This weeks featured shop is SFetsy newbie SoraDesigns. In this beautiful shop you will find a world of fanciful jewelry, and nature inspired note cards. The price range is a very affordable $3-30 so you'll be able to shop for yourself and a few friends as well. Folks in the San Francisco Bay Area can even arrange for pick up/drop off to save on shipping!!
Make sure to stop by the Sora Designs Blog to keep updated.
1. Tell us about your product and where you get your inspiration.
I make lots of jewelry pieces with oxidized sterling silver wire and chain but I also like 14kt gold filled and brass chain and findings. I work with all kinds of beads: semiprecious stones, glasses, and vintage Lucite beads and pendants. Most of my designs are inspired by taking a walk during my lunch break and bathing in the sun (It's cold in San Francisco!); and on BART during my commute. I totally crave color and my jewelry reflects that. I enjoy hunting vintage buttons or findings of birds and butterflies and other things from nature. I also love organic shapes, imperfect circles and rounded edges. I also like making paper crafts using hand cut technique.
I wish I could wander around month after month simply spitting ideas out left and right, or scribbling in my notebook, but eventually I reach a time in the design process where I need to "shut it off" and focus on moving the design forward.
2. How did you get involved with etsy?
I sort of found Etsy randomly. There are still a lot of people out there who do not know about Etsy. I started making jewelry pieces for families and friends so I need to find a low cost way for people to access my designs. My experience with Etsy is exhausting but fruitful. If anything, at least I can sit down 30 years from now and have fond memories documented of a very intense experience in my life.
3. Do you sell your work in any bay area stores?
Not yet. Self-promotion is undoubtedly a needed part of being a designer in today's industry. However, between my day job and taking care of an energetic 2 years old boy, I haven’t spent enough time promoting my work.
4. When you're not creating what are you doing?
You will find me either playing with my 2 years old son or checking out other amazing crafters on Etsy.