Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
Cricket Press employs the tag-team duo of my husband Brian and myself (Sara). We met while majoring in photography at the University of Kentucky. Back when we still had no idea how artists could make a living from their art. One day Brian mentioned that we made “a pretty a good team”, and I tended to agree with him. And though we create work under the joint name…our work usually isn’t collaborative. We each create and print our own pieces…reflecting our own themes and interests. We come from backgrounds involving all sorts of creative media, from illustration to photography, graphic design to woodworking… in short, we just enjoy making stuff out of stuff.
(Any interns available so I can still continue to create new work and sell on Etsy after they arrive?)
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
Sara: When I was little I would make clothing for my toys out of old socks. I would make them food out of clay. Soon, a local dollhouse store sold my items…until another parent complained. That was my first experience with selling homemade stuff. Though, it wasn’t perfect…I knew I loved it.
Brian: I remember my dad bringing home stacks of that old printing paper – the kind that was perforated, folded up and fed through a dot-matrix printer… Anyways, I would draw these huge linear “battles” that would take up the entire stack, without even tearing the sheets apart. The whole thing unfolded out like an accordion; sort of a drawing that read like a book. I guess the allure was that it was like a giant, never-ending sheet of paper.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
What’s the most inspirational is being around passionate, productive, enthusiastic, challenging people…people that are in love with what they do and reflect that through genuine excitement for their medium. It’s these people that help me see that making art is not just a way of life, but a realistic way to make a living.
What are your favorite materials?
I think both of us can agree that it’s paper and ink. There’s just something pleasing about the way ink sits on the surface of paper; what it does while it’s there, and why. India ink, acrylic inks, printer’s inks… if there’s this tactile quality that you can feel when you run your fingers over it, that’s good.
What is your favorite color?
Brian: Orange, definitely… with grey coming in a close second. How’s that for a combo?
What are your three favorite films?
Sara: Almost Famous, Rushmore and Donnie Darko
Brian: Gosh… this is always a hard one. I’d have to say 3 favorites would be To Kill A Mockingbird, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and recently, Lost In Translation. That’s a good random sampling!
What is your favorite book?
Sara: Call me silly, but I adore the Harry Potter series.
Brian: I really enjoy Neil Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon; I’m a sucker for historical fiction.
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
-Love what you create and treat your medium with reverence.
-Practice good communication and maintain a regular shipping schedule.
-Stay productive. Make something everyday no matter how “significant”.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Sara: Apart from creating things, I don’t make time for much else. I’m obviously very boring.
Brian: I like to ride and tinker around with bicycles. It’s a nice retreat when things start to feel like, you know, “work”.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
After the launch of V2? We’re pretty content!