Kari Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace, is visiting Etsy and bringing four of the book’s crafty contributors with her. We’re excited to host the next event in Etsy’s Speaker Series with The Handmade Marketplace panel on April 1, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET at the Etsy Labs in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. Be sure to RSVP here.
Not able to attend the live event? We’ll be broadcasting the panel live in Etsy’s online workshops, the Virtual Labs.
Read on for more info from the speakers visiting Etsy in April.
Kari Chapin, a.k.a. chixon
Kari has spent the past 15 years in the professional world, experimenting with marketing, publicity, freelance writing, community relations and styling. For someone who spends a great deal of time with artisans and craftspeople, it wasn’t surprising that one day a compact fluorescent light bulb went off above her head, and she sat down and wrote the best-selling The Handmade Marketplace.
Photo of Kari and her book by Eric Nixon
Kari: “The idea for my book, The Handmade Marketplace, came to me a few years ago when I was working in an adorable home goods boutique as the manager and buyer. The shop already had a strong focus on handmade goods when I came on board, but I saw an opportunity to add even more to my tiny shop’s shelves.
I started contacting Etsy sellers asking if they would be interested in selling some of their goods in my store, and lo and behold, these amazing sellers had a lot of questions for me. I found myself on a weekly basis writing up long, descriptive emails, guiding these fine folks regarding the ins and outs of working with a brick and mortar store.”
Jennifer Judd-McGee, a.k.a. swallowfield
A mixed-media artist and illustrator living in Portland, Maine, Jennifer shows her work in galleries across the U.S. and in Canada and does freelance editorial work for magazines.
Jennifer: “I love that I make and sell things directly to people all over the world. I love being able to enclose a little note with something I made and have and it go right from my hands into the recipient’s hands. It feels kind of lovely and old-fashioned, even though it is only possible due to high-powered new technology.”
swallowfield‘s Renegade booth, photo by Kari Chapin
Betsy Cross, a.k.a. betsyandiya
Portland-based Betsy is an oil and charcoal artist and a photographer, but she is mostly known for being an amazing jewelry designer. Betsy and I met each other a few years ago, and I’m not surprised by her current success. She is as gutsy and friendly and fresh as her designs.
Betsy: “My retail exists because I met an awesome jewelry designer, and asked how in the heck she has so many Etsy sales. She said one word (actually two): ‘My blog.’ Was she ever right!”
Photo by Betsy Cross
Liz Smith, a.k.a. madeinlowell
Liz runs her business out of a studio in an old textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, where she creates felted and polymer clay accessories and jewelry for craft shows and her Etsy shop.
Liz: “I love making and selling things! This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m living my dream and giving others a little bit of happiness with each thing I make. That’s just bliss.”
Photo by madeinlowell
Kim Werker, KimWerker.com
Kim is from Vancouver, Canada and is the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, the founder of CrochetMe.com, and the author or co-author of six books, including Crocheted Gifts, Crochet Me, and Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting. I “met” Kim online, through Twitter. She is an excellent resource when it comes to the topics of crafting and technology.
Kim: “Authenticity is the single most important currency in online life. Share your process, your products, your relevant work experiences. Follow the Golden Rule, and treat other people as you want to be treated.”
Photo from Crochetme.com