April 25, 2010

SPOTLIGHT Moments!

We would like for you to met some member's of our team that have formed a team of their own.
Handmade Hooligans aka Katie, Andrea and Wendy, have been spreading their handmade love all over Texas.
Enjoy reading about these hard core crafty chicks!
We luv them, and know you will too.




Tell us a bit about yourself
(name, location, affiliations, and personal stuff).
Handmade Hooligans (Katie, Andrea, & Wendy). We are in Ft Worth--mostly. The Hooligans started out as a way for Katie and Andrea to spend more time together without the menfolk hanging around. When Wendy came down from Canada we had to giver her something to do so she would stay with us. She had already left us once for the Great White North, and we couldn't bear the thought of her going again.


What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?

A pony bead keyring for my mom in elementary.

How and why did you make it?
I lined them up on a mold and baked it. It was a Girl Scout activity.


What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
We love collage art, so that's what alot of what we do comes from. It's fun to see what kind of different perspective we get from looking at printed materials through the window of our pre-sized glass.





What are your favorite materials?
Right now it's obviously paper, glass and solder. However, we are up for anything. We've had our times covered in yarn, felt, feathers, glitter, resin, ink, and had many many cuts from broken china.


Any tips for selling handmade stuff?

Don't be afraid to try any show or handmade site once. You never know where your niche may be. We have done the most horrid shows, but they led us to where we are now. We do mostly Burlesque and Kustom Kulture shows, that's us. We started off at high school craft fairs and trade days type shows. The only people there who got our sense of humor were the kids, and they aren't going to sacrifice their allowance on stuff that doesn't come from Hot Topic.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Katie and Wendy are dog groomers, and Andrea is the buyer for Sunflower Shoppe Colleyville

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

Andrea-my mom did ceramics when I was little. She made me a blue ceramic duck that looks like a stuffed animal. When I move it doesn't get packed, I carry it by hand to my new place.


What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Be patient. Esty is a crowded world. If you have many things to put in your store don't do it all at once. Just do a little bit every day or two. That keeps you on the top of the list when people search for items.

How do you promote your work?

We have a Facebook fanpage that is connected to our Twitter account. We wear something of ours almost all the time. We also have a unique logo that matches our banner. We're known as "The girls with the brass knuckle sign" at shows. It has become the thing that makes us easily identifiable in a crowded show.


Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
Scour bookstores, thrift stores, friends houses for printed material that looks like it has some potential. Hurry home and whip out the trusty Xacto knife and glass pieces. Get munchies and beer. Turn on the radio or put in some kind of girlie movie that runs the men off. Start going through books and magazines to see what kind of cool stuff we can find. After we have successfully destroyed all the printed material we can get our hands on, we start putting them together with the back pieces. Finding the right pattern of back side is almost as fun as finding the pictures. Then it's time to tape, solder, and clean. We run an awesome assembly line for that now that we have Wendy.




What first made you want to become an artist?

We just thought it would be the bees knees to create and wear our own original stuff. Who wants to wear mass produced junk that's made in China? Stand up and be original. Maybe if more people did that, then the mass markets would get the idea that original, individual things could be the next big thing. Oh and we can't forget about the goddess that is Betsey Johnson.

Thanks to you all for sharing with us.
Makes me wish I had a creative team too!

1 comment:

Handmade Hooligans said...

New stuff coming this month! Huge pendants! Vintage movie poster theme!