Charan sells polymer clay jewelry, but she also makes other jewelry and she sells supplies.
I think her work is fantastic. I love the beautiful details and the stunning colors.
I've asked Charan a few questions to find out more about her and her shop.
1) Where did you learn your craft?
Art and creating have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. This started with 'hand painting' on fabrics for a local company. This slowly got me interested in creating jewelry matching the 'prints' I created. I first started by painting wood pendants and then I started to look for ideas to convert these floral designs into 3D jewelry creations. Then I found out about this thing called polymer clay. As it turns out, it was love at first roll. The freedom I had to make my own colors, and create textures and designs was thrilling. The process is lengthy – it involves kneading the clay, mixing my own colors, hand 'sculpting' every single detail from scratch, and adding texture – but I love it so much! My polymer jewelry was a result of a lot of experimentation.
2) What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from so many places. I find it everywhere, in Patterns, nature, structures, colors; all of these things have played a part in my creations. My work is predominantly inspired by textiles, including embroidery and prints. Once I have an idea I want to run with, I either start sketching, creating color boards, or sit down with a lump of polymer clay and start sculpting to get my creative juices flowing.
3) How/When did your Etsy adventure start?
I've always loved art and crafts. I love to experiment and try my hand at any interesting craft/ art that I discover. I've created artwork in various media: oils, acrylics, paper cutting, collages, wood and clay sculptures, 'blockprinting' and screen printing textiles, handcrafting jewelry etc. Motivated by the positive comments from friends and family, I started looking for an avenue to sell my creations that gave me liberty to create and sell while managing my home and kids. That's when my Etsy shop came into being. I am extremely lucky to be a stay at home mom with 2 small beautiful girls, doing what I love to do.
4) Do you have any advice for people who also want to make a living by being creative?
I think the most important thing is to find a niche for yourself and create a brand around it. And the best way to promote your creations outside of 'internet' is to 'wear' it yourself whenever possible. If your art is wearable, wear it and gift it to friends to wear. Always have business cards on hand. At all times. An important key to effective online selling is the first impression of your shop. Secret to sales is beautiful photographs of your creations.
5) What are your plans for the future?
In the future I hope to continue being able to make a living doing what I love. I hope to continue growing my business and expanding my line of products! My goal for next year is to participate in different shows & fairs in Canada and the US and building a bigger online presence. I also plan on adding my 'block printed' items and acrylic paintings. I’m very happy to be continuing my journey as a small business owner, and to be growing creatively and professionally.
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