Interview presentation by Kylie of SilentLotus
Meet Valerie of Etsy's PalafoxStudio23
Vibrant beaded and glass jewels in a kaleidoscope of colors; earth-friendly; inspired; exuding a passionate zest for life- Valeries' shop is a feast for the eyes, spirit, and the concscience! :)
Q. What do you sell in your Etsy shop?
I sell handmade, arty, colorful jewelry that incorporates a bit of upcycled/recycled material.
Q. What are your creative inspirations?
My pets, my neice and nephews, and nature. Being around my pets and family or just taking a little walk around outside does tons for me.
Q. How did you get started creating?
I’m a person who needs something to do all of the time (workaholic), so I started making gifts for family and friends in the evenings after dinner. A piece here, a piece there, and it just became an addiction as time went on. Plus, I love to create (anything), so that adds to the addiction as well.
Q. What other artistic tendencies do you have? Do you have other crafty/artsy skills that you already do or would like to try?
Gosh, let’s see...ummm, I can play just about any percussion instrument. I was in a great band for about 5 years, but I loathe performing live!! If I could just be a studio musician, I’d be all about it. As far as other things... I make mobiles/suncatchers, which are actually my favorite things to create. (I don't have them on etsy yet, because I can't figure out how to photograph them.) I started making jewelry because, while doing markets and shows, I needed filler for the mobiles. I also dabble in tile & glass mosaics.
Q. What would you like to try to make, that you haven't already? What is your dream project?
I’d like to start doing some soldering... I own a jewelers torch and have a great set up for it, but I’m a phobic freak and am intimidated by my torch. So, for now, it’s something for the future.
Q. Do you have any other hobbies/interests/passions?
I could not possibly live my life without music & books. I also love growing flowers and having a vegetable garden.
Q. How long have you been on Etsy, and are you an Etsy addict? :)
It’ll be 2 years in October since i joined etsy. I don’t know if I’d call myself an addict, but it’s close!
Q. Is etsy a large part of your business? How else do you market your work?
Etsy isn’t a huge part of my business, though I’d like it to be. I’m not as internet savvy as I feel I should be for that to be possible... but one day. Outside of Etsy, I have pieces in two local storefronts and two art galleries, and I vend at occasional shows/markets. So really, most of my marketing involves meeting the public.
Q. How long have you been vegan/vegetarian? How does being veg play into the rest of your life?
I’m going on my tenth year of being vegetarian, tho’ i was vegan the first few years. For me, being vegetarian puts me more in tune with my body & surroundings. I am lots more aware of the abuse animals suffer, especially since I live in the middle of factory farm country.
Q. What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?
We have a great food co-op here that I love... This time of year there are also tons of really great farmer’s markets, so I’m able to pick up lots of fruits & veggies that I don’t grow myself.