March 21, 2010

SPOTLIGHT Moments!



Etsy Fort Worth proudly introduces member Amberly Washington, Owner, Creator of Sweethead.etsy.com. Get ready to drool over the amazing works for your " Lovely Locks"!

Tell us a bit about yourself
(name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).
Amberly Washington

Just moved to McKinney, TX from Fort Worth
Etsy Texas, Junior League, Dallas A&M Club, Junior Associates Circle at the Dallas

Museum of Art
Mother of a 5 yr old - Peyton

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?
I remember being obsessed with oil painting at the age of 9.

How and why did you make it?
I saw my neighbor in his garage day and night painting. He seemed so calm and happy, so I wanted to give it a try. He taught me so much.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I really just design as it pops into my head. I noticed that when I try really hard to plan each piece out it stresses me out. I have enough stress with my day job so I just want this to be fun. I create pieces that I love and hopefully other people will like them too.

What are your favorite materials?
Feathers, feathers and more feathers!




Any tips for selling handmade stuff?
Get good pictures. It's still a struggle for me, but I am working on them. Try to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. I have skipped past an Etsy shop or two because they had one picture or the ones that they did had were dim or blurry.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
All of the school artwork my daughter gives me.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Read as many storque articles and blogs as you can, and eventually you will get your own rhythm. Also, just because you are on Etsy, doesn't mean that's your only way to promote your shop. I got a lot of traffic by just being out in the community wearing my stuff and selling at shows.




How do you promote your work?
I promote my work by posting on forums and blogs everyday, Twitter, Facebook, and word-of-mouth.

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
I usually start around 9-11pm during the week or anytime on the weekend. I am in front of the TV because I'm always behind on my favorite shows. I pretty much have a huge mess of buttons, feathers, beads, appliques in front of me, and play around with different combinations until one look satisfies me. Then I'm gluing or sewing all the pieces together. I am a little scatterbrained, so I'll quit in the middle of one, and start working on another one. This keeps it fresh for me, but I could use a bit more organization.



What first made you want to become an artist?
There wasn't an exact moment. I have always loved being creative and being around creative people.







Thank you for your time! Stop by Sweethead.etsy.com to purchase Sweet things for your head.

1 comment:

Amberly @ Sweethead Accessories said...

Thanks so much Danica! Great work!