Monday, September 15, 2008

Feature Artist: Claw Tree Design/Raid My Stash

1 & 2 What is your shop name and what do you sell? What is your shop URL? I have two Etsy shops. The first is is Claw Tree Design. Here I sell fiber art scarves and handbags as well as handmade jewelry in different styles. My other store Raid My Stash- a little supply shop where I sell small quantities of beads for those who want to try something new without a large investment. I have lots of little bits of beads left over, and people seem to like being able to buy small amounts.

3 When did you start selling on Etsy? I started selling on Etsy this summer, and am actually still stocking the Claw Tree Design store and plan to “launch” it this fall. I’m still figuring out how to do that. I expect it will happen in early October.

4 When did you start selling on Etsy? My favorite thing about Etsy is the creativity of the community. I can just browse for hours, amazed at the work that I see.

5 What is your favorite thing about what you sell? I love that I sell items that are actually used and worn and enjoyed by people, I love to hear someone tell me how much they still like a piece of jewelry years after they bought it.

6. What is your favorite item in your own shop and why? Currently the favorite item in my shop would be either the shell bracelet with seed beads and pearls “I found Another Shell” or the highly textured nuno felted scarf “Fall Fiesta” Both were so much fun to make, both are unique and beautiful in their own way.

7. What teams do you belong to? I belong to the West Michigan Etsy team. I am new to Etsy and therefore new to this team, but I have enjoyed meeting members of the team and am impressed by how congenial and supportive they are.

8. What is the most fun thing you do to promote your shop? I haven’t yet promoted my shop, but I will do so this fall. I appreciate suggestions… I did participate in Etsy day at the Fulton Street Artisans Market, and that was fun.

9.What are some of your favorite finds by other sellers on Etsy? I have a list of favorite items that grows daily. I lately have been looking at nature photography, ceramics, and some copper metal work jewelry. All things that I do not make, but love to have…

10.What do you do in your spare time? My art is my spare time lately. I love to read, to hang out at the lake with the kids. I enjoy knitting and crochet, I like to walk and in the winter I ski when I can.

11. Do you have anything else you would like to share? The only other thing I could share is the inspiration for the name of my shop – Claw Tree Design. A claw tree – as I call it - is a tree that for some reason has roots exposed that appear to be reaching for or clinging to the ground. I see these trees as a metaphor. They all started out as seedlings in a place that should have given them the nutrients to grow, but for some reason the ground underneath them changed, shifted, eroded, went away. Some trees then just die, but the claw tree extends its roots as far as they need to go in order to hang on to what it needs to stay alive and growing. It is a symbol of perseverance and faith. My avatar is a sketch I made years ago when learning how to draw. A claw tree was a difficult subject given my lack of experience but it turned out well. That was the first time I thought that I may just be able to create. It gave me the encouragement to continue drawing and eventually to pursue my creative urges into different mediums.

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