Handmade Chat Janny’s Girl

Jannysgirl Summer Scarf
Summer Infinity Scarf

“I love browsing through fabric stores and dreaming of what a beautiful piece of fabric will become. Sparkly buttons, lace and vintage dresses have a special place in my heart. Who wore them in a time past, what was her life like, how did she feel when she wore it. Those are the things that inspire me to create.”

Jannysgirl totes chevron
Tote bag set

“I began sewing at a very young age. My earliest memories are of sewing with my Mother. We hand stitched doll clothes as we couldn’t afford a sewing machine at that time. As I grew older, my passion for sewing became stronger. I began making my own clothes for school. Then began making handmade gifts for family and friends. I have my Mother to thank for being my greatest teacher. She taught me everything I know. Some of my prized possessions are the handmade baby clothes my mother hand stitched for me and the 2 baby scarves she knitted for my son before she passed away.”

Jannysgirl handmade scarf
White Cotton Gauze Scarf

“My advice is educate yourself beforehand by reading how to books, blogs and even the Etsy seller handbook. Gaining as much knowledge about what you want to sell is key to being successful. You have to love what you do, so let your creativity flow. Check out the competition and don’t under price what you create and never try to match or compete with big box store pricing. What you make with your own hands from your own creative mind, the story you tell will speak volumes to the buyer.

My other advice is to treat your customers as if it were their birthday everyday. Communication and Thank You’s for your customers will keep them coming back. And, you will meet some wonderful people along the journey as well.”

Jennysgirl handmade scarves
Cotton Scarf in Beach Glass

“I love Etsy and have met some of the nicest people. I have so many favorites, but here are just a few very talented Etsy artists I know:
Kelly Bermudez
CariJoy Designs
A and B Design Studio
The Painted Mug
And many, many more, too numerous to mention them all”

You may find Janny’s Girl on Etsy and Facebook.

Handmade Chat

Handmade Chat Sculpture in Design

When I was a little girl, my mother and I took pottery classes at the famous Detroit landmark, Pewabic Pottery. My mom is very creative and tried to encourage an interest in the arts in both her children. Because I attended pottery classes, I have always appreciated the art of ceramics and know the amount of time it takes to produce a unique piece. Sometimes, you have a piece of clay exactly as you wish it to look and it is ruined in the firing process. Patience and tenacity are essential qualities for a successful sculptor, not just an artistic eye.

I was so pleased to run across the sculpture and ceramic designer, Dima from SCULPTUREinDESIGN, on Etsy. Dima’s pieces are each made by hand and his lovely personality shows through in his work, showcasing fantastic expression filled faces and reflections of important fixtures of Israel.

Handmade Chat with Dima, of SCULPTUREinDESIGN.

“My name is Dima. In 2013 I finished my studies at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem. Today I’m working as a sculptor and a ceramic designer from my studio in Tel Aviv. And I’m delighted to share with you some of my handmade ceramic creations.”

What inspires you to create?
“The combination of functional design and conceptual esthetic art in everyday objects. I really enjoy designing and making objects that are functional and yet, give space for thought.”

Hands planter

“Every item is made with care and love. I absolutely love the organic nature of ceramics and bringing the character out of the material. And I think it is necessary to alternate mass production world.”

Do you have a background in your craft or formal training?
“Yes, I am a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, Israel (2009 – 2013, B.F.A., Faculty: Ceramics Design).” 
What advice would you give to someone considering a handmade business?

” Just don’t be afraid to start! There are many people who started their business the same way, and they will be glad to help you with a ton of great advices in many, many Etsy forums.”

Kissing Face Cup

Who are some of your favorite Handmade artists?
“I love many great and creative Etsy artists. Some of them are: the illustrator Ashley Percival, who makes beautiful and vibrant modern styled illustrations; Photographer – Caryn Drexl, her surreal works are very impressive and inspiring; And I love so much Annapavlovna’s stuffed toys – every toy the girls do is so special and has its own character and living soul.”

What are your business goals for the coming year?
“I think, my main goal is to create my design and make my objects in such a way that will be understood by people from different social groups and different countries, and will inspire them.”

You may find SCULPTUREinDESIGN on Etsy and Facebook.