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Featured Seller: artnoose

Jun 5, 2006

by artnoose

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

 

Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is actually artnoose. Okay, okay, it doesn’t say that on my birth certificate, but it is what everyone calls me, except maybe my parents. I took on the name in 1994 when I was doing mail art, and then eventually people started calling me that, and here I am. I’m 33 years old, which is still young enough to find myself in mosh pits from time to time. I live in the East (SF) Bay with two housemates. I’ve been publishing the zine Ker-bloom every two months for ten years.

 

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

I remember entering a Easter art competition when I was about 4. I think it just involved a lot of glue and glitter on an egg-shaped piece of paper. I won a toy bunny that I named Mr. Sassafras. I think I did it because I really liked glue and glitter at the time. My mom is an elementary school teacher and my dad is an architect, so I grew up in a house where art materials were available at an early age.

 

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas for my zines come from my experiences navigating in this mad, mad world. I am always inspired by people who struggle against difficult odds and are able to not only overcome them but emerge the other side as better people. I am inspired by the candor and honesty with which people tell their stories.

 

What are your favorite materials?

I love the handmade and Japanese screenprinted papers I use in my cards. Sometimes I find it hard to even cut up some of the elaborate yuzen papers because they are just so beautiful. I just have to sit there and look at them for a while.

 

What is your favorite color?

I have a very, very soft spot in my heart for orange. However, black remains the mainstay of my wardrobe.

 

Any tips on selling handmade stuff?

My biggest suggestion would be to do something you love in the context of living an amazing life. I make a living off of my letterpress printing now, but that wasn’t always the case, and I used to have to work jobs to support my craft when it couldn’t support itself. Do it because you love it, and make other people’s lives better because of what you do and who you are. On a more Etsy-specific level, listen to what other sellers have to say. Read the forums. There’s a wealth of smart, talented and experienced sellers giving great suggestions if you look for them.

 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I ride my bike everywhere— in town and touring. I also love baking cookies, and vegan cuisine in general. I like seeing movies either at the second-run joint down in Oakland or up the street where my friend works and I can get in for free. I read a lot of radical non-fiction and attend not one but two study groups. I volunteer at the an infoshop in Berkeley and help do the yearly Slingshot Organizer.

 

How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?

As with many sellers, I am looking forward to being able to organize my shop according to categories. Also, a batch-editing feature would be grand, as would a shopping cart system, even if it was just within one seller’s store. All in all though, I’m very happy with my Etsy experience.

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Letterpress DND Zine
Letterpress DND Zine
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$3.00 USD
Fall Letterpress Print - free ship
Fall Letterpress Print - free ship
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$5.00 USD
Cat Fun Pack
Cat Fun Pack
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$10.00 USD
One-Year Subscription to Ker-bloom letterpress zine
One-Year Subscription to Ker-bloom letterpress zine
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$20.00 USD
instant collection letterpress zines
instant collection letterpress zines
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$134.00 USD
Megan Rapinoe fun pack
Megan Rapinoe fun pack
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$8.00 USD
Sea kelp linoblock print
Sea kelp linoblock print
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$5.00 USD
Display copy Ker-bloom letterpress volume 4
Display copy Ker-bloom letterpress volume 4
artnoose
$50.00 USD
Letterpress Lord of the Rings Quote
Letterpress Lord of the Rings Quote
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$5.00 USD
Rainbow circle letterpress print
Rainbow circle letterpress print
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$5.00 USD
Pants letterpress fun pack
Pants letterpress fun pack
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$7.00 USD
We Can Do This letterpress print
We Can Do This letterpress print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Kerbloom letterpress zine anniversary issue
Kerbloom letterpress zine anniversary issue
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Ker-bloom letterpress zine 38
Ker-bloom letterpress zine 38
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$2.00 USD
Letterpress zine number 91
Letterpress zine number 91
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Spider letterpress print
Spider letterpress print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Praying mantis linoblock print
Praying mantis linoblock print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Letterpress cat volcano print
Letterpress cat volcano print
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$5.00 USD
Assorted custom letterpress samples - baby
Assorted custom letterpress samples - baby
artnoose
$1.00 USD
Assorted custom letterpress samples - wedding
Assorted custom letterpress samples - wedding
artnoose
$1.00 USD
Letterpress Tolkien zine about Hobbit films
Letterpress Tolkien zine about Hobbit films
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Kerbloom letterpress zine 110 about moving back
Kerbloom letterpress zine 110 about moving back
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Watership Down fun pack
Watership Down fun pack
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Kerbloom 25th Jubilee Zine
Kerbloom 25th Jubilee Zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Letterpress heartbreak zine
Letterpress heartbreak zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Kerbloom letterpress zine 115
Kerbloom letterpress zine 115
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Go With The Float jellyfish print
Go With The Float jellyfish print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
striped letterpress zine
striped letterpress zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Linoblock work boots print
Linoblock work boots print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Tolkien Fun Pack
Tolkien Fun Pack
artnoose
$17.00 USD
Letterpress Tolkien quote about victory
Letterpress Tolkien quote about victory
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Purple gender identity zine
Purple gender identity zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Linoblock cat print
Linoblock cat print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Another pandemic breakup zine
Another pandemic breakup zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Kerbloom 43 gaming zine
Kerbloom 43 gaming zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Kerbloom 68 letterpress zine
Kerbloom 68 letterpress zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Fancy paper scrap pack
Fancy paper scrap pack
artnoose
$1.00 USD
Letterpress grief zine
Letterpress grief zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Letterpress zine about moving
Letterpress zine about moving
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Cargo bike letterpress zine
Cargo bike letterpress zine
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$2.00 USD
Ker-bloom letterpress zine 119
Ker-bloom letterpress zine 119
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Letterpress zine about moving cross country
Letterpress zine about moving cross country
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Letterpress St Denis mini print
Letterpress St Denis mini print
artnoose
$1.00 USD
California Sea Lion letterpress print
California Sea Lion letterpress print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Letterpress extinct Hawaiian snail print
Letterpress extinct Hawaiian snail print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Purple Haired Lesbian Goddess print
Purple Haired Lesbian Goddess print
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Letterpress pants zine
Letterpress pants zine
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$2.00 USD
Pandemic kid interview zine
Pandemic kid interview zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Pandemic homeschool letterpress zine
Pandemic homeschool letterpress zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Letterpress zine about Olympia
Letterpress zine about Olympia
artnoose
$3.00 USD
World Cup soccer letterpress zine
World Cup soccer letterpress zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Letterpress zine about Aragorn
Letterpress zine about Aragorn
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Letterpress tooth zine
Letterpress tooth zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Letterpress Pandemic Zine
Letterpress Pandemic Zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Pandemic heartbreak letterpress zine
Pandemic heartbreak letterpress zine
artnoose
$3.00 USD
Letterpress cats zine
Letterpress cats zine
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$3.00 USD
Melrakki arctic fox letterpress print in blue
Melrakki arctic fox letterpress print in blue
artnoose
$5.00 USD
Letterpress Molokai zine
Letterpress Molokai zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Watership Down letterpress zine
Watership Down letterpress zine
artnoose
$2.00 USD
Tolkien mini fun pack
Tolkien mini fun pack
artnoose
$7.00 USD

1 comment

  • skbruning

    SABRA from SABRAsSHOPPE said 8 years ago

    I saw that monster machine and just had to visit your shop. It was worth it! Not only are you about an hour away at most (I'm in Vacaville)....but like you, I love paper. So this is a real treat and I'm sure I'll be loading up soon. Nice job!

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