staceyrebecca's shop is filled with puppets! She makes both finger & hand puppets for sale. Who doesn't love a puppet? One of my favorite toys when I was a kid was this huge obnoxiously pink puppet. I was totally stoked to do this interview with puppet master Stacey Gordon.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My grandfather carved marionettes when I was little. It wasn't his job, just one of the many things he carved when he was making art. My aunt crocheted puppets, my mom sewed them. I come from a very talented family, so this kind of thing wasn't necessarily discouraged.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
In the whole wide world!? oh my gosh...um..umm..um...eat? breathe? laugh? Oh its such a tossup.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
finding the balance between marketing and creating.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
This is difficult...would I like a super-amazingly awesome custom hand puppet? It's difficult to say because the things I would most like to receive are the things I don't put in my shop. (Mustachioed bacon, for example)
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
This is not a one-word answer.
When I was tiny I wanted to be a Muppet on Sesame Street. I figured out that I wasn't made of fur/fleece, so I was bent on becoming one of the kids on sesame street when I grew up. (I now know the flaw in that)
In school, they make you pick an actual occupation, so I decided I wanted to be a nurse, until the 2nd grade when my teacher pointed out that I spelled "nurse" wrong and that I'd be dealing with giving people shots.
I never really gave up the dream of being a kid on sesame street (I think some people call it acting) until I went to college & actually had to choose a major. I chose education. Why? So I could play with the toys in the classroom. And yes, that is what I told people when I was 18.
Taking a semester off to work at Disney World opened my eyes to the fact that I really didn't want to go back, finish my degree and become a boring person. I went back and took acting classes and decided that's what I wanted to do. Puppetry is just acting for those of us who like to play with toys.
What other shops out there do you love?
well, i love dosidough.etsy.com and oktak.etsy.com and feltathome.etsy.com and underroos.etsy.com and plushoff.etsy.com and spidercamp.etsy.com and ohsoretro.etsy.com and jellybeans.etsy.com ......ok i have like 38 pages of really boss-awesome favorites...I'd suggest looking there.
What does your future hold?
1000 fans. I want to go ahead and get 1000 true fans and I think this is the year to do it. I really only think I need 997 more, anyway. I probably have 3 true fans out there already, so that's cool. Other than that, I don't know for sure. I've got some neat projects on the horizon that I can't talk about, and then some neat ones that may or may not pan out. I'll just work hard and make myself & my family laugh as much as possible.
Visit Stacey on staceyrebecca.etsy.com or puppetpie.blogspot.com. And Stacey, I think you only need 996 more fans. For real.