Artsnark's Artifacts is a fresh young shop on Etsy offering "Fanciful Objects for the Eclectic Soul." She carries an ever-changing variety of art & decorative items with some rather unusual twists. Stock is apt to change at any time, so you ought to snag anything you love now before it is gone forever! On to the interview...
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've always liked working with my hands. Doesn't matter what medium. When I was a kid I used to take things apart. My Mom was cool with it as long as I could put it back together before my Dad came home. Tried art school but it didn't take. After banging around for years, I got into antiques restoration. Last February I discovered ATCs and started drawing again after a 5 yr dry spell. For me the big boost was joining the online art group ZNE. The support I found there gave me the confidence to keep creating & to open my Etsy shop.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I like to take art supplies & my 4 yr old into the backyard & just get messy! I've got great pictures from when he was smaller sliding around on a giant canvas wearing a diaper & wet paint. A finger painting project turned performance art
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I'm so new that everything is a challenge. Marketing is a big one. Also actually putting items in my shop. I tend to make something & set it aside. I tell myself I'll get around to posting it, while moving on to the next creation.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Hmmm...tricky... I'd have to say the Sinister Gentleman - I've become quite attached to him. It was a really fun piece to make.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Always "the weird kid", when anyone asked me this question I responded "Eccentric!"
I really wanted to be a time-traveling archeologist & novel-writing baker. Either that or just make stuff.
What other shops out there do you love?
Ooh - this could be a long list!! One thing I love about Etsy is the sheer quantity & variety of talent! My #1 fave is Littlerobot. Then there's CrankBunny , TheHauntedHollowTree , TotusMel, GrandmaWasAFloozy, TomBanwell, ElizabethGraf, PaperCutsByJoe , CollageArtGirl, TwoCoolTexans, TheBagLadysArt
I really could go on & on.....
What does your future hold?
Ahh... if only my Time Unknown Necklace wasn't on the fritz!
Hopefully some visits from the "sales fairy" I keep hearing about. Mostly I just want to keep playing around with different art supplies & hope that some of what I create makes people smile.
Go see for yourself what you can dig up at Artsnark's Artifacts, and don't forget to check out her blog at ArtSnark.blogspot.com