Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Member Spotlight: KitschenSink

This week we would like to put Rowan from KitschenSink in the spotlight!

Name: Rowan
Age: 26
Shop: KitschenSink

What kind of things do you make? Currently I am making Jewellery, but I like to try my hand at anything creative. I start a sewing class soon so I can branch out into purses which I am really excited about! I have already made a few out of actual comics but they are hand sewn and take a long time to make.

How long have you been doing your craft? I have been crafting since I was very small. My Grandma spent a lot of time teaching me how to draw, sew, embroider, decoupage… all I ever wanted for birthdays/Christmas was those Crayola sets or a fashion wheel or something that I could make things with. Luckily that’s what I got (except the Fashion Wheel, but I had a go of a neighbours and in fact you couldn’t get that creative with it).

When did you start selling & what inspired you to start selling? I have been making jewellery since 2004 when I found myself unemployed. I had spotted some really simple earrings in a boutique and was shocked at how much they were charging for them, and thought I could do better. So I started making jewellery and selling it on Ebay and it sold really well in auctions. I had to stop for a while when I started working, then started again about 18 months ago. I sold at craft fairs to see how people liked my work ‘in real life’, it pretty much sold out, and the buyers were asking for my web address. I didn’t have one…. So Etsy here I am!

Is this your full time job? I wish! I work at a university full time and do this at evenings and weekends. I hope one day I own my own shop and can sack off my 9-5!

What are your hobbies? My craft (of course! And it takes up a lot of my time!), hanging out with my closest friends, going to gigs, shopping,...

What is your favourite colour? Green – I love it and I have naturally red hair so it suits me well!

What is your favourite colour combination? To wear myself, I have a thing about mixing leopard print with any bold colour at the moment.

Which colours do you use most in your work? At the moment I am using a lot of black with red, I’m not sure why. But I love using all the colours of the rainbow!! It just depends what I come across to use in my work.

What is your number 1 tip for success? I am new to this game, so I might not be the best to give advice but I found that getting the photography right really helped me gain more hearts, and listing often.

What do you think is the most fun way to promote? I love reading blogs by similar crafters to myself, and being part of teams is really fun as you get to know other people in a similar position to yourself, all around the world!


jenscloset said...

Very cute! Great interview!

Alco Gaz said...

HA HA!! Check you out Rowan!! You're famous!

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice jewellery :D Using Lego is such a good idea

Marilyn said...

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing Rowan!

Julia said...

I am so proud of you Rowan.
Love Julia x x

KitschenSink said...

Thanks for all your comments! x

Paisley Chainsaw said...

great interview, love your stuff kitschensink!

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