Sunday, October 4, 2009

Member Spotlight: ALineofHerOwn

Meet Debbie of A Line of Her Own!

Debbie's shop is filled with beautifully handmade journals, cards and jewelry.

1. What school do you attend?

I attend the University of Minnesota in Morris. If you don't know what/where that is, it's pretty much the little brother of the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.

2. What are you currently studying?
Studio Art with License to teach is what I'm aiming for. My major media are Drawing and Photography (with a bit of digital imaging mixed in for fun). This year is my final year in the Art Department and then next year is my final year over all!

3. What types of classes do you get to take? Which one is your favorite, and why?

The majority of my classes right now are art related with a few education ones scattered about here and there. I'm really enjoying taking Printmaking this semester because it's not something you really get to do with out a studio.

4. What do you want to do when you get out of school?

Once I graduate I intend to be an Art teacher, preferably in the high school grades.

5. What are some of your interests and hobbies?

I really enjoy learning unique types of art and crafting or even the types they just don't teach in my school. Last spring break I went to the North Shore and took a couple classes on Inuit stone carving and one on Viking knit chain. I learned something really interesting and had a blast while doing it. This isn't to say you won't find me lounging in front of my TV with my dog from time to time after all, we never miss an episode of our favorite show Bones!

6. What is your favorite thing about college so far?

I love how I'm getting to learn things that you practically don't even hear about in high school or even in the real world sometimes. I didn't even have an inkling what printmaking was before I got here and I hadn't been taught a thing about art history until I took a class here.

7. How do you manage your school work and Etsy shop?

Thankfully I got a lot of my journals made ahead of time, they're the most time consuming thing in my store. Another thing that helps is some of the stuff I do for school can be applied to my Etsy store such as a print I'm working on right now may make it's way to my inventory soon. Things like promoting myself and keeping up with the forums are all done on either the weekend mornings, like right now I'm typing this while I eat my Ego Waffles, or when I'm waiting around on campus for my next class to start.

8. What is the best advice you can offer to a fellow college student crafter?

DON'T DELAY! Make yourself a schedule and stick to it. I personally have a weekly planner that gets all homework and test dates written in it as soon as I get my syllabus. After that I'm able to judge what weekends would be good for me to go to the cities to get supplies, when I can spare some time for strictly Etsy business, and when I won't be able to make things for the store so I know to do it ahead of time. If you delay anything it will just get pushed back into something else, which will get pushed back into something else, which will lead to a major headache around finals week!



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