Friday, February 26, 2010

EAOC's Friday Spotlight

Meet EAOC Artist:  The Handmade Project

Tayna is a handcrafted cloth doll that was made in a pet-free, smoke-free studio.  She stands 13 inches tall and is suitable for infants and children.

Tell us about yourself.
Hello, my name is Yvonne Trace and I am a newly domestic girl in a material world.

What are you currently doing besides your creative craft?  I work for a nonprofit organization that keeps families in their homes through financial assistance-go Stimulus Package!

What is the address for your Etsy shop?

What do you offer in your Etsy shop? The Handmade Project makes handmade ethnic dolls and sewing patterns.

Where do you create? In a sunny craft room/ office/ kid's project room.

Where do you find your inspiration?  Seeing handmade goods that are irresistible but do not cater to ethnic children.

How did you get started in your line of business?  I started selling dolls in craft fairs and blogging.  My business is still at the grassroots level.

How do you promote your business?  SEO!  Offering freebies to be featured on craft sites.

What is one of your most important lessons you've learned since starting your business?  To trust your inherent style.  If you like it, chances are that many more will.  You won't grow tired of doing what you love.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?  Find value in prototypes and improvements.  Creativity is fluid and should be embraced.

What are some of your favorite online shops on and off Etsy?  Modish, Urban Paper Loft, and I keep finding more.

What are your other sites (i.e. Blogger, Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter)?

Congratulations, The Handmade Project, for being a featured artist.

Tune in next week to meet our next featured artist on Monday!


Lisa Abdul-Quddus said...

Nice interview. Wishing you lots of success.

Libby said...

You have some amazing dolls. I love that you make dolls of various ethnicities. It's always fun to have a doll that looks like you. Keep it up! :-)

Unknown said...

Lovely dolls! Wishing you great success!

Laquita said...

Wonderful dolls :o)

Kaati Rocketts said...

I wish I had had a doll like one of yours when I was a child. Lovely!

Kaleb Dunn said...

Awesome blogg you have here


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