Good question. I am glad you asked. I started my Etsy shop in February of 2020 with a launch date of April 2nd. As I was creating my shop, I realized I had started to do this in October of 2018 but never followed through. Until this year I had a stigma against Etsy. I honestly never gave it a chance. I thought it was for mom’s and grandma’s that made Popsicle sticks with google eyes. Basically crafty stuff that was not for me.
Here’s a little back story of why I didn’t think I was a good fit for Etsy. First, I still don’t know what category my artwork falls into. But here’s an example of what I do, although I have many types, this is typical.
Acrylic and Ink. Starting with an abstract background, sometimes opposites, sometimes complimentary colors. Then I draw a tree or trees, depending on what’s going on with the finished background. I use a mixed size of ink pens, in black and colors. So, as you can see, it is difficult to put into a category. I suppose it would fit into one or many. I just have figured it out yet. Honestly I didn’t think “real” artists put their art on Etsy. I thought it was a cop out. So I hung my art in galleries. Nothing large or well known, just the small ones I could afford around Vegas. My first time hanging was in 2008. I hung a single piece at an art exhibit with The Gay and Lesbian Center. The show was called ARTrageous. Then my first wall rental was in 2013 at the Arts Factory here in Las Vegas. It is a yoga studio by day with wall space available to rent. I left my art up for an entire month.
Anyway, over the years I have hung my art at various places, I attempted to do an online store that focused on tree themed merchandise. I even tried my hand at a brick and mortar gallery/studio.
I ran across a YouTube video about why this person was leaving Etsy, I watched it and thought I bet there is another perspective about Etsy. So I found it and it was inspiring and very honest about the current changes on Etsy. I had no idea how this was really effecting the shops since I wasn’t officially on there as an open store. After watching and having a different view point I started search)found a lot of them. Now I just needed to figure out what I want to put into my shop. I did not want to deal with shipping artwork. It’s a nightmare. I wanted something different but still within my scope of what I do. It’s like opening a shop in a mall, (although not a good example nowadays) there’s built in traffic, advertising can be a minimal cost, I have freedom to create the store front, it’s easy to share to social media, plenty of support. The best thing is I can still create an online website. It is a great starting point for my work.
Along with some inspiration from artwork I have seen in galleries and my determination, I created what I now call bookmark art. I decided to go with Etsy as opposed to doing an independent online store because now I believe it is a perfect fit!. I got over my ego, I have changed my artwork and shipping is a breeze.
However this may work out, I am excited and looking forward to what may transpire. And that is why I am on Etsy You can check it out here Thehealingtreestudio