Friday, May 21, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - tunabanana

If you're familiar with my handmade journals, then you know how much I love washi paper. So there's no surprise that I was "smitten at first sight" when I saw tunabanana's shop. As far as I can tell, Adora cuts out the design of her washi paper by hand and leaves it up to you, whether to frame it or use the figures in some other fashion! She has told me that she's having problems with her eyes. Gosh, no wonder! All that intricate cutting! Let's all wish her well, and visit her Etsy site!

  • What's the name of your business/shop?
Doesn't really have a name. I guess the de facto name would be my login ID "tunabanana"? I picked the name because I love crepes filled with tuna salad and bananas. I know what you're thinking. It's not disgusting. Anyone whom I forced to try it, ended up loving it.

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
No, I don't.
  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
Paper cut art.

  • Show us a piece you recently finished
I haven't finished anything good enough for sale lately. Eye problem is preventing me from seeing details.

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I started working on an old fashion English teddy bear before Christmas. The kind with rotating joints.
  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
I have a blog, but not for crafts. It's about architecture, for my day job. I don't advertise my crafts at all. I actually worry that my colleagues might find out that I'm willing to work for less than a dollar an hour with this silly craft business, LOL. My avatar is my Sackboy on Little Big Planet.

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?

I used eBay before. I sold mostly painted Japanese anime scale models. I've been ban from eBay because of an unjust complaint to my brother's account. They ban everyone with the same address. It's so unfair! I now use only Etsy, love it. The fee is low, long posting period, and you get a lot more civilized clientele. But the drawback is when you're not sure about the value of your product. Then, bidding style of eBay works better.


  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I'm on Facebook. It's my favorite because it's where my friends are.

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

I don't make money with crafts. It takes me 10+ hours making one of these paper cut art. I'm selling them at $9.99 a piece. I'm making less than $1 an hour! I don't do it for money, I consider it a cheap hobby.

The lesson here is that you should not neglect the time spent. If this is your day job, it would be more profitable to sell something easily duplicated, such as PDF templates or tutorials.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
I ask my friends, "How much do you think people would pay for this?" and average out their answers. Don't ask friends who make crafts, they tend to undervalue, thinking "Come on, anyone can make that!"

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
I live in Brampton, Ontario. It's the flower city of Canada.
  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
Thank you for all the support on my paper cut art , but I think I can't make them anymore. When my eyes get better, I will finish the teddy bear I started. It looks like a female lion or a seal right now without his ears. Making paper cut is very taxing on the eyes. I also gave up knitting and cross stitching. I will do more watercolor painting in the future.

  • OK, it's the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite!

It was hard to choose just one, but I'll go with the tiger. Even though they are all animals from the zodiac, he seems the most traditional to me. And I love the little descriptions Adora gives us!

3 comments:

TiLT said...

what wonderful detail! Sorry to hear that her eye is keeping her from creating more.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What amazing work! All the small detail is just amazing! I can see why good eye sight is a must!

NICO Designs said...

The work is incredible! And I can see that she does not charge enough to cover all of that detail.

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