Friday, June 4, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - EyePopArt

I first saw Christine's work in the shape of a pinwheel, and popped over to her etsy shop to see what other fun items she might have. I was amazed at all the various things she making. And talk about color! If you looking for a cheerful gift or just love the idea of recycled art, then Eye Pop Art is a place you need to visit.
  • What's the name of your business/shop?
Eye Pop Art. I got the name from my son. Each year at his elementary school, which has an awesome parent-led art program, the children have to choose and title their favorite pieces to hang in the school art show When he was in first grade, Julius chose his Picasso-inspired painting and called it "Eye Pop." At the time, I was just starting my business and thinking about business names and had been toying with "Eye Candy" because that's how a lot of people described my work. Eye Pop sounded even better!

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog ?
Website -
Blog -
Facebook -

  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
Mandala art, home & garden decor, and accessories made from recycled vinyl records and other repurposed materials. My lines include Mandala Record Clocks, Mandala Record Bowls, Mandala Pinwheels, Feng Shui Mirrors, Mandala Suncatchers, and Roman Record Cuffs.

  • Show us a piece you recently finished
My newest items include the Men's Vinyl Record Cuffs made from vintage colored 45's like these blue ones. I've also recently designed a Mandala Room Divider made from 35 individual hand painted mandala records, linked together. You can see it in this flickr set.

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I've been making some new Album Jacket Drink Coasters but am in the process of redesigning them to give them a protective coating which will improve their longevity. You can check them out on my blog.
  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
I don't actually do any outside paid advertising and don't have anyone else's ads on my sites either.

[here's Christine's facebook icon:]

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
I have to say my favorite widget is the Etsy Mini! I enjoy being able to show both items from my shop as well as items from my favorites. I love my favorites!

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
I sell on Etsy which I love because I get sales and wholesale orders and press and networking opportunities and friends and business help and oh so much more! Etsy rules. I also recently started listing my items on Makers Market and you can check out my new store here. I like this site because it is really small and really cool. And it has a built-in blogging platform, which is pretty nifty. I have an Artfire studio as well which you can check out here. I like Artfire because it is free!
For my day job, I work as the program coordinator for the nonprofit organization Trillium Artisans, and I spend a lot of time at work listing our items in our Etsy team shop as well as on World of Good by eBay, which is a great site for fair trade, eco-friendly, and ethically sourced products. Because we are certified members of Green America, we have the "trust provider" status necessary to sell on World of Good, and it has been really good for us. We are now eBay power sellers!

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
But of course! I have a blog, a flickr photostream, a twitter channel, a facebook profile, and a facebook business page. My favorite is facebook. I love it for being quick and easy and user friendly. I love how it integrates everything that I need all in one place with such ease - events, photos, videos, links, and engaging conversations with my friends and fans! By the way, if you haven't checked out Sister Diane's awesome article on the Etsy blog about social media marketing, you should - it's really good!

  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
My tip is that it's important to have multiple streams of income. As they say, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." Etsy is a fabulous site but I can't rely solely on online sales to make my living. I also have to get out there and sell face-to-face to the public at craft shows. I sell on consignment, I wholesale my work, I teach classes, I do contract work, I drop-ship for web stores, and I also have a part-time job (which I am happy to say is an awesome job that allows me to work with local artisans and keep my finger on the pulse of the creative community).

Some day I would love to be able to just focus on online and wholesale but for now it is necessary for me to be working all of these different angles. For someone who is just starting out on Etsy, I would advise them to look at other streams of income as well and not try to rely on just one venue.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
At Trillium Artisans we require that all artisans price their work so that they are earning a living wage for their time of at least $12.50 per hour. Most of my pricing is based around that standard. Luckily my materials cost is very low since I get all of my vinyl records for free and paints are relatively cheap - they last a long time.

We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
Okay! You can check out some studio shots in this flickr set. You can also watch this video of me and my studio on the HGTV show "Look What I Did!" -

  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
Well I'm pretty excited because my work is on the cover of the June issue of the Crafts Report magazine, and there's a feature article about Eye Pop Art. I am really hoping this will lead to some more wholesale business around the country.

My Mandala Pinwheels are currently being carried by Uncommon Goods, and I'd love to continue my relationship with them and get other catalog orders as well.

I also am planning to launch a line of mandala jewelry before the end of 2010!

  • OK, it the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite!
All mandalas are so beautiful - the colors and intricacies of the drawings. And I love anything out in the open that uses the wind to move... maybe it's my sailing background. .. So it makes sense that the pinwheels are my favorite items. But which one? Here's a pic of all three on sale when I looked - they look great together.


EyePopArt said...

Thank you for this feature!

Annie Spandex said...

Cool cuffs! :)

Walk in the Woods said...

I really dig the bedroom ceiling - wow! :D

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