Dec 2, 2011

Don't you love a good Funnelcloud?

I was so glad to see you all loved the raindrop print I mentioned yesterday, because today I'm interviewing Rachel from Funnelcloud Studio - the creator behind that print and so many other amazing things! I've met Rachel and I'm happy to report she's as sweet in real life as she seems on her blog. (And she used the word bad-ass in her interview - who doesn't love that?)

How did you get started with your Etsy shop? I've always been creative and was educated as an architect. I had wanted to start an Etsy shop for years before I actually got the courage to just do it. While I dreamed of quitting my day job, it never really occurred to me that I could make a living as an artist. I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the field of architecture and needed a creative outlet, so I opened Funnelcloud Studio, and ultimately decided to quit my day job to focus on my art full-time. While it can be challenging to not have a full-time salary, it was the best decision I ever made!

Is your Etsy shop a full-time business or something you hope to grow into a full-time business? If it is full-time, how did you transition that? Funnelcloud Studio is my full-time job, though I am always looking to grow. My shop has been open for 18 months, though I still consider it to be in its infancy. I do most of my business through Etsy, but I also sell in person at art markets and I freelance as a greeting card designer. As a self-employed business owner, I'm always looking for new opportunities to diversify the way I sell my art.

What inspires you? Patterns, bright colors, geometry, architecture, photography, travel, and nature.

Your blog and shop are both named funnelcloud - how did you come up with that name? The name Funnelcloud is a reference to the fact that my studio is always a disaster - it looks like a tornado ripped right through it! Creative types are always messy, right? Plus, Funnelcloud Studio sounds way more bad-ass than Puffy Cloud Studio!

How do you come up with the items in your shop? Do you set aside time each day (or week) to create or is it more of an "as it happens" basis? I keep lists and sketches of concepts for new pieces, but I've found I'm most successful if I create a new piece as soon as I come up with the idea. My goal is to someday be disciplined enough to work exclusively during normal business hours, but right now my work schedule is very erratic. If I have a great idea late at night, I'll stay up and work while I'm inspired. I'm a total night owl, so this happens pretty frequently. I try to do something creative every day. I often work on weekends, too.

What's your favorite item in your shop right now? Does this ever change? My current favorites are my dodo and ostrich illustrations. But I have a new series of gouache illustrations that will available in the shop in early December - those will probably be my favorites next month!

And just for fun: if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Only one food? Seriously, I've been losing sleep over this question! I consider myself a foodie and an avid home cook, so I wish I could give you a sophisticated answer, but I always fall back on pasta (topped with cheese!) - I live on the stuff whenever my boyfriend is out of town. (Speaking of Larry, I just asked him how I should answer this question and he said "pine nuts.")

What do you think readers? Isn't Rachel talented? I actually get a little overwhelmed when I look through her shop because I go into "must have EVERYTHING" mode! Be sure to check out Funnelcloud Studio - the shop and blog! Happy Friday!

(All photos courtesy of Funnelcloud Studio)


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

This is an awesome interview! First, I love the name Rachel chose - and can totally sympathize. My studio is often a wreck. And it's so exciting to see an artist nearby who was able to make it a full-time gig. Thanks for sharing!

AshleyD said...

That owl picture is so cute! Thanks for sharing this interview; I love getting to know artists and designers on a more personal level. Pine nuts? Haha!

Sarah said...

I love Rachel! She is so sweet and talented. Her stuff is lovely - and so is she! :) Great interview.

Lisa (hello, suburbia) said...

Awesome interview, Becky! I love Rachel and her art!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Ha! I need that Eat More Cheese print - although I *DO NOT* need to eat more cheese. #Ilovecheesewaytoomuch

Lauren Drugan said...

My first thought upon reading this was "Oh Larry" - haha ;)

This was a great interview Becky and Rachel!

I too go into "must have everything" mode when looking at the Funnelcloud Studio shop - Rachel is oh so talented :)

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Thanks so much for interviewing me, Becky and for your kind words! And thanks to everyone else for your sweet comments - the support from the blogging and Etsy communities means so much to me!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow! She is so talented. I love that owl print - that would be an excellent inspiration piece for a nursery or a child's bedroom. Very cool.

I am always in awe of creative people who make their living doing what they love. It's just awesome, and i am glad there are people out there to support them and their livelihood!

Unknown said...

Wow! I love Rachel's artwork. The owl is super cute, but the raindrop print is very pretty too.

She said pasta--smart girl. :)

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Becky, had to drop by to say hello - and love this info/interview re: Etsy and "funnelcloud."
I am glad to see how Etsy has grown and caught on and have made mention of it in several articles I've written for BRIDE mag. So creative!
Hope all is well with you and Ben.
Having coffee; thinking of all y'all on the East Coast!

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