Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
I’m Jennie Yin. A native New Yorker living in Brooklyn with my little Boston Terrier Zucco. I’m a graphic designer with a B.S. in Neural Science. This makes interesting conversation at job interviews. I started my creative career path in the fashion industry where I designed textiles, women’s knitwear, handbags and T-shirt graphics. I then went back to school at School of Visual Arts to work on my graphic design portfolio and have been a graphic designer professionally since. Metalsmithing was something I picked up while living in the Midwest for a bit. I did etchings as a hobby at the time and wanted to incorporate embossing in my prints. So I took a class to learn how to form metal. Anyway, I got hooked. Now it’s my break from working on the computer all day. It’s a great change of pace to be able to work with my hands.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
It was a collage I made in nursery school with pieces of cut-out fish glued on. The only reason I can remember this is because one of the fish came off on the way home. It made me pretty upset and I cried all the way home. Shoddy craftsmanship. To this day, I triple check my work to make sure they last 😉
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
I get inspiration from everything around me. Sometimes I could be doing research for a graphic design job and I’ll end up getting ideas for my personal work. Or I could be out shopping for a birthday card and end up with something I’d want to create as jewelry. I carry around a little note book and try to jot down ideas whenever I can. There’s also bits and pieces of napkins or receipts with notes and sketches taped to my book. So many projects, so little time… *sigh*
What are your favorite materials?
Sterling silver and pearls.
What is your favorite color?
What are your most and least two favorite films?
One of my favorites – “Groundhog Day.” The notion of picking up a new skill as time stood still around me intrigues me. There’s whole checklist of things I want to learn but never seemed to have found the time to do it.
Least favorite? Hmm… can’t think of one at the moment.
What are you reading right now?
I wish I had more time to read. Finished “Dry” not too long ago by Augusten Boroughs and just started “Freakonomics.”
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
Make what you love and network, network, network! Family and friends are your best form of advertisement.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
When I have time for a break, I play video games. I used to play World of Warcraft (right now my boyfriend is shouting GEEK). Current favorite game, Legend of Zelda on my Nintendo Wii. I also LOVE to shop for shoes. It’s a bad addiction. I hope my Etsy sales will one day cover my shoe fund.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
As a buyer, I wish there was a way for me to organize my favorites. There’s just so many wonderful things for sale on Etsy that I’ve been hearting like crazy. Now my favorites are a little hard to sort through when I’m ready to buy.
As a seller, I wish I could organize my store front better. I love having the 3 featured items on top but it would be nice if that could be extended to the entire first page (sort of like having a mini-treasury of our items as the first page of our shop).