We have a craftsperson this week who knows how to deliver quality at a reasonable price. Come and meet -
Here is our interview with the artist, Martha -
Briefly describe what you make?
I make colorful fabric headbands. Wide, skinny, and elastic with flowers.
What mediums do you enjoy working in most?
I enjoy working with my hands. Everything from cooking (I will get my degree in culinary arts soon!) to sewing, writing, painting and photography. I also love embroidery and beading. It's just that lately between school and my store, I only get to do the sewing and the cooking.
How long have you been creating craft?
I have been creating things as long as I can remember. My dad still has Birthday cards that I made for him when I was 5. I became interested in crafts as a child. I grew up watching my mom create all kinds of outfits for me and my sisters, and many things for our house, like curtains, comforters... you name it. It actually runs in the family, my grandma was a seamstress and a nurse, her brother was a tailor, my mom sewed for us, my three sisters also sew, but I am the only one who made a business out of it, and I am enjoying every minute of it, because it allows me to be my own boss and be creative. Did I mention how fun it is to buy supplies for my store?
How did you get started?
It is funny because I was encouraged by co-workers to sell the things that I made. I made new outfits for me to wear on every "casual Friday." My friends always wanted me to make things for them, and I did, several times. Then I started making my purses too, and that's how I started selling. So it's good to work with lots of female friends!
I started an etsy store for my bags, I included a few headbands and the rest is history. My headbands outsold my bags, and that's how Bargain Headbands came to exist.
Where does the name of your shop come from?
I had an epiphany. I decided to start a store just for my headbands, I just needed a name, so one afternoon I was thinking about what my headbands were like and "Bargain Headbands" came to my mind, I thought it was perfect!
What would you most want people to know about your work?
I would like them to know that Bargain Headbands offers more than 100 beautiful headbands under $5 -You can never have too many headbands!
You'll know you found the right place when you visit my store.
What words of advice do you have for other artists?
Don't give up.
Try to improve yourself all the time. Read about marketing, SEO, photography and customer service. Learn as much as you can about your business and practice what you learn, it's worth it.
You can get a lot f gift shopping done at Martha's shop! Come see!