Thursday, September 25, 2008

Featured Diva Interview - With Morgan From Morgan's Unique Wearable Art

*A Note From DDIB: Morgan's "wearable art" is just as unique and special as she is!:-) Learn more about this creative diva and her magnificent work...

INTRODUCING OUR FEATURED DIVA

Name: Morgan

Etsy Shop title is: Morgan's Unique Wearable Art

Etsy Shop url: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5133850

Tell us a little about yourself:

Retired teacher. Been working with dyes since the late 1960's, when it was "groovy". Now work fulltime in my home studio.


Give us a description of your business and the items that you offer:

My main concentration is on unique paintings on silk scarves of all weights and sizes. I also paint on clothing when I have the time, and have started designing one-of-a-kind silk neckties for men as well.

What are your bestsellers? Your specialty? Most popular items?

Each is unique; I do not repeat designs. Seems like I cannot keep poppy designs in my shop, probably because of the deep contrasts. I have sold every one I have ever done, no two alike. In fact, I need to do more but forgot all about them!
My specialty is stonewashed heavyweight crepe de Chine--I adore playing with the way it diffuses colors.

Are your items targeted toward a specific age group?

Seems like the only people who can afford to treat themselves are professional women. I do a lot of gifts, though. Women will spend money on other before they will on themselves, unfortuntately.

What inspired you to start your own indie business?

Too many scarves, plus this is what I have always wanted to do. I had to wait a long time to do it, and subsequently was SO ready when I retired.

As an independent business woman, what keeps you motivated?

I have never had a problem with this. I have too many ideas and not enough time and energy. I try to do a new painting every day, and design in my head all day and night. sometimes my ideas wake me up at 3 AM and I go down to my studio and work until the idea is finished.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

Being chosen as an Etsy Featured Seller-- last May.

What has been your biggest challenge as a business woman?

Promoting. And because I refuse to do shows where I have to set up and have people walk by and perhaps "touch my stuff" limits my venues.

What do you believe makes a business successful?

I have no idea. I would like to think it is quality and customer service, because that is what I focus on.....but I have a feeling that there is a lot of luck and $ involved, too.


Do you have any specific goals/plans for the future?

I just want to be able to sell every single piece of work that I list. Pretty simple!

Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for women out there who may be considering starting their own business on Etsy?

Read the rules. Check out the competition. Do your best, and show no fear.

Tell us the best way to relax after a busy day of work..

READ! I read and re=read the classics-- I get an enormous boost from reading great literature, and re=read often. Right now it's Willa Cather. Stick to the art!


While growing up, who was your role model? Who impressed and inspired you most?

I can't remember-- it was way too long ago! My father was an Iwo Jima survivor, and I idolized him all his life. He understood me and never nagged me or forced me to explain myself. I miss him.

Give us three (3) words that best describe YOU:

Quick
Facile
Mouthy

Give us one (1) word that best describes your business:

Unique

What is your favorite quote, line or saying?

"All generalizations are false, including this one."


3 comments:

MORGAN said...

I am so honored! You did a wonderful job with this blog, and thank you so much for featuring me. I will be checking up on your blog often from now on!
Morgan

Thoughtful Hearts said...

I enjoyed reading this interview. Very inspiring. Fabulous scarves.
Definately unique.

Karen said...

I've always loved morgansilks scarves - this was a nice interview!

 

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