Friday, January 16, 2009

Spotlight on Queer Team Member thickneckarts!

A rousing interview with Queer team member thickneckarts conducted by the spectacular fauxsure:

How did you first start selling on etsy? How long have you been selling? Do you sell anywhere else?
A friend of mine introduced me to Etsy. I was looking for a online site that was relatively inexpensive and low maintenance.

I joined Etsy in May 2008. I haven't branched out to any other sites really. Not for selling anyway.

Where do your ideas/ inspiration come from ?
Colors. Mostly monochromatic systems. I love mixing colors that you wouldn't normally put together and then the bead, or pendant or painting, come out looking super sweet. I'm also a huge advocate for recycling and upcycling. I think people should get more excited about the different ways their "old" stuff can be used rather than buying new stuff to replace it. I rarely throw anything away without first putting it to use for something else, or breaking it down and making something out of its parts.
Tell us a little about your typical creative process and how you go about making your work. What kinds of stages do you usually go through? Is your process varied depending on what materials you're working with?
When it comes to the polymer clay beads, I'll be going about my business and just see 3 or 4 colors in my surroundings (natural or otherwise) and wonder how they would look together. Then I'll tinker with layering them, checkerboarding them, maybe swirling them, until I get the result I like best. Some times the color scheme is good but the shape it ends up in, like a barrel bead or flat pendant, makes it even better.

Right now, I'm really into creating color schemes that excite or fit my mood and the material doesn't really matter. The end results I want are driven by the hues of the world, not necessarily their vehicles.
Your shop is very diverse. How do you decide what to list? Are there more areas you'd like to branch out into in the future?
Right now, I mostly list the second best of my work. My best work tends to go to friends or family. And my partner usually gets the best of the jewelry. lol.

I'd love to branch out into screenprinting as my first love is drawing and sketching. When I was younger I wanted to start a t-shirt printing co. and just make rad t-shirts with crazy designs and stencil pics on them. We'll see...

How did you get started with papermaking?
Their are a couple of entertainment "newspapers" here in town and I used to pick them up at work to look through at lunch. They began accumulating in the back of my truck and I kept forgetting to take them to recycling. One day I was on looking for bookbinding help when I came across a DIY recycled paper instructable. Since then, I've destroyed our blender, 4 or 5 picture frames and dyed our pie spatula red!

Tell us a little about your YouTube channel. How did you get started making videos related to your work?
I've only got a couple of videos on YouTube. One for making a tin and one for making a stencil print. A friend of mine suggested people might dig buying a product they could watch being made. I felt like that fit right in with the handmade crafts genre. What other product can you buy and see the actual work being done to create it? Kinda makes the purchase more personal I think.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
Right now, newspaper. The ending product isn't as durable as I'd like it to be (still working on that) but at then end of the day, it's completely biodegradable. What's better than giving someone a card for a birthday or holiday and know that even if they toss it in the trash instead of recycling, it will still biodegrade?

Do you also buy things on etsy? What sorts of items have you purchased?
I do. Whenever I'm looking for gifts, Etsy is the first place I go. So far I've purchased mostly jewelry.

Are there other creative projects you are involved in outside of your work in your etsy shop?

I write. Mostly poetry but I'm tip-toeing in the short story genre.

Besides art/ crafty stuff, what else do you like doing in your free time?
Composting. Learning how to lessen my impact on the environment. Trying to raise awareness of how easy it really is to lessen your own impact on the environment. It's really just a matter of re-training your thinking about every day habits. That alone can make a huge difference!
Does your queer identity come into play in your work?
If it does, it isn't planned. I mean, I've done a couple of rainbow beads and pendants but that's about it. I am queer but that's not who I am. And I want people to dig my work because they just plain dig it. Not necessarily because we have that one thing in common.

What are your hopes for the Queer Etsy Street Team? What brought you to join?
I would like to see the team grow in numbers. What I hope for any queer group I join is to raise an awareness of differences as commonalities and to create a positive path for younger generations to follow.

Do you have any goals for your shop in 2009?

For 2009, I'd love to perfect recycling paper into giftables, such as cards, scrapbook pages, journal pages or journal covers!


marie said...

I LOVE all this creative energy.

Etsy Queers said...

Thanks Marie!