Friday, April 24, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - Scampering Scotties

In commemoration of Etsy Day 2009 and for all those animal lovers out there, I bring you Scampering Scotties. Sarah's shop is named after her two Scottish Terriers, Caolin and Brodie. She told me "They are my inspiration for my collars and wear my creations. I have tested the durability of my materials on them since they are major pullers on walks!" So gather up your furrbabies, and have a look at this:

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

Scampering Scotties

  • What types of products do you sell?
I sell unique and stylish dog collars. My collars are made with ribbon of all sizes sewn onto light-weight (yet durable) nylon webbing.

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?

My favorite item constantly changes. Right now I am in love with my Space Odysssy collar and have my boy sporting one. I also have some new designs coming out in the next few weeks that are becoming new favorites quickly.

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I had long been a buyer on Etsy. I first heard about it a few years ago when my old roommate began posting her artwork on the site. From there I became addicted, constantly buying clothing, dog items, art, and everything else under the sun!
  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Not yet, I'm still getting my feet wet so am taking things slow. Eventually I hope to be!
  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
I sell my collars at a local upscale Pet Boutique in St. Paul MN. I'm very lucky to be working with this shop and am thankful that they find my designs unique enough to sell in their shop!

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
I have never been big on art, sewing or anything else artistic. I was always the science nerd! But I knew I had artistic ability in my blood since everyone else in my family either paints, sews or does photography! Because of this (and spending TONS on collars made by others) I decided to dip into collar making. So far I feel that my collars compare if not surpass others of the same style. I offer similar styles for half the price.

  • 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?
Luckily my brother is a very skilled photographer and has his own studio. I take my collars there and we take them using a very high quality camera, tons of light filters, and a completely white background. My only advice (since I am new as well) is to make sure your pictures are nicely done. Keep the background simple and make sure the photo is crisp and clear.

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
No, but I think I should look into this.
(update: since Sarah first responded to the interview questions, she's gotten herself a flickr account)

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I am a very busy person. I have a full time job, a part-time weekend job, and in my spare time making and selling dog collars. I don't have much free time!
  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Promote, Promote, Promote! I find forums helpful, and find blogs that will offer free advertising by talking about your product in one of their posts. I have spent a little money on advertising but until sales pickup I don't plan to spend any more.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?
I have a lot of ways to find me!
(update: Sarah also became a charter member of ArtFire, late in March)

OK, time for my favorite.
This is a fun pattern, and great colors.
I think my girl would LOVE it!


NICO Designs said...

What a great shop! I love the name and her photos really are great. And with those pups how could she not be inspired? They are so precious!


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Very cute collars :) She's so lucky to have her brother take her photos...they're great!

BeadedTail said...

Such wonderful collars! Thanks for introducing me to another talented artist!

Nothinglikeit said...

Those Scotties are adorable! I wish I had a dog to put one of those cute collars on!


TiLT said...

what fun collars! And I love the shop name :)

uniquecommodities said...

You do the most amazing interviews! I hope you had a great Etsy day!

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