"MEET the ARTISAN" is a blog series that spotlights Etsy New York Team artisans and their craft. In this feature, we learn more about Natasha, the creator of Jumping Birds©.
Q: What is Jumping Birds? Can you briefly describe your business for us?
A: Jumping Birds is unique goods for children and babies handcrafted one by one, with love for charming yet minimal details and construction quality. I strive to design and make items that will be enjoyed by little ones for a long time and that will stimulate their imagination.
Q: Some artisans develop their products to meet consumer needs, while others craft products based on things and/or experiences that inspire them. What is the inspiration behind your business?
A: When I design I find inspiration everywhere. Vintage children’s clothes and toys or my own daydreaming, anything sets me going. My mind is always filled with ideas (it’s a bit chaotic at times!) and eventually one of them is realized and becomes a tangible item. Also, the fact that I have shipped all around the world and the dream that one of my goodies might become a family heirloom to someone, is so encouraging! Of course, my children - always “jumping” about - are an endless source of inspiration.
Q: Oftentimes, each artisan has a different strategy and objective for their business. What are the next steps for you and your business?
A: At the moment I’m very happy with the size of my business. It allows me to come up with new designs and develop new ideas, one step at a time. I’m also enjoying doing a few local fairs whenever I can. I love talking to customers and finding out what they like. I’m hoping to be ready for wholesale in the near future and explore that side of business.
Q: As many artisans look to grow and further develop their businesses, do you have some advice that you can share with fellow artisans?
A: Whatever your craft is, make sure you’re passionate about it and that you absolutely love the making process involved. Experiment with other mediums and techniques or take a class, if possible. I think learning new things feeds my creativity and brings new inspiration. This will ultimately keep you relevant and unique.
Special thanks to Natasha for sharing with us. You can find her products showcased on her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/JumpingBirds. And, details of her special product GIVEAWAY are below. Please enter for your chance to win one of her beautiful plush robots!
Jumping Birds© June GIVEAWAY:
June 1st is Children's Day! And, Jumping Birds© is giving away a handmade, Mini Green Plush Robot!
A sweet little robot sure to make a statement in any child's room. This cutie can be used as nursery decoration, as a huggable plush, throw pillow or as a soft stuffed toy (kids really enjoy playing with them!) Backed with a chevron fabric in coordinating colors.
This Giveaway is for one (1) Mini Green Plush Robot.
7.5" high x 6.5" wide
Handmade of cotton/linen fabric and gently stuffed with poly-fil in her smoke-free, pet-free studio.
Entry period ends at 11:59pm on Monday, June 16, 2014!