Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
My name is Jessica Wynne Plymate, I’m 32 years old. I live in a tiny little house in Lincoln, Nebraska with my dachshund Spaz, a roommate and her one-eyed cat. I was born in a tiny little town a few hours away. There was a children’s book called Night of the Twisters written about my hometown; that sums it up perfectly. I’ve lived in alot of other places but always felt happiest here.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I know it wasn’t the first thing I made but I remember opening a new box of crayons and drawing a picture on the first page of one of my volumes of the Charlie Brown Encyclopedia. That’s the moment I knew I wanted to be an artist. I think I was 6.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
Cliche as it sounds, my ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. I could be having a conversation with a friend, listening to a record or just staring at a wall. My latest design inspiration came from a calender I bought from another Etsy seller (badkids). February 25th was Paper Hat Day, so I made everyone wear paper hats and then drew an applique design in homage.
What are your favorite materials?
Vintage! I find the best fabrics in thrift and antique shops. There are plenty of lost and forgotten treasures out there that simply need a new life as something else.
What is your favorite color?
I don’t have a favorite color, but I tend to go through color phases. Several years ago I was really into pink, so now nearly everything I own, including furniture, is pink. I like monochrome things and things with a maximum of 3 colors to them. If you were to cross me on the street you’d probably assume my favorite color is black.
What are your most and least two favorite films?
My favorite movie is Night of the Hunter. Close runners-up are Bride of Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead and Do the Right Thing. Stunning cinematography can get me past a lame plot. Least favorite? Maybe Pirates of the Caribbean.
What are you reading right now?
I’d like to say something impressive, but I’m reading a guerrilla marketing book. It’s pretty boring and much more self-help than I expected. I don’t really read very many books anymore. When I do I feel guilty, like I should be making something instead of just sitting there…as if expanding my mind were a waste of time.I
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
If you don’t love what you’re making, people will be able to tell.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Obsessive vinyl collector, movie watcher and list maker. I have a part time job in a record store, which I’ll be quitting soon. I’m in the process of opening a b&m, but the date keeps getting pushed back due to a few construction issues. Right now my life is basically Etsy and getting the store open. And praying that someday soon money really will grow on trees.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
What I really want is to be able to mark a conversation as unread. The Etsy Labs needs a teleportation device so those of us in the sticks can pay a visit.