Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Meet Our Featured Artist Phonechay Baker of Phonechay's Creations!

What is your business’ name? 

Phonechay's Creations ( ) and I am Phonechay Baker! 

What sort of items do you make?

I hand crochet hats inspired from movies, tv shows and games I enjoy, like the Despicable Me Minion hat. I also sew a Max inspired hat from “Where the Wild Things Are”. I also crochet and knit, cowls, boot cuffs, infinity scarves and fingerless mittens.

When and how did you learn your craft?

I am self taught. I started knitting when I was around 8 years or so. I used to watch my my great Aunt knit some pretty cool sweaters, scarves and hats and thought that it was fun and wanted to learn. Over the years, I picked up how to crochet and sew. I just love to make things from my hands. I am currently learning how to weld rings and make jewelry. =)

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get inspired by things around me. I love colors. You see that in my shop. Colorful and Whimsy. I enjoy watching tv and playing video games. I make a lot of things inspired by movies, tv shows and games I play. (League of Legends is a big one – I  made several hats that are inspired by the characters I play)

How did you get started doing this as a business?

I opened an Etsy shop in Feb of 2011 to fund money for my wedding. I was amazed by the response of the handmade community helping me reach my goals for the wedding. After my wedding in June of 2012, I decided to continue to sell my handmade accessories.

I have learned so much! I am in the midst of opening two etsy shops. One is a hand made make up bag shop and the other is a custom jewelry shop. Keep an eye out!

 Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out?

Believe in yourself. Believe that you can make it happen if you want it! Know that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Don't give up because it feels hard and tough at times. -  Learn how to market your products. Even if it means to take a few marketing classes. Learn as much as you can about running a business. It will help you make the right decisions as a business and not a hobby. Know the DIFFERENCE!

Learn what a business plan is then write one! You can book an appointment with the a business school near you and they will help you for FREE! The business school is a great resource, take advantage of it.

Don't be afraid or shy! Get out of your shell and do it. Because if you put your mind into anything, you can make it happen. It helps to know what you want too. So sit down and figure out what it is that you want from your creative business.

You can also reach out to me with any questions.

Want to see more of Phonechay's Creations?  Check out her website at: .

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