Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Interview Wednesdays: DifferentFolks

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving to you! This is Nicole again from Blue Bicicletta, back with another interview with one of our very own SactoMetro Etsians. This week, we'll be taking a peek into the creative world of Amy at DifferentFolks. Amy has prints and t-shirts and onesies, oh my! Let's get started!

Psst: as always, we would love to do an interview with every single member of our SactoMetro Etsy Street Team, so please don't be shy! Check out this post to find out how to submit your interview!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Amy Vyvlecka and I am an artist, actor, director and choreographer living in Davis. My shop is called "Art by Amy: DifferentFolks," or simply "DifferentFolks" on etsy. I love to create and am always drawing, so I started a page to share my crafts!

When you aren’t crafting, what else are you up to?

I am highly involved in the community theatre scene as an actor, director and choreographer. I also work full time for the University of California at Davis!

What first inspired you to become a crafter/artisan?

I have a restless creative energy. I am constantly needing to draw or doodle, or find new mediums for my work. It seems I am always making something, and the more I made, the more reason I had to share it with others!

Describe your creative process. What do you do to get inspired? How do you make your pieces, when do you work on them, what materials do you use?

Whatever is handy is what I will use, but my favorite is to just take black ink to paper. I love sharpies and rollerball pens, so I keep them with me all the time in case I get a new idea. I also work well under pressure - if I have a new custom order or a logo design with a deadline, I can usually sit down and draw it very quickly (note: also really good at Pictionary!). When I screenprint I like to block off about 4 hours so I can get a lot of different things printed at once.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

A crocheted Strawberry Shortcake doll my grandmother gave to me

Name your top 3 books and musical groups.

BOOKS: Catch 22, Mountain Men Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists, Catcher in the Rye

MUSICAL GROUPS: Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews Band, Brad Paisley

What piece of Etsy advice can you give your fellow team members that has been most helpful to you so far?

I really would say that the chatrooms were a great place for me to learn how the site worked and to get some of my items shown. The chatrooms led me to the group as well!

How do you promote your Etsy shop/products?

I frequent the etsy chatrooms, and flyer whenever I get the chance. I do a few craft fairs now and then, and print my etsy site on most of my items!

What is your ultimate goal with your Etsy shop(s)/crafting/artwork?

I would love to be in an unfamiliar city and run into someone wearing a shirt I made! I think the world will be a better place if we had more robot shirts out there.

Where can we find you online?

Etsy Shop

Thanks so much Amy for sharing a bit about your creativity with us---it's contagious! Again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of you in the United States! Gobble Gobble!


Trucdart said...

This is a lovely interview. Thanks for sharing, Amy, it was lots of fun to learn about you! And Nicole, as always, you rock.

DifferentFolks said...

Thanks Nicole! I appreciate you posting my profile! Love this blog!

Rhonda said...

OMG those are sooo cute!

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