So I got featured in a cute blog, called I bleed heart. I feel lucky that someone found me on Etsy out of all the crafters that are on there! I figured I would repost the interview here too.
I Bleed Heart
You’ll love this week’s featured Etsy shop! Taryn from tomgirl jewelry is located in Sunny San Mateo, California and crafts exquisite leather jewelry in gorgeous color combinations! She was even kind enough to offer 20% off to all of the blog readers through June with coupon code IBLEEDHEART. When you see her work, I’m sure you won’t be able to resist! OH! And May 10th is the official “support handmade” day! 😉
Thank you, Taryn, for allowing me to feature you!
Tell me a little bit about your history with art and how you got started with leather.
I have always been creative, and I am lucky to have a mother who values creativity; so I have been crafting since I was tiny. I studied art in college at Alfred University in Upstate New York, and ended up focusing on Glassblowing and Woodworking (which I love), but a few years later I decided to go abroad to London, England and study shoemaking, at Cordwainers within the London College of Fashion. I fell in love with leather. I worked for a couple shoe companies, and enjoyed designing shoes, but I prefer to be hands on, and ultimately I found it was more fun to fit people’s ears (and necks) than it was to fit their feet. I stayed working with leather, but migrated north, towards ears.
So, what inspired you to start selling on Etsy?
Do you have any goals for your shop?
I love my little Etsy shop, but my main goal in life is to be creative and enjoy being. I work as a jewelry designer for an online company called Beaducation.com. I am in charge of the DIY Designs, and I feel so happy there, that it keeps me content doing TOM girl Jewelry on the side. Things stay fresh for me doing various jobs that all feel fulfilling; it means I never get sick with any one of them. So, I am content to let my Etsy shop grow in a natural way, and I will keep making things, which is what I do best.
All of your work is gorgeous and wish I could buy them all! Is there a particular item in your shop that you favorite?
OH… I really do love them all! It’s funny because I get to make things custom for myself and match colors to strange patterned dresses and off beat outfits, but at the end of the day, I love wearing a simple pair with a tee-shirt or a metallic cascade. So, I guess my favorite item would be a pair of long gold cascades.
I love those gold earrings! Do you have a favorite part of the creating process?
I love finding new ways to do things. I excel with challenges. I used to work for a women’s clothing company called Anthropologie doing display work for them. I realized as I was working there, that I am fast, and can switch gears even faster! I love challenges, I love showing people that anything is possible, and I love that there are many ways to do the same thing. I get excited when I start a new project. I think, I can do this, or this or even THIS, and ultimately, my excitement is magnified, because each way is totally right!
I’m completely impressed (and a little jealous) that you worked for Anthropologie doing their displays!
Do you sell in any brick and mortar shops or have any arts festivals coming up?
I am going to be at Bazaar Bizarre SF THIS month. May 18th and 19th. It’s a fun craft fair that is also a part of Maker
Faire, which is HUGE and very diverse. If anyone is in the Bay Area, it’s a fun place to be.bazaarbizarresf.org/shows/makerfaire/
I also have a few brick and mortar shops around. Luckily Etsy has made it possible for people to find me to sell wholesale, which is great.
Tomgirl Jewelry has so much more to offer than what you see here, so head on over to her shop by clicking on any of the photos. Don’t forget your coupon code!