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This is me interviewing myself in the fashion of etsy’s featured seller.

Tell you a bit about myself.

I grew up in a remote country of Northwestern China where art is not in the vocabulary but function/usefulness is the ultimate art; where all things were made by hand. I saw electric/gas cooking oven for the first time in my late twenties and had sewing machine when I am in thirties (Sigh! I wish I could turn back time).

I was told I liked to make things that I couldn’t get "normalwise"(I just created the word) when I was little.

A big chunk of my life was spent in school doing absolutely nothing but studying textbooks. When I was done with school, I went to work in a small company with the ambition to be the cooporate leader/manager in…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 21
  • Joined December 4, 2008

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leather, cotton, silk, yarn, spices

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About

This is me interviewing myself in the fashion of etsy’s featured seller.

Tell you a bit about myself.

I grew up in a remote country of Northwestern China where art is not in the vocabulary but function/usefulness is the ultimate art; where all things were made by hand. I saw electric/gas cooking oven for the first time in my late twenties and had sewing machine when I am in thirties (Sigh! I wish I could turn back time).

I was told I liked to make things that I couldn’t get "normalwise"(I just created the word) when I was little.

A big chunk of my life was spent in school doing absolutely nothing but studying textbooks. When I was done with school, I went to work in a small company with the ambition to be the cooporate leader/manager in the future. After only one and a half years, I found I was writting a letter – I fired my boss.

I am happy when I live doing things that require and allow creativity. Working in the small company at my first job didn't require or allow creativity. Although it was probably the third high pay job in the company, I was not happy. Since I found ETSY, I haven't been sleeping much, I make only a hair portion of the salary of my previous employment. I'm happier. Because a few of my dreams realized. I get to do things my way. I get to wear pajamas most time of the day. Most importantly, I'm with my daughter every second when she isn't at school. When things coming out of my hands help others, I'm rewarded by a positive feedback

I am hardworking, innovative, and entrepreneurial, on a very small scale so far. LOL 

To me, I’m still that little me, making things I can’t have otherwise to happen: Be creative, be my own boss, be with my child, be happy and healthy.

What first made me want to become an artist?

As I mentioned, art is not in the vocabulary when I was raised. But that doesn’t hurt me making things, doesn’t hurt me in love with etsy. I’m grateful for the friend who introduced me to etsy. I feel totally belong with etsy.

What does handmade mean to you?

It means limitless and control.

Please describe my creative process

As an individual and parent, at first, I create things to make my own life easier, to solve a problem or to meet my own needs which haven't been satisfactorily met after searching high and low. If what I create is helpful to myself to a degree that makes me think they can be helpful to a lot others like me, I list them to sell.

What handmade possession do I most cherish?
I wish I could cherish anything my parents made as they did weave, knit, and sew, almost everything by hand then. But they are all gone when I was very young. I do cherish the memory of happy childhood playing beside them while they were hand making things.

What advice would I give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Besides make good things and take beautiful pictures, be kind to everybody coming in interaction with you from the very beginning. What goes aroud comes around.

What are my favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

I love the overall, the whole thing of etsy. If I have to name features, it got to be Alchemy, etsy finds, featured seller. Jus to name a few. I'd like to see etsy wide gift card. The feature I'd like most is the ability of quantity in item listings to automatically list that item as new item added when one is snached by a buyer. Another feature I have been wishing is the variation feature with a custom drop down list and different price for variations

How do I promote my work?

This is a hard one. Trying to promote my things makes me uncomfortable. Sometimes I regret talking about my things because it makes me suspicious of promoting myself. I have been first contacted by a charity organization for donation, which I did and found it had a good effect. I have been contacted by bloggers for review and giveaway, which is generally not as effective as I want. Since then I have refused a few bloggers. I don’t have facebook or tweeter. I really don’t know how to promote next. Maybe strategically list things? Maybe find the secret to be featured by etsy? LOL

In ten years, where would I like to be?

This is an easy one. Definitely more "toys" and more room to work in, still my own boss, still make things, but on at least 20 times of current scale, have about 10 employees. Time to experiment with new ideas, to polish and sharpen skills, to learn new things will be awsome. If I manage to write a few books, that will be awsome. Some funding and time for travel will be great. Above all, I want to be healthy and happy.

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