What is the story behind your Shop name, how did it get it and why?
I chose Artsy Craftery because I am not just an artist or just a crafter. Since I had difficulty pigeonholing myself, I chose a name that reflects that I am an artsy crafter and a crafty artist. In additional to creating crafted items, I am a mixed media artist. I also paint watercolors and acrylics, as a self-taught artist, using traditional art techniques.
What kind of material do you work with and why?
I use a variety of media and techniques. My first love is papercrafting and watercolor painting, but I also use beads, wire, fiber, glass, clay and acrylics. Some of my fav techniques include altered art, mosaic, papier mache and stamping. I like image editing and provide graphic and other creative services. I also enjoy desktop publishing and bookmaking.
What/ who got you into creating?
I fell in love with art supplies in kindergarten. It was through 2 years of art classes in jr high where I first learned traditional art techniques. Since then I’ve been self-studying art and crafting techniques.
where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere and through everything. I’m blessed with a nice library of craft and art books that I’ve gleaned from supermarket book bins, library sales, thrift stores, Edward R. Hamilton overstock/liquidation bookseller, Barnes & Noble bargain racks, etc. I love looking through my books. I like looking at Pinterest boards and Interweave and Stampington magazines like Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Somerset Studio.
what do you do when you get a crafting block?
I never have them. I have a continuous stream of ideas. The only problem that I encounter is when I try to rush myself to complete a project rather than allowing the project to move at its own speed. I also feel anxiety when I am beginning a project. I see the finished project already, in my minds eye, so I feel overwhelmed at the beginning. I don’t know how I’m going to get to the finished piece. When I calm down and focus on baby steps, the process just happens through me. My work creates itself. I just have to let go and let it happen, and not be aghast along the way. A work in progress can look terrible, but it almost always comes out right. It creates itself when I take a deep breath, have faith and put my hands to it. It rarely looks exactly like the original vision. It’s better.
how do you get the word out about your business?
I use regular social media, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin and Google+. I participate in forums at my venues and occasionally may enter a contest. I also promote the work of others and I blog. I look for unusual or under-used places to promote myself, like Craigslist and online classifieds.
drescribe yourself with 5 words
Creative. Joyful. Adaptive. Communicative. Faith-filled.
where do you see your shop/ items in the future?
I see myself settled into a handful of online venues, selling specific lines of products and services that I’ve finally developed, and selling at the occasional artist market/street fair.
Wow that is a lot of different talents. Why don’t you check out all the places where Sandi can be found: