I have known ravencolours in chat for as long as I've been selling on etsy so I'm delighted to show you her work. Her photos have many moods from the happy to the mysterious. 1. How long have you been selling on etsy?
I have been selling on etsy for about 10 months, I started my shop in January.
2. Do you have advice for etsy newbies?
Be patient and promote. Don't expect your first sale right away, it takes awhile for people to discover your shop, so don't give up hope! Promote, promote, promote. Go to the chat rooms, create a facebook page, anything to help word of your shop to spread around. And participate in shop critiques the advice you get from those is invaluable. Also, stay true to yourself. If you try to change your style to something you think may sell better then your not selling your work anymore. You're deceiving your customers and yourself.
3. What are your fave etsy shops and why?
This is a very hard question, haha. I have way to many to list. i'll just narrow it to say all the amazingly talented photography shops on Etsy. It's all so inspiring and there is so much talent. Also, graphic tee shops. I'm a sucker for any quirky unique design that I know no one else will have.
4.What are your fave pieces in your shop and why?
I have to say I love Color Me Multi and Morning Coffee. One, because people really seem to like them and two, because I love the colors and I think they really say a lot about the direction I'm trying to go in as a photographer.
5. What plans do you have for your shop?
To sell photos! I just hope to get bigger and start selling more. I'm in college right now and it's just great to have something like this on the side to help me decompress and take the stress off. It'd be great to have it as a way to support myself reasonably well, but that's just me dreaming big. Right now, I just want to get my name out there and have people learn something about how I see the world.
6.How long have you been creating art?
I have been dong photography for about four years, I started as a junior in high school. I learned in the darkroom with the chemicals and the film, it was very retro and I loved it. I now do pretty much digital but my heart and inspiration will always be with film.
7.Who are your art heroes?
Claude Monet is definitely one of my major art heroes. I grew up working in the garden with my mother and watching a movie called Linnea in Monet's Garden at my Nana's house so you can see where that originated. Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus painting. I love all the history behind that piece. Photographic heroes I'd have to say Sebastião Salgado, Richard Avedon, Harry Benson, Dorothea Lange and James Nachtway just to name a few.
8.Where do your ideas come from?
Everyday life, a great song, me daydreaming during class. I guess my ideas come from just me trying to put my spin on everyday objects and giving my thoughts and emotions an outlet.
9.What do you do when you have a creative block?
I'm majoring in photography right now in school so whether or not I have a creative block I have to go shoot. I just try to power through it and see the beauty in whatever it is that I happen to be shooting. Always have your eyes open and try to be seeing pictures, no matter what your doing.
10.What other interests do you have that feed into your art?
Photoshop definitely, though I'm not sure if you can call that a hobby or not. I love just getting on it and experimenting and trying out new filters or combinations just to see if it works or not. Music in general is a huge inspiration to me, it's even in my materials list in my shop! I've been involved in some type of musical activity since kindergarten so whether I'm listening to it or participating it's a huge influence on my work.