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“Silkhope86 is a formally educated and practicing Graphic Designer who specializes in logos, branding, and marketing materials with positive feedback. She also works on a side project called Doggie Woggie. It’s a Zine she created and currently works on with a friend. Doggie Woggie is an Art and Design driven kitsch independent zine for man’s best friends and their owners. She’s got a lot to offer for those of you who are starting out a business and might need a little help with marketing and promoting your store!”
What got you interested in crafting?
I have always been very creative since I was young. My Father is an illustrator/graphic designer as well and he taught me how to draw at an early age. My parents and a favorite Aunt really fed my creative outlets and always got me fun toys and kits that taught me different crafts and techniques. I was also able to teach myself things, like how to sew, by watching my Father sew his patches on his Navy uniforms. I’m very mechanically inclined and good at trouble-shooting technical issues so that kind of helps in my Design and capability to build things.
What has been your favorite project to make and why?
I just completed a pillow in May for a weaving class I had to take as part of my BFA. I have just fallen in love with weaving because it is another way to build images. It’s like a crafty form of Graphic Design.
What’s the secret behind your etsy name?
My favorite Aunt I mentioned before was married to a bicycle maker who died at a young age. Silk Hope was the name of his bicycle company. The 86 stands for the year I was born. I created my account long before I ever thought I would have a shop.
If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?
It would be called Flotsam & Jetsam which is actually the name of the umbrella in which all my projects fall under. I was raised in Virginia Beach so I really like old nautical terms and generally the phrase is kind of like a this & that or an yin & yang of the sea.
It would look like a kitschy-foo-foo cottage, or a shop down a cobble-street in a place like Middleburg, VA. I would sell a little bit of this and a little bit of that (*hint Flotsam & Jetsam). My hand-made goods, design services, and paper-goods.
What is the most challenging thing you have made?
I built myself a vanity in a Furniture Design class when I was in college. It was challenging to learn how to use the tools. I guess not so much how the tools work but tools are not made for women and they are bulky and large so they can be a bit hard to handle. I hand-turned the legs on a lathe and I carved out all the joints that made the box that holds all my make-up. I also had to cut the reflective plexiglass plate that I used as the mirror.
What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?
In the next year I really hope to get my Zine off the ground, start making rugs out of recycled materials, and coming up with a prototype for a Dog Bed I invented, ALL WHILE I maintain my clients. I recently moved to Northern Virginia after I graduated from ODU. I work a normal day-job as a Graphic Designer full-time but I have a client that I design websites for in Norfolk, VA and a client here that I am currently implementing a new identity for which entails all their marketing material.
What inspires you to be crafty?
I like to window-shop but I don’t like to spend money so when I see something I like I say why do I like that? Most of the time it’s the colors or patterns and I say I can make something in the like that I might actually need or that I might give to someone. Now I am using my little talents to try to make some extra money 😉
What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?
Not to be pretentious, but I am very good at selecting color combinations. I love color theory and it was one of my favorite classes I took in college. Luckily, or unluckily, I got to take it twice because it didn’t transfer from one college to the next.
If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?
Two things that I think everyone wants, money and time lol. More money to promote my store on etsy and different sites. More time so I could do all the little projects I want to do. It’s amazing that even when you aren’t married or a Mom you still don’t have time 😉
She also has a website you can reach her at here.
Thank you so much for stopping by!