Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
My name is Lindsey Carr, I work in Glasgow, Scotland but I live on a spectacular bit of coast just south of there. I’m not actually Scottish however, I came from a small town near Liverpool. My work is a mixture of painting, ink drawing and simple automata.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
It’s really hard to remember a single first thing. It ranges between a t-shirt which I hand painted with some strange slogans and a colouring-in book which I decided to ‘alter’. Generally speaking, most of my early art work was probably a mixture of dressing up and high theatrics.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
It’s hard to say because my influences and obsessions change all the time, but usually anything which has a high level of detail or workmanship excites me. It spurs me on to put more effort into the things I make. But generally speaking, I love comedy, inventions, the world of childish imagination and outrageous characters.
What are your favorite materials?
I’m a sucker for quality materials. But in reality, I like consistency. For that reason I mostly use acrylic inks and I also premix a lot of colours and use a limited palette. I like a flat polished surface.
What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?
I think a good finish is essential. I’d rather pay more and have it finished well than pay less and have a dissappointing experience.
Why should people buy handmade?
People should buy home made because in reality it’s not *that* much more expensive and you get something so specific and original, which is always a talking point…And also if you find someone you really like, you get to know them and follow their progress as they change…I’ve met some fabulous artists on here.
What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
I’d like to be able to filter searches by country as it’s more convenient if you need to buy something quickly. It’s probably also much more environmentally sound to localise your buying. Also, it would be nice to make trading more official. At the moment people work it out amongst themselves.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I work as an interactive designer for mobile applications. Its an interesting job and obviously there’s a creative outlet in that respect. In my spare time I practise Japanese Archery, or Kyudo as it’s known.
Read any good books lately?
Oh yes! I’m an avid reader. Recently I read Nabakov’s Lolita which is completely scandalous and disturbing but beautifully written. Other books I can recommend: The Crimson Petal and the White (Michael Faber), A Secret History (Donna Tartt), Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier), Anything by Terry Pratchett or Phillip K Dick.
In ten years I’d like to be…
I’d love to be making my own art full-time in 10 years. Or at least have more time for it than I currently do.