Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Emma, I'm orginally from Newcastle in the northeast of England(UK) but I now live in Nottingham (UK). I moved to Nottingham to attend the Nottingham Trent University, I completed a degree in Fashion & Textiles and after meeting my boyfriend I decided to stay. I've lived here for 6 years now and I work full time in Sales (thats the boring day job that pays the bills). The fun starts after work and at weekends when I can sew until my hearts content!!! I dream of the day when I can leave my job and full time craft.
Website (undercontruction): http://www.bagladee.com/
What are your interests?
I love fashion- clothes, shoes but especially bags! I read copious amounts of fashion magazines and like to keep cuttings of things that inspire me. I like to go to the cinema, catch up with my friends and travelling. I love meeting new people, learning new skills and broadening my knowledge of the world. Anything creative is my escape from the mundane day to day job
How did you find out about Etsy?
I discovered Etsy through a friend who is also a member of Etsy. Sarah, (paperandstring.etsy.com) she encouraged me to join and I'm so pleased I did, just wish I had done it sooner
Please describe your creative process:
My creative process usually starts with inpspiration from things I have seen in magazines, the fabric I buy, time spent with friends or even just doodling on pieces of paper. I then start experimenting with technical patterns, making decisions such as handle composition & length, size of compartments and detailing. I then make a mock up (test piece) of the bag and check to see if the overall bag works as a design. Then the fun bit starts where I can choose fabrics, cut out pieces and start sewing to see my creation take shape. Once the main body of the bag is sewn together I can then get more creative and add detailing like diamantes and beads. The hard bit is letting my creations go to their new homes.....but that is soon forgotten once I'm busy making the next. I also do alot of commmission work which is really fun as I try to pick out peoples personalities in the bags I make for them. I like to know my customer, the things they like, what inspires them and most of all how much they love their bag as much as I did making it.
How do you promote your work?
Mainly I give out A LOT of business cards, join in the forum threads in promotions, keep friends and family updated with lots of emails. Make sure my blog is kept up to date and attend as many craft fairs that I can possibly fit in.
Could you please tell us about 5 etsy stores that you most like?
My favourite is:
lrsteiner.etsy.com (there are too many of my favourites but these are my top 5)