Sunday, February 26, 2012

Spotlight Seller

This week on the Spotlight Seller we are featuring the awsomeness that is Joe of Black Ship Crafts!!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
Hi! My name is Joe, friends call me Joe Bridge. I've spent some time traveling all around the lower 48 and Mexico, taking pictures, helping with community projects, crafting, picking up skills and trades, farming, cycling, touring with rock bands, etc. I am currently living in the country out side of Gainesville, FL, but I'm moving up to Minneapolis soon. I love the country life, but the city is calling me back.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I've been vegetarian for 13 years.. since shortly after I was introduced to the idea at 17. I decided that I loved animals and loathed factory farms.

When did you open your shop on Etsy? 
The shop was started last spring/winter. I was laid off from my job at a bike shop in Gainesville, and, not seeing many jobs, or any that seemed appealing, I decided to put more time into my crafts.

Black Vegan Snap Bracelet
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy? 
I mostly sell handmade belts, wallets, guitar straps, and other leather style goods, but I use discarded bike tubes that I collect from local bike shops.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do? 
I am also a musician, partner, painter, photographer, frame builder, journalist, cyclist, skater, activist, community advocate, carpenter, metalworker, traveler, and, jeez, artist and general tradesmen I guess. 

Where do you get your inspiration? 
Life, love, nature, hard work, struggle, compassion. I love bikes and working with my hands. Creating new things to replace the factory made junk that we are constantly bombarded with. I've always been inspired by peoples struggles for equality and justice, and all the aspects that go into why anyone would be empowered to stand up for their own justice, and, against their oppression. 

Vegan Guitar Strap w/ Pick Holder
What's your favorite veggie meal? 
Oh jeez. I LOVE food. I love cooking the best new meals with friends from whatever we have available around the kitchen and garden. And, eating with friends. Minneapolis has a ton of amazing cheap veggie food to eat out, though. Hard times cafe, Seward Collective Cafe, Jasmine Deli to name a few. oh, and, strong, coffee...

Where else can we find you? 
I just had a table at the Artwalk in Gainesville last night! I mostly spend my time out in country, but I'll be in the collective cafe's and bike shops and record stores of Minneapolis soon though. I do a blog about new crafts and bike building.; I have a facebook page for the shop - - and a twitter - @BlackShipCrafts and Pinterest 

Where else can we find your stuff?; Pedalr is a super awesome 
cycle based online shop - 

Thanks for being part of the team Joe!! Make sure to check out upcycling at it's best at Black Ship Crafts!!

*If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 


FireHorse3 said...

Hello Joe! Love your shop and ethos :)

Black Ship said...

Awesome! Thanks! Feel free to follow the shop on blogspot, facebook, twiiter, pinterest, whatever!

SilentLotus Creations said...

very cool! :)