Friday, July 31, 2009

Internet Artisan Interview - Little Studio

,Just visiting the Little Studio, and I can see what an extensive online presence it has. A combination of shops, blogs, and social networking makes it easy to catch Meghann somewhere on the handmade internet scene. She didn't mention in the interview that you can find an assortment of her photographs on Picassa, a free photo software application, offered by Google. Her love of nature and animals comes across powerfully in her images, and she offers them as cards and prints in her shops. Here's a bit more about the artist behind Little Studio:

  • What's the name of your business/shop?

My business name is Little Studio Photography and Jewellery

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
My URLs:

My Blogs:

  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
I sell quality handcrafted jewelry as well as photography

  • Show us a piece you recently finished
Here is a piece I recently finished for my NeoAmour Collection (it's called Victorias Bangle Bracelet)

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I am currently working on more pieces for my NeoAmour Collection. I am not sketching them (unfortunately), as they seem to be stuck in my head until they come out as finished pieces. I am working on some wireworked earrings inspired by Queen Victoria, and also some inspired by Queen Elizabeth 1.

(jewelry from the NeoAmour Collection)

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
I really don't have a favorite widget, though I love the fact that blogger allows you to put your own html code into spaces so that you can customize your pages. I have ads and social networking widgets on my blogs that are impossible to add without the html adding capability.

  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
I advertise with Project Wonderful, I also advertise with Entrecard on my blogs. I also have a myspace, Plurk, Twitter, Beader's Showcase and Facebook fan page. My avatars for all my stores and advertisements are the same - my red carnelian cluster ring with my shop name: I like to keep things consistent.

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
I am mostly selling on Etsy. I have had almost all of my online sales through Etsy - I think the size can be both beneficial and detrimental. It is helpful due to the sheer numbers of people on the site, but much harder to get seen as there are so many people selling jewelry and competing for that 'slice of the pie' as it were. I am new to Artfire and iCraft and hoping to get my first sales on those venues soon!

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I am definitely involved in social networking, who isn't! I am on (as stated earlier):
MySpace , Twitter , Plurk , Beader's Showcase , and I have a facebook fan page .

My favorite, you ask? That is a hard one, but I love plurk! I must admit it is pretty addictive, but it is a whole lot of fun! You can easily carry on conversations and see different threads without having to download a whole bunch of different applications. You just set up your Plurk page and off you go!

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
A helpful business tip: Be CONSISTENT. Set high standards for customer service and be consistent with them. Organize your business (materials, paperwork, etc.) and be consistent in keeping it organized. Set your marketing/advertising/selling goals and be consistent in working to achieve them. Consistency is always key. However, if you've been consistent and something isn't working, be willing to change it to try and get the result you are after.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
Pricing is difficult at best. At worst, I want to bang my head against my work desk, lol. I have a general pricing strategy however: I add 50% to my material costs to cover the time it takes to find the right item at the best price. I charge $10-$15/hour for labor, depending on the complexity of the piece. Some pieces I will charge up to $25/hour. I add $5-$10 for overhead (heat, hydro, packaging, internet etc.), $2-$5 to cover the Etsy and Paypal fees, and that is how I come up with most of my pricing. Some items, however, take so long to finish that I can't charge for all of my labor and expect it to sell. In this case I will charge the minimum amount for labor that I feel is fair, and charge the regular amounts for materials and overhead.

  • We'd like to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
My workspace is currently under construction, so I will not horrify you with my disaster area at this time. I am trying to sell as many pieces as I can to fund my office renovations (and my wedding, but that is another story!) - I am in desperate need of more shelving and desk space, as at this point I don't have room for my laptop and bead supplies on my desk at once, and my printer and scanner are on bookshelves and have to be placed on the floor to use them. Eek! I can't tell you how frustrating that is. God willing I will sell enough pieces to go to Ikea and get the modular office shelving I need to have all of my things in their proper places. As it is, I need to visit 3 rooms to ship items - one for the laser printer in the basement, one for the laptop in the living room, and finally my office for the items to be packed up!

  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
In one year I'd like to have my office finished, have more consistent sales, closer to a full time income (if the economy agrees!), with my learning more complex jewelry-making techniques (metal smithing, metal clay, fusing, etc). I'd like to have more of a presence on iCraft and ArtFire also. I definitely want to continue my NeoAmour collection - learning about these women has been absolutely fascinating, and I've only scratched the surface!

  • OK, the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite! This was really hard, picking just one piece. I really enjoy Meghann's rings, especially the ones with lots of twisted metal. Here's a group of my favorites (note: the one in the middle is used in her avatars {:-D).


Duni said...

Great interview! I regularly visit Meghann's blog and enjoy her photography as much as her jewellery!

BeadedTail said...

Fabulous interview! I love Meghann's work and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about her! She's a beautiful artist both inside and out!

Meghann LittleStudio said...

Oh my goodness, you are amazing!! Thank you so much for this wonderful feature, I am grinning like an idiot :-D

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love, love, love her rings!!! I bought a custom one just a few weeks ago and haven't taken it off since I received it!!!

Scarlet Leonard said...

Great interview. I'll be looking into more of Meghann's work and blogs. only just met her through plurk.

TiLT said...

I love her stuff...and chatting with her on Plurk - she's right - it is addictive :)

PurrPrints said...

Pretty stuff--I love the dangly earring in the neoamour collection especially

Theresa said...

Great interview with Meghann. Much as I love her blog and her jewelry I have to say it was nice to see a pic of Arwen included, of course, she is modelling a lovely necklace :)

MagdaleneJewels said...

Great interview on a great shop. I love her NeoAmour Collection; and the necklace on the dog is perfect! I understand what she means about pricing it is a difficult decision - and people who don't do crafts do not understand the workmanship that goes into any piece or project. Again, Thanks Deb for sharing this shop with us.

Duni said...

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LindaGJ said...

I saw on Meghann's blog that she was featured here! She IS a beautiful person inside and out. I love her work so much! I fell in love with one of her rings and she made a customized ring for me that I am anxiously waiting to receive!
Thank you so much for posting about Meghann, she definately deserves this feature as she is way beyond just talented. Her jewelry holds such a unique quality that everyone must see her work!!! Just awesome!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I love Meg's work - and she's such a sweet person!

A Keeper's Jackpot said...

I love her rings too!!!

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