Well I’ve been kicked into action to write on my blog today. I’m taking part in a fun blog hop with other bloggers in the Brighton Etsy Team. The idea is to answer the following 4 questions and then to nominate others to do the same.
I’ve been nominated by Victoria Sol to answer the questions and I hope you find it interesting?!? Thank you for nominating me Victoria. And thanks to the Brighton Etsy Team for encouraging everyone to take part.
What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?
I started jewellery making as a hobby back in 1999 when I was working as an Air Quality Analyst at King’s College London. Silver jewellery making combined my desire to design with getting messy with metal, I loved it! It soon became my dream to design and make jewellery for a living. I’ve been working to achieve this dream ever since. I opened my Etsy shop selling my silver and enamel jewellery designs in 2011.
We’re looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy Team this month (you can follow along with #btnetsygoals!) Can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?
Recently I put aside a week to do my stock take and plan my business year ahead. It really did take a whole week but I’m glad I did it. One of my goals is to have professional photos taken of my jewellery collections being modelled. When you’re selling online your photos need to be as good as if you are seeing the jewellery in real life. I’ve had to save up for a professional photo shoot but now I’m finally ready. My aim is to do this in March so watch this space.
What are you working on at the moment?
I always have many things on the go at once. I’m working on a new jewellery collection right now. With a background in Biology I’m drawn to the natural world and love abstracting shapes from this in my designs. I like clean lines, bold shapes, textures and strong colours. My new collection is focused on these elements.
I’m also working on a very special jewellery commission to make wedding rings for some friends of mine. I can’t show you too much at the moment as it is a work in progress but here is a sneak peak…
If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own design/craft business one piece of advice, what would you say?
Don’t be afraid to start. You can keep on learning and improving as you go. I’ve learnt so much since I opened my Etsy shop in 2011 from reading and talking to other Etsy sellers. I’ve also taken many jewellery courses and will continue to do so. There is so much more I want to learn. The learning process never ends. Evolve and grow while you learn.
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