Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Lynda Lye from Singapore. I spent 4 years in Chicago, and got my BFA from the School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago. I have always felt like I belong to another world, of enchanted forests, filled with magical animals and imaginary creatures. I was fed with (too much) bizarre fairytales as a child and thus take inspiration from the world I’ve created in my head. I used to work aimlessly, all day and night, doing dreary monotonous work of rush ads and design jobs. My imagination and ideas for my wares were my only escape. Now, my goal and joy is pervasive creativity, and my wish is to be able to put my designs on all things possible.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I suppose it’s the finger print painting of a flower and an elephant done with my mother’s stamp inkpad. I don’t remember how or why I drew them, I was only 2 years old then. My dad kept them and says that is my first official artwork.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
Imaginary tales, fairytales, bizarre tales, all set in and around magical mystical forests, inspire me. I love to watch and see animals, cartoons, and all things cute, spunky and colorful. And my graphic arts background has not left my system, so I still love flipping through colorful and exciting graphic books, especially those from Japan and Europe. So my ideas basically come from all these avenues, other than from my imagination.
What are your favorite materials?
I used to love only paper. Now, my favorite materials include all sorts of fabric, especially felt, and vintage/retro fabrics.
Any tips for selling handmade stuff?
I’m still new and learning everyday, but I’ve gathered a handful of advice I always stick to. Always try to keep the quality of your items good – handmade stuff do not have to look “handmade”, because you’re just not going to get any repeat buyers once they have experienced the quality of your products. Also try to come up with new designs regularly, if not, your buyers will have nothing to come back for. And try to keep your prices competitive – buy wholesale supplies instead of buying them at retail prices, because in the end, you’re just going to pass the extra costs to the buyer and discourage them from buying. Last but not least, a good photo definitely helps with sales!
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I look for more things to create. I try to bum around the beach. I love to travel and soak in different sights and culture and experience new things. I enjoy live bands and most kinds of music. I like being crazy with my boyfriend cum business partner. I love annoying my cat. I enjoy good food and drinks. I drink too much coffee. I like to observe people and let human behavior baffle me.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
I think Etsy is the greatest! All the coolest features I can think of and can’t think of have already been thought of and implemented by you all!
What is your favorite color?
I love all colors and my favorites always change. Though for the longest time now, it has been all shades of green.