Well, I decided that I will conduct an interview with an individual etsy seller each week, ask them about how they got started and the ins-and-outs of the trade. Our very first guest will be MaruMaru. Her works include bright colorful retro-inspired pop art baubles that stick out from the crowd. I asked this seasoned etsy seller a series ten (10) questions and I am going to share with you her answers!
Here, I’ve selected out my favourite works from this week’s featured etsy-er, MaruMaru:
Tell us a little bit about yourself, what things you like, where you’re from, what you do when you’re not making jewelry, etc?
I’m a recent college graduate from Honolulu, Hawaii with too much time on my hands! I love vintage-inspired and retro charms, and absolutely cannot live without color. I wanted my shop to reflect this, so I started using origami papers I had lying around to use as backgrounds. When I’m not playing around in my jewelry supply box, I’m at the movies or drinking champagne! I especially love independent/foreign films and annoying my tuxedo cat, Neko.
How did you get into etsy and making jewelry?
I started liking jewelry when I began working in the jewelry department at a well-known retail store. At first, I didn’t see what the big hype was over jewelry until I would stand for hours at a time and become anxious to try a few things on. When I wasn’t helping customers, I was trying on jewelry whenever I could and soon enough I put everything I liked on hold so nobody could buy them! I’m really picky about jewelry, so whenever I’d buy a necklace, I’d use my pliers to take off or add parts to it to make it just right.
What’s your favourite item you have created?
Even though you’ll see lots of hearts and bows in my shop, a favorite item of mine is the Midnight Exotic Asian-inspired Flower necklace.
I love this color because it reminds me of my favorite time of day when the sun has already gone down, but it’s not quite dark yet, and it has a certain shade of blue that I love.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m inspired by fantasies from my childhood. I wanted everything to be in pink and blue like cotton candy, ride on a unicorn and eat ice cream all day long. My grandmother owns a very large land in Japan and she made it into beautiful garden that is now a popular tourist attraction. I would spend my childhood in her garden looking at blue Hydrangeas wishing I could take it all back home with me. In my shop, you will see lots of flowers from rose cameos to czech flower beads.
Describe your process for making jewelry, and how you come up with new ideas?
I started making jewelry with just colorful beads, and then I found polymer clay and resin at my local craft store. I enjoyed baking my favorite photos onto the clay, but then I discovered bezels and cabochons and haven’t stopped using them since!
What are your favourite materials? Do you have any specific techniques you use that you’d like to share with us?
My favorite materials are my pliers. I couldn’t make anything without them! Most of all, I enjoy resin because it’s fast, easy, and it gives it that perfect glass finish.
What do you look for when you are looking to purchase?
When I purchase on Etsy, I sometimes use the Pounce feature to discover sellers. Most of the time, I usually know what I want, and I haven’t been able to stop buying rings and earrings. I just bought a wallet off of Etsy yesterday as a gift, but I think I will be keeping it for myself. 🙂
What advice do you have for people trying to start up a new shop?
For those who are wanting to start their own shop, my advice is, please research! I wasted hundreds of dollars on supplies I didn’t need and it took me awhile to start making a profit because of it. Don’t be afraid to ask other shops for advice because they are usually helpful and can offer wonderful tips on how to promote your shop.
Tell us something that most people wouldn’t know about yourself.
Something most people don’t know about me is that I can be very obsessive compulsive especially when it comes to being in the bathroom. All product labels have to be facing forward and have to be in a certain position. I wash my hands constantly and I always make sure I never sleep on the same pillow case twice. lol
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
If I could have any superpower, it would be to teleport myself anywhere I wanted, including space.
Thanks MaruMaru for this wonderful interview and for sharing your work with us!