Please welcome Rebecca George of purpleandlime on Etsy, this week's featured crafter. Huzzah for bacon!
How do you find out about craft fairs in your area? Do you belong to a crafter's alliance?
I find out about craft shows in the area through word-of-mouth, Facebook, and Twitter (and sometimes I hear about a show at another show!). I'm a member of the Chicago Style Crafters Etsy group and we have regular meetings in the city. I do all of my own research for my fashion inspiration. I do not sell exclusively online; my jewelry and accessories are sold at two shops here in Chicago (Wolfbait and B-Girls, and Paper Boy) along with various craft shows.
What was the impulse to start your business?
The impulse to start my own business has been there since I was a child and wanted to be a fashion designer- I knew I would have to start my own line to express myself through fashion. After many office jobs that didn't make me happy, I figured it was now or never to use my fashion degree I had worked so hard to get in London, England.
What is your niche? Why did you choose that niche?
My niche is catering to women who love fun and color. I have heard from many of my customers that my work has a sense of humor, and that makes sense as I value humor in regular life (I love comedy, esp. British shows like Ab Fab, etc).
Which colors interest you the most right now? What is inspiring you, creatively?
Right now I am very fascinated by flowers and bold spring colors like yellow, orange, kelly green, and shades of blue. I always love to work with jersey and wool, as well as recycled eco-felt because it is so versatile and can be used on clothing and in accessories. My current collection is entitled "Houses"- inspired by dollhouses, attics, and garden flowers.
What piece of advice do you wish you had, when starting your business?
The advice I wish I had when I started was to not be afraid to ask other artists and business owners for advice! The amount I have learned from others has been so valuable and taught me so much. Pass that advice along!
What question would you like to ask our readers?
I would like to ask your readers what their favorite color is because I am fascinated with color. My boyfriend is color-blind and I always wish I could see how he sees for a day.
Are you obsessed with bacon?
LOL! I am obsessed with images and art with bacon themes, despite being a vegetarian since age 16, a big animal lover, and part Jewish. I make bacon and other breakfast items because I love iconographic, bold pop-art (like Warhol), and find it very humorous. My paternal grandfather worked for a national hot-dog and sausage company, so packaged meat was always around as a kid.
Where can we find you online?
My Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/purpleandlime
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/purpleandlimefashion
Tumblr Blog: purpleandlime.tumblr.com
Thanks for the interview, Rebecca! Readers, what say you? I say, "More bacon!"