Take it away Amy......
1. Shop names are so important and personal; where did you get yours from? I started out doing jewellery making parties for kids in Galway I throw a 'bead bash' for them and that's where my name comes from.
2. Where do you find that you get your inspiration from? All over the place. I love colour and experimenting with colour combinations. I also follow trends in fashion mags & blogs and sometimes allow them to guide my ideas. I also let the beads and materials dictate what I do. If I have something too specific in mind I can never find the materials I am looking for.
3. How do you keep up your motivation? I love what I do - in fact I find it hard to switch off! I do sometimes find myself getting distracted by social media - especially twitter. There is so much to consider when you work for yourself that it's hard to dedicate enough time to each aspect. When I feel overwhelmed I just remind myself that I could be sat in an office doing data entry all day (which I used to do)
4. Do you see you art and shop as a reflection of yourself; your soul? I think it is more of a reflection of my mood at the time I make the piece. I would love to come up with themed collections but at the moment I am a lot more random than that. Making what I feel like making on that day.
5. Where has this artistic journey taken you so far? I've loved making things since I was a kid. My favourite subjects in school were craft and design (wood & metal work) and art. I went on to study product design at art school.
After university and two years searching for a 'proper job' I became an assistant buyer for what is now Littlewoods. I loved my job as it was so creative to come up with ranges that our customers would love, but when the company had to relocate from Manchester, I took redundancy.
After a year traveling in Australia we moved to Galway (where my fiancé is from) I got a contract position in an office locally but it didn't exactly grip me so I bit the bullet and handed in my notice. Now I could set up on my own and do what I have always wanted - create!
6. Does Art enhance your life? Absolutely - what I consider to be art is probably different to what you consider art. But whatever the art - if it provokes a reaction in you then that can only be a good thing.
7. Can we have one pearl of wisdom you have learnt along the way? I heard this from a fellow graduate from my art school who runs her own successful craft business in Scotland: Whatever opportunity comes your way, say yes even if it seems overwhelming or scary.
8. How important is feedback to you? I think to be successful - good feedback is crucial. If you are just doing something for yourself then it is less important, as long as you are happy with your achievements and know in yourself you are doing what you set out to do, then what others think shouldn't really matter.
9. Are you a member of any teams on Etsy - does this help? I am a member of the Etsy Ireland Team and the Etsy UK & Ireland Seller Support Team. But I am only really active in the Etsy Ireland Team. I find that if you are active in the team then yes it does help. I provided a prize for the recent Etsy Ireland St Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt and it did increase the traffic to my shop over the weekend the competition ran. It is also really helpful to get feedback or just information about specific topics, like running your facebook page.
10. How do you feel about your life right now? I may not be bringing in the money I was when I was working full time but I am 100 times happier. I always wanted to be doing something creative and when I couldn't find what I was looking for - I created it for myself and that's a pretty good feeling.
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*Giveaway Time *
Amy was handmade this beautiful green and pink beaded leather wrap bracelet and put it up as her giveaway prize. It is very easy for you to have a chance to win this....
1. Simply 'Like' Bead Bash on Facebook
2. Leave a comment here letting me know you have (please include your email)