Wow, I am so excited this is our first time for featuring a weaver and a man! There are not that many guys on Etsy and I have only known one other male weaver from years ago. You must read about Matt, he has overcome some unique challenges in life and turn lemon's into lemonade. Thanks to the fantastic Faith Deal for sending Matt to my attention. If you check out his Esty shop you will see that he has a wide variety or items, styles and colors. There is something very comforting about his work and I am not sure why I say that but it is. I love the purple purse it is just too cute.
so read on
Where is your hometown? and current location?I'm originally from Upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes region. I've lived in a grand total of seven states thus far, up and down the east coast. Currently, I live in Columbus, Ohio and have been here for 11 years -- the longest I've lived in a single state.
Do you work outside of the home?Yes; I work in Information Technology -- it's something I enjoy and it pays the bills. However, I find myself being seduced more and more by fiber and weaving; I presently plan to make it my "retirement job". I have a number of people at work, too, who are supportive of me and like it when I come in and "show and tell". What inspires you? Wow. There's a lot here. Sometimes it's colour. Sometimes it's patterns. Sometimes textures. Other times I want to work around and/or escape the limitations of a medium -- I may see something which is knit or crocheted and wonder how to do it in weaving - often I can come up with a solution. Sometimes I'll start out with a theme, like a season. Books and websites can provide inspiration, too -- seeing what other artists have made on Etsy can give me ideas, too!
How did you begin with your art?When I was younger, I had the opportunity to play with a loom belonging to one of my great-aunts during a summer visit. That planted a seed. I've been crafty for many years, although admittedly for a long time my medium of choice was metalworking. A few years ago, I developed a neurological disorder which causes me to have an involuntary twitch/jerking of muscles -- at its worst, I've hit myself in the face. Additionally, I lost dexterity. Trying to use a torch while twitching scares me. Knitting is right out, too... So, I picked up weaving and have been having a blast since!
What do you do for fun?I read, play on the computer, programme, cook, play with my daughter, sew, and weave. I try to stay busy.
How would you describe your experience with Etsy?Mixed. I've found that Etsy is a fickle mistress -- as long as you pay attention to her, you'll get attention back. However, ignore her and she will ignore you as well. I think that in order to be successful on Etsy, you need to make a conscious choice and commitment to being successful on Etsy. It may be that once you've established a baseline you might be able to maintain that baseline without a lot of work, but I have not reached that point as yet.
Do you sell your products on other sites?Not as yet, no. Also, it's been my experience that smaller items tend to do better in BNR's. I have a mix of prices in my shop -- anywhere from $5 to $150. People seem to be looking for bargains in BNR's -- it is typical for sellers to offer discounts. So, unless you have good margins, you might find that your BNR sales, other than being promotional in nature, may not be a good long-term strategy.
If you have other sites, blogs, facebook etc, please list your links here.I blog about fiber related topics at http://woven-threads.net My facebook page for my weaving is at http://www.facebook.com/
If you would like to please recommend another shop that you would like to see featured here.I've pointed a couple of people your way -- I'll send some more. Thank you for this opportunity, I really appreciate it! Matt