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Featured Seller: craftpaca

Feb 21, 2007

by craftpaca

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

 

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

My name is Julie Hollifield and I was born in the flattest corner of West Texas where the horizon is completely flat. At some point my family and I left Texas and moved to California where I studied fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. I guess I couldn’t stay away from the countryside, because I currently live in Bloomington, Indiana with my boyfriend and our two cats (Valentine and Orion). I am also a student at Indiana University where I am majoring in Apparel Merchandising with a business minor.

 

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

Last time I went to visit my parents I found this thick paper catalog that I remember making when I was 8 years old. It featured everything from earrings and swimming suits to evening gowns, which were all drawn in crayon. It was actually eerily detailed and included style numbers, descriptions of the materials, and various colors offered. I remember also drawing each item on to separate pieces of paper and creating a store in the family room. I separated walls into departments and priced everything accordingly. I also invited people to come visit the store for the grand opening and stood in the room very sinisterly while they evaluated the garments.

 

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I think most of my inspiration comes from dreams of pastoral life. I am seriously obsessed with cute mammals and birds, which are reflected in most of my designs.

 

What are your favorite materials?

My favorite materials are soft knits, fluffy polyfill, and all colors of screen-printing ink.

 

What is your favorite color?

I adore the color combination of pale blue, silver, and deep red. If I had to pick a single color, I think I would choose light turquoise.

 

What are your most and least two favorite films?

My favorite films are The Royal Tenenbaums and Marie Antoinette. I admire the meticulous details in the set designs and costumes, as well as the music that accompanies each scene. I am not sure what my least favorites are. It is funny how people usually keep a list of their favorites, but not for their least favorites.

 

What are you reading right now?

Since I’m still finishing up school right now almost all my reading time is devoted to textbooks. For Christmas though we got this great book called “World Changing” which has all kind of things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Every night we’ve been reading some helpful tips.

 

Any tips on selling handmade stuff?

Part of the fun of crafting is exchanging and sharing ideas with others and building a little family of people from all over the world who receive a little piece of your work. My customers are the most important part of Craftpaca. So my biggest tip is to treat each customer with respect and to go out of your way to thank them for their support.

 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Our house is pretty much a continual zone of creativity. When I’m not working on new projects of Etsy, I’m usually studying. (oh and sleep sometimes intervenes)! We run a small record label called Notenuf Records (www.notenuf.net) out of our house and our basement has a little home-made screen printing lab that we share with our friends. Right now we are buried in snow, but when it is warmer I love riding my bike around Bloomington.

 

How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?

Etsy is amazing and I am so impressed with all the new features that arrived with V2. The only thing I really miss is the “relist” button on the old sold page. This is merely because it was a time saver when listing duplicated items.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Etsy V2 does have a relist option! Simply go to your sold items page, click on the item you wish to relist, and underneath the bold orange “sold date” text you will see two options: view receipt or relist. Click relist and you’ll be on your way!

 

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