Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Interview Series Day 25: Wholly Craft! and Tonic Shop
What do you make?
Jewelry, buttons, and baubles of various shapes, sizes, and media. I also operate a shop featuring handmade goods from over 150 crafters and artists. We carry everything from tshirts and skirts to plush, paper goods, home décor, and much more.
How did you learn your art/craft?
Most of my craft skills were gleaned from experimentation, the internet, and the public library. I picked up various business skills from workshops through the Small Business Administration.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Lots of places, but what comes to mind is yard/estate sales. I love seeking what folks have collected over the years. I’m also inspired on a daily basis by all of the great work we have in the shop. Seeing new items from our long-time sellers always puts a smile on my face.
Do you have a "real world" job?
Your five favorite things:
Cats, Lifetime movies (or anything similarly over-dramatic and based on a true story), bourbon, feminism, and sequins.
Way too many to list them all, but some of my favorite local crafters/artists include:
Made by AmyD http://www.madebyamyd.com/
Sweet Stella Designs http://www.sweetstelladesigns.com/
Business Name: Tonic Shop
What do you make?
I make wreaths, felt flower arrangements, bookmarks, accessories and jewelry galore!
How did you learn your art/craft? Trial and error
Where do you get your inspiration from? Everywhere really...I often find color combos from all of the adorable homes in Bloomington
Do you have a "real world" job? If a full-time grad student/part-time TA counts...then yes.
Who are your favorite artists/crafters? My friend Elissa http://www.etsy.com/shop/elissawhynn, my friend Erin (also a Bloomington local) http://www.elmrea.com//, http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenniferladd, http://www.etsy.com/shop/madewithlovebyhannah, http://www.etsy.com/shop/berkleyillustration, http://www.etsy.com/shop/isotope, http://www.etsy.com/shop/andfurthermore and many many many more :)
Where can we find you?