Friday, April 2, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - btaylorquilts

I don't know which I like better, Briana quilts or paintings.... so I have examples of both throughout this interview. She has two shops and two studios... yes, and two blogs, by the way. I'm not one for abstract art, but Briana's use of color is so appealing and interesting, I find myself sitting, staring at the screen, mesmerized. I’d love to see her work in person. You have the chance this year in October, if you’re in the Springfield, Mass. area. But I’ll let her tell you what’s going on!

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

my Etsy shop names are btaylorquilts AND brianataylor

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

  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
I primarily make quilts, and quilted or sewn goods. I'm also a painter (my degrees are in visual and studio arts)

  • Show us a piece you recently finished [these are from two different Etsy shops]

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I am working on a green themed and also turquoise themed quilts. I'm also working in my studio on new paintings.

  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?

I do not advertise really. It's all mostly by networking and word of mouth. Facebook, Etsy, my website and my blog. My avatar for btaylor quilts is a background of quilted material with btaylorquilts in text. My avatar for brianataylor painting is an image of one of my paintings which was the stone wing of an angel, and my avatar for my blog is a photo of my eye.

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
Well, I love "followers" on Blogger through Gmail. At first I only had a couple, even though my blog has been around for a while, I didn't install the followers widget until recently. I think I only have around 23 followers so far...LOL! I hope to have more eventually :)

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
As mentioned above, Etsy. It's the only vendor on line that I use.

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I use Facebook. I have periods of time that I do not post or even look at Facebook though. Sometimes it's just too time consuming on top of everything else I have on my agenda. I find I waste a lot of time there if I'm not careful. Time is precious.

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, try to take a few minutes to prioritize your projects/tasks/errands. A few minutes of organizing your plan can make for a more productive and focused day/week. The first question is "what are the major things I have to do/must do?"....write them down. Then decide which one is most important. Be flexible with yourself though. If you need to change things, that's ok. Just cross them off the list as you get them done.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
Figuring out pricing is always difficult in the beginning. I keep careful records of exactly how long it takes me to complete something (when I'm first starting to make it). Depending on time involved, materials used, and physical labor I can come to a price that I feel comfortable with. If you cringe when you sell something for a certain price then you know that you've given it away. Do not give away your work, price it according to what you'd be comfortable and happy with selling it at.

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.

  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
Next year in October (2011) I've been invited to have a solo exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, here in Massachusetts. I've also got several other shows lined up, so my painting will definitely be on the important list. I'd like to expand the quilting with new designs and ideas and attempt to keep it fresh and appealing.

  • OK, it's the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite!
I really love Briana’s set of Polaroid transfers. From what I can tell, the photos are scanned onto watercolor papers. I love the way the ink takes to the paper... reminds me of the look of old colorized B&W postcards that I find in my archives at work!


TiLT said...

so cool! I have been a fan of her work but never saw a write up - thanks :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

What an interesting artist! off to checkout more of her work!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

All of her work is great!
There is just something about a handmade comfy and warm :)

Joy (The Art Of Joy) said...

Thanks for sharing this great interview! Beautiful work!

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