Name: Wenchie (Brettney Perr)
Wenchie's Sacred Relics
Location: Los Angeles
Ships To: Everywhere that the items are allowed
What inspires you?
Items of antiquity are first and foremost; I've always harbored a love and awe for the craftsmanship of antique and ancient items, where as they were pieces of art rather then just another thing. (My love for antiquity mainly comes from partially being raised by my great grandparents who came to this country during WW1 from Czechoslovakia.)
Other times I get inspired by going to a museum, the ornate facades of an old building or the sculptures (grave markers) in an old cemetery. However, more so recently the parts that I have laying around inspire me or practically make themselves in a way.
How long have you had your shop on Etsy? Wenchie's Sacred Relics since Jan 24, 2008
Is this a job for you or a hobby?
It's a jobby? I don't really have any other steady income right now so it is a job but I'm not really making enough to live off of so I started a supply shop on etsy as well as doing acting and other random craigslist jobs.
How did you get into your craft?
I've always been an artist or crafter of some sort, I have been drawing and doing sketches for as long as I can remember. In elementary school I made dreamcatchers which I also sold, and taught an art class for doing paper mosaics. With getting into making jewelry that started with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Egyptian Jewelry Maker Kit.
Do you have any advice for fellow Etsy shop owners?
Do your research on what you've made or are planning to make, so you don't copy someone, and so you can accurately market what you have made to those looking to buy the item. Secondly, keep challenging or reinventing yourself and your techniques to make more ambitious and incredible things that will set you apart from the crowd as an established artist.
What do you love about Steampunk?
I love playing with vintage things and old parts the items that are made now a days don't last for 100 years so I really admire what I'm working with. I really get bored of making the same items over and over again so with the Steampunk genre it basically gives me the "one of a kind" item escape from repetition. I also adore the dress up and character creation aspects of it as well.
Anything else you would like to add?
Don't let your imagination become stale, always push your boundaries and limits to create things you never would have thought you could.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Posted by Hyla at 2:30 PM