fredag 19. desember 2008

Meet Bianca at bndesign

Today it is time to meet Bianca, the creative mind behind bndesign. Bianca has a great variety of products in her shop, and I usually discover something new every time I take a look at her shop, or something that I just haven't noticed remember to take a good look around in her shop once you're done reading this interview!!

1. Tell me about your store (name, products, etc)?
What is there to tell? Let's start with its name: bndesign. That is my design-name. It is my initials (Bianca Noodelijk) plus the word design. I already have my own online shop but that is my little jewelry shop.
Then why did I choose my design name for etsy? Well I started out as a buyer and didn't think about selling on Etsy at first... When I did think about selling I thought about selling my prints, art... But I started to list more and more jewelry, which sold a lot better;) So that is why the jewelry took over :)
I sell a lot of things in my shop, mostly jewelry. But also phonecharms, plushies (triny's), ACEO's and for 2009 I have the plan of listing photo's/ prints/ art/ cards and such.
I miss designing. I am still thinking if it is a good idea putting it all in one shop or maybe I should make a second. But I am still undecided on that one...
I am selling on Etsy since December 14th 2006 :) And I notice an increase on sales as I go along which is always good! That keeps me keen to make and list and promote more to keep it growing.
2. What made you start selling your products and show your designs tothe rest of the world?
My design/ illustration work I was already showing to the world but since it is hard to get assignments for that I also started to make jewelry which is more easy to sell on. And now the jewelry kinda took over... And I always make a LOT! So I have lots of stock. Even of products I don't use/ wear myself. And what better way to get them out of the way by selling them and making some extra cash with it?! So it really started out as a hobby. Which it still is. But I also have the dream of making my living out of my work. (designwise and jewelrywise)
3. How do you let the world know about your products?
Promote promote promote! I started out with my family (although only my mother and grandmother promote me;)) (and my bf!) and I keep 2blogs, a personal one and a "business" one, and I sometimes place ads. And of course on the forums on Etsy :) with my lovelystreetteam! Also I some times do a craftfair. And people are now finding me for time to time, which is great. My plan for next year is to invest a part of my etsy-income in more ads to get more people to notice me... I am still in the invest more than you earn part but next year I only want to invest my etsy/craft income to the crafts section of my life...
4. Do you adjust you crafting to the different seasons? And how?
Just a little bit. I always try to come up with new items to make. ButI do use more vivid colors in spring summer, Christmas fabrics forChristmas and snowflakes for winter. Although when made they will bein my shop all year round (except the Christmas items, those I do remove from my shop)
5. How do you get inspired?
Very boring: by everything around me! The butterfly necklaces I am making started out by looking at old poetry images and me thinking howcan I use those? Because I love them! Also nature brings me lots of inspiration: the colors the shapes! And of course fashion, songs,movies... truly anything can be an inspiration.
6. Do you ever get a creative block?
Oh yes! I notice when I focus myself to much on one thing like photography or just the butterflies, that I get bored and fed up with it. So that is why I do so many things! I can't get myself to focus on just one thing! Although I do envy people like Anna, thehouseofmouse, they have a style and product I have a bundle of things. I also noticed that I need time to be creative. I used to have a full-time job with no free-time almost and I had no time to create. That made me so sad and down that when I left there I took a part-time job so I can do both. Although I must say I do miss the extra money ;))
7. What is a normal day like for you?
That depends if it is a jobday or a "me" day. On a job day I leave the house around 8.40 and am back at 18.30. On a "me" day I get up (around7.30/8.00) check etsy and email when eating breakfast, get dressed. Feed the cat, go to the supermarket, post some packages (if I have sold items;)). Go home, do the laundry, some ironing/ housework. Check etsy and everything again. Take photo's of items, upload those, edit them and start listing. Or make new items :)But with the start of 2009 I also want to give that a new turn: I want to make a timetable sort of like a workday, and stick to it. Get upearly and work with a routine. So my days get more organized and I will be able to do more :)
8. Do you do this for fun or for serious business?
It is both :) It is not serious enough that I can live from it, but I do treat it like that since I do want that to happen :) But I also love doing this so it is also fun ;)
9. How do you see yourself down the road?
Well hopefully being able to live of my work. And I do have the dream of owning a real shop also where I sell my handmade items (and depending on the size: also handmade items from other crafters)
10. What else interests you besides your craft?
Art and design, but that is also craft related. Fashion and photography, but that is also design related, so yeah... everything in my life is connected :)
11. Is there something you would like to say as the end of the talk?
Thank you VKnO for this opportunity :) You are the best (and people should check out your lovely shop!!) And I just hope people will lovemy items :D People should buy more handmade items, it is unique and more special :)
illustratie - fotografie - design
Hope you've enjoyed reading this.......I'll be back with a new interview after the holidays :D

11 kommentarer:

ChichiBoulie sa...

great interview of a lovely seller!

karuski sa...

It was nice reading, thanks for sharing a bit of your life Bianca! I love your butterfly necklaces:)


dindi sa...

So much fun to read about bndesign!

ingermaaike sa...

Thanks for sharing, love to read these snippets of others peoples lives :0D

Star of the East sa...

Lovely interview of a lovely seller!

kraplap sa...

lovely interview !

l'actrice sa...

Great interview and really interesting to find out more about Bianca!!!


Heli sa...

Happy to know bianca better :)

BNdesign sa...

Aw so sweet!! Thank you so much (and I ment it what I said in my email;) if you send me your answers I will feature you :))

(and thanks everybody for the lovely comments:))

Sigmosaics sa...

fantastic interview ... so wonderful to know more about the person behind the shop!!! I love to read these :)))

PastelGuy sa...

Great interview. One of the great things about blogs is that one is able to catch a glimpse of the person behind their art. Very cool. Thanks for following me on Twitter!

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