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Can You Earn Money on Society6?

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If you haven’t heard of Society6 before, it’s basically a print-on-demand company where they pay you commission if any of your graphic designs or photos sell via their website.

I’ve had a shop on there for nearly 2 years now, and I thought I would write about my sales totals and earnings to give other people (and myself) a better idea of the potential of Society6 as a money-maker.

My conclusion is that, for me, it has been worth it because I enjoy it, and because any extra side income is handy for me due to my self-employment. But it’s certainly not going to make me rich overnight, that’s for sure 🙂

I also figure that I may as well put the many graphic designs I’ve created, and photos I’ve taken over the years ‘out there’, rather than them being hidden away on my computer forever.

Anyway, I hope you find my summary useful, and I hope it helps you make an informed decision about whether you should dedicate your time to growing a Society6 shop or not.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Handmade Seller Interview: Fantails And Feet

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This week’s interview is with Australia-based Jill Ffrench from Fantails and Feet, who makes beautifully detailed bird sculptures by hand. The peacock tails, in particular, are just gorgeous.

And now Jill will answer some questions about her life and career:

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get started in your handmade business?

Hello, my name is Jill Ffrench and I’m a textile artist from Melbourne, Australia. I began honing my craft a few years ago after being inspired to hand stitch a gift for a close friend. Interested in only using biodegradable materials, I was drawn to natural felt fibres, wire and wax that I still use in my pieces today.

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What first made you want to become an artist/craftsperson?

I have always been a maker, though it’s exciting to now have a clear direction in mind.  I studied clothing production and pattern making at a tertiary level, but knew that the fashion industry was never going to fit my personality.  Now I use my patternmaking and textile knowledge each time I begin a new project so it’s nice to put some of it into practice.

Apart from crafts, what do you like to do in your spare time?

My kids are pretty young still so spare time is very limited but we often explore the bushland surrounding our home and collect treasure as we go. We also draw a lot and most of the time there is music being played somewhere in our house.

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How long have you been creating art/crafts and how long have you been selling online?

I discovered embroidery from a young age but only in the last few years I have become really excited about what I can make with a simple needle and thread.

How many different places do you sell from?

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/FantailsAndFeet

https://www.facebook.com/peagreenboatwarburton/

https://www.facebook.com/Bee-and-Laurel-Art-and-Antiques-llc

http://www.jillffrench.com/

Do you have another job? What is it?

I have worked for many years in an academic library so I have prime access to an amazing collection of art and science books and I regularly lose myself amongst the collection.  Also a lot of my embroidery is done on the train during my daily commute.

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What’s the most difficult part of your craft?

One of the challenges with hand embroidery is the time it takes to finish a single piece.  On average it takes me about 3 days to finish a small bird, but larger birds have taken me up to 3 weeks to complete. I guess hand embroidery is considered a slow craft and is something that I’ve learned to embrace over time.

What is your favourite part of your handmade business?

I love handling the felt, but the best part of my handmade business is in the needlework itself.  I like that the traditional blanket stitches that are exposed and add an element of wabi sabi handmade authenticity.

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What are your hopes and aspirations for your store and where do you see yourself going from here?

I have so many ideas and at the moment I’m focusing more on making flocks of small birds.  In the future I’d like to tackle some large species such as pelicans or tropical parrots and I know it will happen when the time is right.

What are three tools in your workspace that you could not live without?

Sharp scissors (not easy to find in a household of creative people), needle nose pliers – always handy for bending legs and especially essential when making authentic looking knees, and sandpaper for hand shaping the wooden eyes.

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Handmade Seller Interview: Another Studio

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This week’s interview is with U.K.-based Aimee from Another Studio, who designs creative and original gifts & homeware including miniature cress gardens, vases, and architectural model kits.

My favourite is the kit for the metal planthouse, as shown above. That would look fantastic on my desk!

And now I’ll hand over to Aimee to tell you more about herself and her products:

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m Aimee and run Another Studio, a craft design practice based in London.

How did you get started in your handmade business?
I was always interested in art and design and studied BA Applied Arts at Middlesex (many years ago!) which was a very hands-on course so we were primarily based in the wood, ceramics or metal workshops, experimenting with materials and learning different making skills and techniques.

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What first made you want to become an artist/craftsperson?
From a young age I was always crafting and making things; be it houses for my dolls, shoes made from cardboard or stencilling patterns everywhere and anywhere. Now I’m having flashbacks to a mosaic window shelf I created, and the sun & moon themed bedroom decor I had when I was about nine years old!

Apart form crafts, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy going to the gym and working out – it frees my mind from work. I also love to cook and experiment with new dishes.

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How long have you been creating art/crafts and how long have you been selling online?
I launched my first product in February 2010 – PostCarden, a miniature garden you send in the post. Since then I’ve designed new pieces every year and make creative bookmarks, architectural model kits, pencil pots, vases and light shades!

How many different places do you sell from?
We have quite a range of products and sell these all via our website:
www.another-studio.com
Our Etsy shop also sells most items: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AnotherStudio
In addition, we sell select designs to a lot of museums in the UK such as the design museum (designmuseumshop.com) and Royal Academy (www.royalacademy.org.uk).

Have any pets?
Stanley, a little dachshund pup (he has his own Instagram: www.instagram.com/stanleysausagedog)

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What is your favourite part of your handmade business?
I’m constantly learning new skills and techniques, so I’m always experimenting; be it with computer software, use of materials or production processes – I’m pretty self taught so I’m always happy to use new projects as an opportunity to teach myself something new.

What are three tools in your workspace that you could not live without?
Scalpel, blades and ruler.

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What was the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
I had a whirlwind 36 hours in Venice and enjoyed every second. It was amazing how much of the biennial we crammed in whilst soaking up the atmosphere and walking around the beautiful streets.

What is your earliest memory of creating something you were proud of?
We were lucky enough to be taught ceramics at primary school. I made a dodo-type bird which I still have today, and I’m still proud about how cool it is.

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