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Featured Seller: mmsomewhere

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Legal name given at birth in Worcester, Massachusetts back in 1978 is Marybeth Mungovan. I have many nicknames from family and friends but here on Etsy, I go by mmsomewhere. I change apartments quite frequently, anywhere between one to three times a year. My material possessions for the last ten years all fit in my small pick-up truck and in my near future, shall only fill my backpack.

My parents have always been supportive of my creative angst and I thank them. You can see some of my past work on my personalwebsite.

Scenic design work has been another outlet for my creativity for the past four years here in the US and abroad. Public art is my passion. Etsy for me is a tool to make my work available to people all over the world.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Creating/making things are 87% of my life. Traveling, paying attention to public art, playing disc golf, socializing while trying not to be a sarcastic masshole and sleeping take up the rest of my time.

What first made you want to become an artist?

I have thought of myself as an artist since I can remember, even when the definition of an artist as a child meant Charles Shultz, because I could draw as he did.

Please describe your creative process.

I take photographs almost daily, both digitally and with 35mm. The world is full of eye candy. Sometimes the work is all done within the camera; sometimes I push the work in Photoshop. The photography here on Etsy is a process I have been working with for about ten years: multiple exposures using color filters, composition, line and light.

I am very attracted to the urban cityscape but do not limit myself to it. The main reason I make the wallets and other items is to have an outlet for my photography. To me, it’s a form of public art that people can afford and own in an interesting manner. In this way, my work is seen by an immense audience and then possibly opening the airwaves of discussion amongst people on a variety of topics.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

A t-shirt hand painted with Hungarian flowers by my deceased gram.

Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

Websites:
1. Nicole Kircher
2. Cassandra Louise Baker
3. Rebecca Morgan
4. Velle
5. The Snort

Books:
1. The Pillars of the Earth
2. Art and the Public Sphere
3. Mutant Down Under
4. City of Glass
5. Conceptual Art: A Critical Anthology

Musicians:
1. David Smittcamp
2. Joanna Barbera
3. David Bowling
4. Plymouth Fury
5. Cliff Beach

Movies:
1. Panic Shower
2. 300
3. 10,000 B.C.
4. U Turn
5. The ‘Burbs

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Renew, renew, renew, renew, renew and join a Team in your city/town like I did in Denver:
The Denver Handmade Alliance.

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

Favorite feature: the ease at which I am able to talk with buyers and other sellers through convos.

Possible new feature: a list of five Etsy friends that can be promoted off to the side of my Etsy shop instead of listing them in my announcement page.

How do you promote your work?

Word of mouth, fairs, and through the kindness of bloggers such as Yes Red PandaPainting PamKoreanfornian Cooking,Objects of AffectionSimag Jewelry and Sock Monkey Beads.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

I plan on always making art so I will be happy somewhere on the planet.

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