Interview by: Hoganfe
Did you know that the lovely shop, EdensWake is a mother and daughter collaboration? Marsha and Katie enjoy the Arkansas countryside and creating beautiful handbags, clutches and brooches.
When you stop by their Etsy shop you will the see the attention to detail as well as the variety and gorgeous color choices!
How did you get started on Etsy?
I actually heard about Etsy the first two times within just a few days. First, Martha Stewart had someone on her show that had an Etsy shop - no idea who it was b/c their particular items didn‘t interest me that much, but I thought the idea of Etsy sounded really cool and made a mental note to check it out. The second time was from my sister just a few days later; turns out she had opened a shop on Etsy (rocketsciencestyle) a couple of months before and was loving it. After that second time of hearing about it, I went and checked it out and fell in love! I immediately opened up a buying account and started making purchases of some awesome handmade stuff. :)
Several months (and many purchases) later, my mom and I decided to open a show...EdensWake!
What's your favorite part of being a shop owner on Etsy?
Hmmm…specifically to Etsy, it’s probably the opportunity it gives you to get to know so many people that are doing the same thing as you - trying to be successful at doing something they love. I’ve gotten friendly with a variety of sellers over the last year and a half that w/o Etsy I never would have encountered, and that’s been awesome. Also, it’s just incredibly awesome to log on and have a convo from a customer telling you how much they loved whatever item they bought from you - rather it’s a bride who is thrilled with the $300 clutch set she bought from you, or someone who bought a $15 pouch…it’s all equally encouraging and cool to have someone take the time to write you how much they loved your work!
What inspires you?
People inspire me. People who are talented, who work hard, and are actually succeeding at what they love to do, whatever that is. That’s such an awesome thing to me - and people who have done things like “quit their day job”, and are taking risks in going after their passion. I find it very courageous, and it inspires and encourages me to go after what I want.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I’ve always been an avid reader - I find it so incredibly relaxing to just zone out with a book, and become completely wrapped up in whatever world I’m reading about. This summer I’ve gotten into vegetable gardening, so I spend a fair amount of time in the garden every morning - most days I wake up, put sunscreen on and wait the mandatory 20-30 minutes for it to fully absorb, and then am out in the garden for an hour or two. I’m a dog lover, we have four dogs (we live way out in the country, and dogs get dumped out here a lot, so that’s where they all came from!), and I adore playing with them, and going out for hikes with them.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I don’t know if I ever decided I wanted to be an artist, exactly…I was always into writing as a kid (and ended up as an English major in college), did things like write the plays for competitions our gifted and talented program was involved in, and write tons of short stories. In college I fell for pottery, I took a ceramics class, and that was such a great way to relax. Late in the evenings after a long day, it was so great to go in the ceramics lab, put a cd on, and just create. Creating in general is just a really cool thing - it’s such a great way to clear the mind, to become totally focused on whatever you’re doing. With bag making, it just sort of happened. I like bags, I like sewing, I like sketching out ideas and turning those ideas into patterns, and I even really enjoy cutting fabric and ironing. My mom and I made some bags for ourselves and friends/fam, and ended up deciding it would be cool to open up a shop and start selling some. It quickly became something we truly loved, and that’s where I’m at now.
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Definitely try to build relationships with other sellers on Etsy…join a team, participate in the forums, etc. The advice/council/support of people who are experienced on Etsy, and dealing with the same things you are dealing with, is invaluable.
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