Friday, May 7, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - nakisha

I met up with nakisha when looking for a goat, and fell in love with all the little creatures dancing around on her paper. At first, her two etsy shops, bluedogrose and nakisha, looked very different. But then I saw the connection! This was so interesting, being someone - like many - who have different focuses. I clicked around the internet and visited all the ways she makes her presence felt. There's more than just painting! Come with me to her blog and watch a few videos, if you please:
  • What's the name of your business/shop?

I do business under the name but also have the shop name BlueDogRose

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
Mostly my art- paintings, sculptures and things made from my art- pendants, cards, prints and buttons. I also have a thing for vintage illustration and have a vintage/jewelry shop
  • Show us a piece you recently finished
Here's a detail of a watercolor I did this weekPart of a series and landscapy- springy- green watercolors.
  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I always have 4-5 projects in the works. I have a sculpture idea I will probably be doing this week, no sketches though, it's all in my head. Most of my new work ends up on my flickr pool first.

  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
My blog mostly for random things, I also have a facebook page and twitter . But I don't really use them for advertising. Occasionally I will pay for advertising, but I have been lucky in the interest for my work generating a lot of attention from other sites and individuals (like your wonderful blog, thanks!) My avatars are usually bunnies my paintings.

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
I like the Etsy mini, it automatically updates.
  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
Etsy is by far the best. I do have a shop on 1000 markets, but the sales just haven't been happening there.

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I like twitter, it's so random. It's like sitting on a crowded bus and catching snatches of hundreds of conversations.

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
Kindness and generosity will get you further than jealousy and frugality. A lot of selling art is selling yourself and making connections to other people. I am grateful to every one of my customers, and I try to convey that in the way I handle my business and the way I conduct myself online.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
I know my time and materials, and then comes the vague factor of how much I like it and how successful a piece I think it is.
  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
I just moved to a new studio, it's still a bit of a mess

  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
More ideas than anything. I do have an updated version of the rabbit tarot due out soon, and I'd love to do another deck at some point, but not sure if that will happen in a year. I have a children's book I'd really like to get finished as well.

  • OK, it's time for the storybeader to pick a favorite!
Isn't this the sweetest view of participation! With scenes like this, it makes me want to throw away my mousetraps! Very cute!


NICO Designs said...

I love rabbits and i am so glad that I read this great feature of Nakisha's shop.

Anonymous said...

Love her art! It is lovely!


tamdoll said...

Nice feature! I can see, too, how her shops go together & everything is so charming. Her studio space looks great also.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What great work...and what a cool studio!

Campbell Jane said...

Adorable art! So fresh & happy! Nice interview!

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