Friday, December 19, 2008

Etsy Artisan Interview: LanyardLady

After Cherin stopped by Stroll Through Storyland one day, she volunteered to participate in my Friday artisan interview. Sure thing, I said - and I'm glad I did. Here's someone who works fulltime and beads for pleasure. And you've gotta love her beadwork. She's got a great eye for color and seems to me a very down-to-earth, compassionate person. You can currently find her lanyards on Etsy, as well as ebay and flickr - I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

  • What types of products do you sell?
imaginative handmade beaded lanyards, plus occasional necklaces and bracelets

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
My favorite lanyard is LIGHTS OUT, so named because it would surely glow in the dark! It reflects my love of color, pattern and whimsy!

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I found out about Etsy from a fellow beader. I was a seller before I became a buyer. This Christmas I purchased all-handmade gifts from Etsy for my friends and co-workers!

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
eBay, Artfire
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Not at the moment.
  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
Because my schedule means I have to take most of my photos indoors, I struggled to find a background that was eye-catching but didn't overly detract from my designs. I actually tried making my own lightbox (a disaster!); cutting open a Clorox bottle and using that; draping lanyards over a white Wedgwood vase that my daughter gave me; a cork tile ... the list goes on and on. One night I borrowed some of my husband's sheet music and was pleased with the results, so I've stuck with that. I think it's important to show the item from many angles and levels, and to show overall pictures as well as detail shots.
  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
I have worked with glass, lampwork glass, metal, fiber, acrylic, stone and polymer clay. My favorite media are glass and polymer clay—if it's high quality.

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
I have a flickr gallery at

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I work full time as director of creative services at a university. I bead for enjoyment, relaxation, and mental health therapy!
  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Establish a brand for your shop/items and carry it through in all your marketing. What does your business represent? What is the personality of your products? What makes them appealing and distinctive? How will they make your buyers feel?

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
I have a blog

  • OK, my turn to answer a question! What is storybeader's favorite item for sale in your Etsy shop?

I love Cherin's lanyards, and think they're a great idea. In fact, I had someone ask me at a craft fair recently if I made necklaces for name badges - now I know their proper name! My favorite lanyard is her green natural looking piece called Olive Garden!


Lanyardlady said...

Wow! Thanks so much for doing this interview and giving me an opportunity to promote my work. You have such a great blog, and I'm honored to be featured. Happy Holidays!

TNT2008 said...

Her beads are beautiful. I also think the greens can glow in the dark, they are so brilliant.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Great shop! Lanyards is something I've always figured I should it into...and I think her's are just gorgeous! Maybe I won't compete :P

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