Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Interview: Artisangoodsbygayle

I wanted to get a bit more personal with my fellow artisans, so I'm going to be posting interviews with them. I just thought it would be a fun way for everyone to get to know them a little better.

Kicking it off is Gayle of
artisangoodsbygayle from Graham, Washington.

1. Why do you do what you do?

It is part of who I am and how I choose to express that part of me. My photography is intuitive and my other art work is inspired at various times from various sources.

2. How long have you been selling online? Artisan goods by gayle is my first online shop for my one of a kind eclectic mix of creations,but began selling my jewelry through a group I started at a non-selling social site in 2007 and my fine art photos online since 2003.
Why did you start? I began selling my work to share my artistic expression and for additional income.

3.What is your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from all that I am exposed to be it cultures,nature,art of various mediums, poetry, films, atmosphere, whimsy, color, heritage, shape and textures.

4.What did you want to be when you grew up?
As a small child I was all about horses and am told that I said I wanted to marry one...hehehe...was always drawing,painting,doing a variety of crafts as well as designing and sewing Barbie clothes,so also wanted to be an artist.

5.Do you have a day job?
I had my own local photo business until it closed due to the recession and is why I opened my artfire shop while I seek other employment with the non-profit sector.

6.What advice would you give to someone just starting to sell online?
I would tell a newbie to online selling to get organized about promoting,participate in forums,have tiered pricing,well focused photos,be helpful to other artisans and to offer excellent customer service. I would also tell them not to expect sales from outside their family and friends for six months or longer since much depends on how much exposure your shop receives,what you are selling and the quality at an affordable price.Currently the economy is also a factor with sales for non-basics being very slow. One last thing I would tell a newbie is that online selling requires much more work and dedication than having a local store in your own town where shoppers can touch and try on your creations.

7. Anything you would like to add?
Thank you,Jen for your interest and for this exposure.I am currently having a big sale in my shop to try to raise funds to prevent eviction while I wait to hear back from employers.If you want unique gifts at bargain prices,now would be a good time to stop by and would help me greatly.



Anonymous said...

Thanks much Jen for the feature interview on my sis's shop,

Love your arts & crafts, ooak jewelry, photos, cards, retro pillows purses, dolls, rings and earrings!

Bright Moments!

eclecticgayle said...

Thanks,Jen!...appreciate the Internet service was just restored after error disconnected it for a few days,so just now seeing this...

Will feature you,too,once have blog set up...