Kimberley of TapadhLeibhCards on Etsy has put her photography hobby to work for her. She specializes in cards and prints. I've always admired her work and own a few of her cards. I tend to see them as small works of art, so instead of sending them, I decorate my walls. Maybe I need more! Check them out and see the great deal she has just for readers of this blog at the end of the interview.
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ETTeam Blog: What made you open an Etsy shop and how long have you been creating the types of items you sell in your shop?
Kimberley: I created my etsy shop when I was in a bit of a lull in my life. I had just finished my fifth year of university, and wasn't starting work until June. I had a lot of time on my hands, and not a lot of money. The summer previous I had been on a trip to Vietnam and had a lot of my photography up on a website I had created to show my friends and family my adventures. I sent out a sort of "distress" call to my facebook friends, letting them know how bored and poor I was. One of my good friends suggested I start selling my photography as art cards. This led me to finding etsy and the rest is history. Now, I stay on it because of the community of artists I've discovered and because it is basically a hobby that pays for itself.
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ETTeam Blog: Where does the inspiration for your work come from? Is there a connecting theme or style that ties your items together?
Kimberley: Inspiration... I am inspired by so many different things including my travels, my humour and my home. I am very lucky to have grown up in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can go on a ten minute walk and find numerous subjects for my photography. The world is a beautiful place, how can we not want to capture just a little bit of that?
ETTeam Blog: What was one of the nicest or funniest experiences
you've had with a customer who purchased from you on Etsy?
Kimberley: I really can't say that I've had a nice or funny
experience from my buyers, but I do have to say that some of my
buyers have been members of etteam. Etteam has been an
amazing part of being on etsy. I have met a wonderful group
of women with an awesome set of skills. They provide me with advice, encouragement, funny stories AND sometimes they buy my stuff.
Usually after I make a sale, I buy something else on etsy.
I like to think I keep the cycle of supporting artists going.
ETTeam Blog: How do you want people to feel when they purchase
one of your items?
Kimberley: When one of my cards comes in the mail, I want the
buyer to feel like the photograph looks even better than it did on
ETTeam Blog: What's your best advice for shop owners?
Kimberley: I suppose my best advice for shop owners is to be
patient. And to have fun with everything they do. Because if
we aren't having fun, why are we doing it?
ETTeam Blog: Do you have any special promotions you'd like to
Kimberley: If you read this interview and think you may like some
of my photographs, please use the coupon code BLOGCOUPON to
get 15% off any of my items. TapadhLeibhCards