago.

3. Where are you located?
I'm located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

4. Do you have a day job or is your art/craft your primary source of income? If you do have a day job, what is it?
I have a day job, I'm a math tutor at a tutoring center.

5. What is your favorite part of your art/craft?
The creativity and freedom to make something and have people love it well enough to wear it!

6. What is your least favorite part of your art/craft?
Nothing!

7. Do you listen to music or watch t.v. while you work? What do you like to have on in the background?
Usually, I'm listening to music, jazz or eurodance (don't know why eurodance but it makes me really hype and more creative).

8. Given all the bad news circulating about the state of the economy lately, how do you see handmade items fitting in? Are they more or less important?
I believe there will always be room for handmade since it's unique and people like to feel that way, that they have something precious that no one else does.

9. What inspires you? What motivates you to create?
Anything! Sometimes just looking at the sky I get hit with ideas.

10. What are your favorite materials to work with? If you are a visual artist, what colors inspire you? If you are another type of artist, are there any scents/sights/sounds that inform your work?
I love pastels, pinks, light greens, purple, colors that you may find in a teens' room (and mine btw).

11. What is your favorite season and why?
I love winter, the cold, the colors, views, scents, tastes everything about it.

12. And because I’m such a foodie, if you could have anything you wanted for dinner, cooked to perfection, exactly the way you like it, what would it be?
Plain ol' mac & cheese with bacon bits, mashed potatoes and butter and corn!

Please take a minute to visit her shop at http://www.funnypeopleco.etsy.com and check out her beautiful work. Fun stuff!


7 comments:

Rose Works Jewelry said...

great interview!

Meagan Hoggarth said...

This shop is a total sham. Their "original" "handmade" pieces are all over aliexpress.com

They even steal their pictures.

So, if you love "their" product that much, why not buy 30 from China for the same price?

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/20pcs-lot-Chain-Headpiece-Headband-Hair-Piece-Bohemian-Hipster-Boho-Hippie-Bronze-Three-Strand-Turquoise-Jewelry/1851448585.html

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Diary of a Young Designer said...

Hello, I'm Sophie Touassa, the designer interviewed. For the past year we've been victims of constant stealing of our designs and photography by manufacturers in China. We have found our pieces and photography in Chinese fashion marketplaces and Alibaba, a marketplace of wholesale manufacturers that for the past year and a half have been stealing images from us, as well as other independent designers, and using them as their product pictures. They sell our pieces for a fraction of our price since they're manufactured and massively made, forcing us to compete with our own designs and photography. This has resulted in an exhausting battle that has affected our image as a company. It has become the source of countless frustrations, as well as emotional and mental exhaustion. We are a team that has put all our work, effort and creativity to create a product of quality and durability with a strong belief in ethical craftsmanship as the core of our company. We design, create, produce each and every one of our pieces and photography. Most of the models are personal friends who have been affected by this copyright infringement as well. We are completely taken aback by this comment since we feel that it could be the thought of millions out there that after searching our company's name encounter this statement. Thank you so much for reading.

PS: Sorry for the deleted posts, I had a bid of an issue with the platform while trying to post this comment.

Att. Sophie