Artist Confessions - Lyndsey of Tanybug & Lynseandfancy

It's a new year and Artist Confessions has returned!!! And for the first time we're interviewing an etsian with two shops! Okay, as far as I know, it's the first time ;-)

Welcome Lyndsey of Tanybug and Lynseandfancy where you can find camera straps, accessories, art and prints!

1. Your Name: Lyndsey

2. Shop Name: Tanybug- http://tanybug.etsy.com/

3. Anyplace else your products can be seen (online and IRL)? Online, I keep my products all on Etsy. I feel it's the right place for me, and I don't want to spread myself too thin selling all over the place. I have been featured on numerous blogs, including GeekSugar, but for selling, I stick to Etsy.

In real life, I exhibited at my first Art Exhibit in 2008 and it was a lot of fun, I hope to look for more opportunities like this in 2009. The exhibit was called "Rollin' on 20". It was a bike themed exhibit and I shot a lot of BMX photography on 2007/2008, so it was a great fit.

4. Tell us one thing - as it relates to your craft - that would be surprising. I am not sure if this is surprising to others, but I am often surprised at how much I get done and accomplish with my art and craft... all while working a full time job. A minimum of 11 hours of my days, Monday- Friday, is dedicated to my full time job and commuting to it. It's actually rather exhausting at times.

5. What's your favorite item? What's your least favorite item? Why? My favourite item(s) would probably have to be the paintings in my new shop, Lynse & Fancy. With my paintings, I feel like I am putting my heart on paper. Each piece evokes a special feeling for me, and I think painting is a very personal thing. If I had to pick one item, it would probably be the Rain Boots painting. It reminds me of the innocence and fun and carefree ways of a child. Least favourite... well really I am not sure that I have a least favourite in my shop(s). If something I create doesn't please me, I usually won't sell it.

6. Tell us about the mistakes you've made that have turned out well.
One recent mistake that sticks out in my mind, was just two weeks ago. Months ago I had thought it would be a good idea to list some items for sale on other marketplace type websites. Well, the items sat there and never really did much, as I wasn't putting any effort into promoting them on this other site. They sat there for a couple of months and I honestly forgot all about them, until one day out of the blue, I sold one. Unfortunately, it was actually a camera strap that I had sold out of a few weeks earlier. I felt horrible, and had to go back to the customer and work something out with her. Luckily she chose a different strap that she loved and everything worked out, but it really put me in check about how much I can juggle at once. It solidified my thoughts that I really need to just give my all to one online venue, and not spread myself too thin. I was glad for a lesson learned before I got in way over my head!

7. Who's work - in your genre - do you envy?I don't think envy is the right word for what I feel, but a couple artists who I greatly greatly admire, and aspire to be as successful as are: Michele Maule and Elsie Flannigan.

Thank you for the interview! It's been fun!

Thank YOU, Lyndsey!! Don't forget to grab your button for your blog! And readers, be sure to show her some love!!


tanyBUG said...

thank you so much for the interview! You have a great blog!

bijouxdesignsforyou said...

Such fun to learn more about the artist! Fantastic!

PurrPrints said...

I've been a fan of tanybug's stuff for a while now--and i agree--that rainboots piece is just lovely!

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