Thursday, January 14, 2010

FEATURED ARTIST

Hmm. Our featured artist describes their shop as "evil" - really. Well, that should get your interest about -



Come meet this "evil" artist -

Briefly describe what you make?

I make the world a brighter place with snarktastic greeting cards and paper gifts that your mother would never send. We combine beautiful design with edgy copy to create the kind of products that make smart people laugh.

What mediums do you enjoy working in most?

I tend to prefer working in larges. Size matters, you know. Flytrap is a paper store.

How long have you been creating craft?

My shop has been open for a little over a year. But I don't consider it a craft. It's more of a means of spreading evil pleasure.

How did you get started?

I started by making jewelry. I sold okay, maybe 35 sales in 6 months. I realized I sucked at jewelry after I made some obnoxious parking tickets in December of 2009 (my only paper item at the time). They sold like hotcakes. By mid-February, I had given all of the jewelry away and completely transformed the business into paper products.

Where does the name of your shop come from?

Venus Flytraps teeter on the edge of inappropriate plant behavior - just like Flytrap products do. They're also funny looking.

What would you most want people to know about your work?

Someone, somewhere is going to get offended. Someone, somewhere else is going to laugh. The important thing to remember about Flytrap is that we will not skimp on quality in language, paper, design, or printing. You're going to be able to give someone a card that makes them laugh after teasing them with a warm and fuzzy graphic.

What words of advice do you have for other artists?

Be agile. Don't get emotionally attached to any aspect of your business - least of all your art. If something's not moving, create something that will. By the same token, realize there is a market for everything. If you're going to insist on creating a product that isn't moving, spend your time finding a market that wants it.

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5 comments:

KFM Gallery said...

great article.. i want to check out the shop, but i think the link is broken? :(

Robert A said...

The link on the graphic at the top of the article is now fixed. The link at the bottom of the article always worked.

Sorry about that - not sure why blogger added a bunch of extraneous text to the link code.

Click away and see this neat shop!

DarlingNikki said...

awesome shop! i hearted it :0)

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Great article on a really cute shop. Thanks for sharing Flytrap!
Peace, Judi

Leaf and Tendril said...

Nice interview and great shop. I like your crisp and colorful cards.