Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
My name is Stacey Rebecca Gordon. My mom called me staceyrebecca when she was angry with me, usually for making a mess.
I grew up in a farming community called Ripon, California. Looking back, it’s really pretty adorable, but there’s not so much for an artist to do there to support herself. I now live in Phoenix, AZ. It’s definitely hotter and less adorable, but it’s full of really nice people and a really supportive culture for artists.
I love Ethiopian food. I’m a member of the Puppeteers of America. My 3-year-old wants to start pre-school. I work part-time for the Great Arizona Puppet Theater.
Most people in the world would say my husband is a mensch. I’m one of those people.
I’m in Elastic Theater with my good friends, Tommy & Mack. We do puppet shows together and I love them.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I remember making a dog ornament with half of a nutshell, a couple of pom-poms, some wiggle eyes, and gold thread. I was given the option of making that or a macaroni angel; the angels didn’t involve shiny, gold thread. I think I made the right decision. I was 3. It must be a really amazing ornament because my parents still hang it on their Christmas tree.
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
They come from the silly part of being 8 years old. The place where poo-gas is hilarious and seeing food with eyes on it isn’t gross, but rather enjoyable. When you’re young enough to set up your toys in the backyard on a camping trip, but old enough to sneak some food out to them so they can stay for the week without starving. Being old enough to wield a hammer, and still young enough to know that you can build a boat and sail around the world with two small pieces of wood and a Kleenex.
What are your favorite materials?
I like Ping-pong balls, poly-foam, faux fur, felt, words, fleece and hot glue. Thread is also nice. I can always go for a pencil and paper, too.
What is your favorite color?
Green. If I got to pick two I’d say green and blue. Hah! I totally picked two anyway.
What are your most and least two favorite films?
I really, really didn’t like Happy Feet. I have my reasons. Also, She’s So Lovely = Bad movie.
I’m a pretty big fan of movies like Amelie and Waiting for Guffman. Also, most anything by Michel Gondry makes me happy. Little Miss Sunshine was fantastical. Fraggle Rock can go in the DVD player at any time of the day and I’m pleased. Also Retro Sesame Street. I realize this is more than two. I had trouble deciding.
What are you reading right now?
Pat the Bunny, Captain Underpants, and Kyle Baker’s Plastic Man series.
Any tips on selling handmade stuff?
You’re not just selling an item; you’re selling your art, your time, and a bit of yourself.
Love what you make and love how you make it. Do every ounce of running your shop with joy. Most people can tell when you don’t love doing something. Find a way to love listing and taking photos. Love it all. Love the uploading and the cropping. Find peace in the waiting. Put your beauty into all of it. Relax and enjoy it. Nobody gets a merit badge for hating things. Does this make me a hippie?
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Teach kids how to create things
I like eating
I play my DS because I’m a dork
Play with the most awesome 3.5-year-old on the planet.
How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
I really want a place to keep notes about things. Like a personal Etsy to-do list saved in “Your Etsy Shop.” I’d also like everyone to code harder.