The Interview with Myself.
Wanna know more about jewelry designer Lorelei Eurto? Here it is- The Interview...
1) Tell me as much or as little about yourself as you feel comfortable with…
I am kind of tall but am shrinking a little. Was 5'9" but now I'm 5'8". I have shortish brown hair and have more grays than I can count. I am scared of the dark and fascinated with ghosts. I sometimes have a bad temper. My grandmother was from Greece. I dress kind of preppy and always have. I am married to the best man on earth, my soul mate. We have one spoiled cat, Marley. We live in her house. A bungalow on a tree lined street with beautiful houses on all sides of us.
2) What inspires you? I am inspired by nature, birds, the ocean, the color of the sky, Etsy, other jewelry designers like Andrew Thornton, Heather Wynn, Elizabeth Williams, Julie Joliat, Cynthia Thornton, Danielle Fox, Stringing magazine, colors of food like olives and cherries, my family and friends.
3) How would you describe your craft and style?
Asymmetrical, un-fussy, organic, earthy, vintage beaded jewelry with a fun and unique twist.
4) How long have you been creating jewelry? Since 2006. I am a completely self-taught beader, who one day picked up a Stringing Magazine and became completely inspired and addicted. I'm a very visual person, and a visual learner. I picked up basic techniques quite easily but have worked quite hard to master techniques such as wire wrapping, color combinations, balance within a design.
5) Is this a job or a hobby? This is a hobby and I plan to keep it this way. It gives me a creative outlet that I've been searching for a very long time. I have taken a handful of art classes such as drawing, painting and pottery. None of them cut it. I work full time in an art museum. Sometimes it's stressful managing an art collection, and jewelry seems to alleviate this stress.
6) What are your Etsy goals? I feel like my Etsy shop has manifested itself into this entity all by itself. It has evolved and changed, improved little by little. My goal would be to just keep making jewelry that makes people smile. I recently hit a milestone that I would never have even imagined back in 2006- over 100 sales and counting. That is fascinating to me.
7) What advice do you have for fellow Etsians? I would say, don't be afraid to get started. List list list. Find your niche. Stick with it. Get a good banner. Take great pictures.
I'm trying to follow all of this advice myself.