This week's featured Etsy artist is Kayce, whose "whimmsical" creations can be found at her two Etsy shops: World of Whimm and On a Whimm. If you're looking for amazing,one-of-a-kind costumes this Halloween season, be sure to check out her shop!
Tell me two (or more!) interesting things about you.
I live in Everett, Washington with my husband and two children (5 year old Robbie and 19 month old Alyssa). About 8 years ago, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Up until a year ago, I was still trying to hold a job and raise two kids. It finally became too much for my body and I had to quit working. It’s one of the best things that could have happened to me! I have finally had a little time to work out all the ideas that have been building up in my head! And I get to spend all day with my kids who provide me inspiration.
What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
I sell kid’s dress up clothes as well as quilts, bibs and burp rags for babies.
Imagination… that’s what my shop is about! I’ve also started another shop (On a Whimm) for all the other things I create.
To which Etsy Street Teams do you belong? EtsyKids and EtsyRain (Seattle Street Team)
What inspires your creations?
Kids are my inspiration. I love the fresh and uncorrupted minds and I love to give them vehicles for exploring new things, ideas and dreams.
Tell me a bit about your creative process and/or how you learned to do what you do.
My husband gives me a hard time about my creative process. It’s random! I just go with the flow… I could be sewing a lobster costume one minute, then he’ll return five minutes later and I’ll be embellishing a dress for our daughter, then five minutes later, I’m making a collage. You never know what will pop into my head next… and I just let it happen. It’s a wonder I get anything done!
Like everything else, I am self taught in sewing and designing. I like to dissect things and figure out how their done. I’ll find an interest and study it for a long time before I jump in. It took me about two years of designing on paper and working it out in my head before I actually made a costume.
What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite item was my Peacock costume .
I have to admit I was a little disappointed when it sold. I posted it the night before it sold and really didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy it. Sounds silly, but every item I make is unique and one of a kind (I rarely make patterns) and they feel like little bits of me.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Reserved, creative and motivated.
What do you like about Etsy?
I love Etsy! I love the community feel that they have built and I love that they have created a place for talented individuals to share their art with others.
What makes your shop unique?
Everything I make is made with kids in mind. I use bright colored fabrics, soft and shiny fabrics. I design everything myself and most importantly, I design things that can be washed!
What advice do you have for other folks selling or buying on Etsy?
Enjoy what you are making. If you love what you are making, it’ll show in the end product and someone else will love it just as much.
Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
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