Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Interview with Smarty Pants Design

I'm so excited today to have my first real interview with Heather of Smarty Pants Design. Heather is a member of Etsy Team Columbus who I've had the opportunity to meet at a couple of different team events, including the Eco Chic Craftacular back in May. I can't wait to share Heather's work with you.Tell Us About Yourself: I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland...took watercolor lessons at age 12 and gradually art just became more and more a part of my life. I moved to Columbus to study painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design and loved the city so much that 9 years later, I'm still here. I love to dabble in all kinds of mediums, and have tried my hand at stained glass, feltmaking, woodworking, and all sorts of mixed media projects. A few years ago I started making jewelry, then began making my own beads from polymer clay, and that's evolved into my current business, Smarty Pants, where I make and sell my own handcrafted beads and buttons.

What Kind Of Items Do You Sell In Your Etsy Shop: Polymer clay beads and buttons, all individually hand rolled by me...I don't use any molds, and I typically mix my own colors. I also sell finished pieces of jewelry made with my own beads. I have an additional shop under my own name, HeatherWirth.etsy.com that I use as an outlet to sell my paintings and other artwork.
What Brought You To Etsy: My friend back home in Maryland turned me onto the site. She sells baby gear on Etsy as part of her own business, Bitchen Stitchen. She's always been such a huge supporter of my artwork that once she realized how fantastic the website is, she told me I had to try it out.
How Do You Promote Your Shop: I frequently post links to new items on my Facebook page, or visit Etsy chat rooms to advertise new pieces, but mostly I focus on print media - business cards, postcards, etc. I recently participated with some fellow Etsy Team Columbus members to create a brochure featuring our Etsy shops, which each member then in turn distributes to their own clientele.
What Is Your Favorite Item In Your Shop Right Now: It's a pendent I just created this week...it's a blend of chocolate brown, cream, yellow and emerald green polymer clay, rolled together in such a way that it looks to be half woodgrain, half gemstone. I particularly love to use clay to emulate other materials, like a woodgrain, slate, a piece of turquoise, a gemstone, etc. I think the biggest compliment is when a customer doesn't realize my work is created with clay.

What Is Your Biggest Shop Goal In the Next Six Months: I would like to list things more frequently. I have quite a bit of merchandise that is sitting on my worktable waiting on me to photograph, so I would love to have a faster turnaround, and have things listed on my site the same day they are created.
Favorites: Food, Music, Books, Movies, whatever you love: I love all kinds of Mexican...although Mexican would probably call it Tex Mex...fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, and a margarita of course. Right now I'm listening to quite a bit of Brett Dennen and Ray Lamantagne, and in general I'm a sucker for a heart-on-his-sleeve acoustic guitar player. I haven't read it yet, but Wally Lamb, who is my ALL time favorite author recently put out his third novel, so I anticipate that it will soon be my favorite book.

Thank you so much for the interview, Heather. Your work is beautiful and I'm so happy to know you a little better now!
If you'd like to own something from Smarty Pants Design, leave a comment here before Friday at noon (Eastern time). You could be the lucky winner of this Surfer Girl Pendant!
Winner will be announced on Friday!


maryeb said...

Great interview and I like how you incorporated so many pics of her items.

Amy's The Painted House and More said...

Love the interview!! Very nice photos to go along with it. Love Heather's new line!! Great job by both of you!!!

tscrapper said...

Great interview! I love how vivid and colorful your items are, and I agree, that it's amazing they are all rolled from clay!