Sunday, March 16, 2014

Artists Spotlight Urte and Simona

Welcome to another edition of Artist Spotlight, our regular Monday blog. This week we have a team of two artists, Urte and Simona from LinenHomeShop. Urte and Simona create beautiful linens for table: napkins, table cloths, runners. Here is one of their lovely items:

                                                Green linen napkins 

Tell us a little about yourself and your creative business.
We are Urte and Simona. Two good friends engaged to our handmade business. We have some other shops on Etsy. Urte is making flower girl linen dresses and hair accessories and Simona is an artist of collectible Teddy bears. We have families and children but also we are addicted to handmade goodies :) Our jointly business was born of a big love to linen.

                                 Linen  kitchen oven mitts pair with roses

 • How did you get your start?
One beautiful day we just talked and decided that we can share with people what we do, what we use at home, and what we are making for ourselves. So we opened a Linen home shop. The start was with vintage linen products. We used our mothers and grandmothers linen reserves :) During few months we made more products. We are doing everything together. Urte is more of the SEO specialist and I like to work with photography :) We want our shop to look more natural, so most photography compositions are made in a home environment and with food.

                                 Linen grey and red polka dot table cloth

 • Where do you get your inspiration?
Oh :) this is the easiest question :) Inspiration is everywhere around us. Books, pictures, photography, fairy tales, kids and family, and all the small wonders around the world, which sometimes are not noticed. And for sure, our big inspiration is our clients and their happiness when they get the production and write beautiful "thank you" letters...

                                             Neon  Pink Linen napkins 

 • What has been your biggest successful moment so far?
Well we are not sure jet :) Linen home shop is very young. Maybe for now it's all the attention we get from blogs, magazines, Etsy admins and customers.

                                         Linen Wedding Table Runner 

 • What challenges do you face selling online?
The biggest barrier is our language. English is a foreign language for us, and sometimes it's hard to describe everything as it should be. But we are learning a lot and I hope we will achieve a good outcome...

                                  White pale violet tartan table napkins

 • What advice would you give someone just starting out on Etsy? Do everything from your heart... Work hard.... Read more Etsy handbooks... And never give up... ;)
 Best wishes, Simona and Urte

 Thank you Simona and Urte for sharing your story with us. Well, that wraps up another edition of Artist Spotlight. We run this column every Monday and we’re always looking for artists to spotlight. So if you are interested, or know someone that our readers would love to hear about, please let us know.
 Thanks for stopping by!
 Until next time…

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