While on Etsy, I noticed this beautiful store,DesignsbyNatureGems. The artist behind this wonderful store is Laura Sultan. She is also from Toronto.
Look at this beautiful work!!
I can’t resist the temptation to ask a blog interview from her.
So, sit back and enjoy!!
1.What is the story behind your shop? Or tell us why you started the shop on Etsy?
I started working with Etsy to expand my clientele and presence on the internet. With all my work, I want to create beautiful, healing pieces of wearable art. Something that just has meaning as well as a wonderful piece of jewelry. You can see this though my wire crochet, where I integrate gemstones whose properties are symbolic of the name of the piece, or in my gemstone pendants, where I make sure to explain the gemstone’s properties.
2.Tell us about your crafts. Who taught you? Who is the strong force behind your crafting life?
In truth, I taught a lot of it to myself. When living in New Zealand a little over a year ago, I took two classes: one of wire crochet and one of intermediate wire wrapping. From that point, I played with the color, feeling, textures, and properties of gemstones creating my pieces.
As for the strong force behind my crafting life, it was the reaction to me being a high school teacher. Everryday, I could not help someone I cared about. Everyday, I wished I could just do something that was an easy, tangible fix. Working with gemstones gave me that. It made the people I sold my work to happy. It brought smile & beauty into other people’s lives. It allowed me to balance out the negative aspect of my job while also creating joy around me.
3. Tell us about you and your life other than crafting.Please include your real name also.
My name is Laura Sultan. Crafting has become my major art business. I have luckily had it grown quite quickly since I landed in Canada about a year ago from New Zealand. Since then, I have kept a part time job teaching, but in truth, this is my focus and my passion. It is my art.
4.Where can we found you other than Etsy, (online and offline)
Online, you can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, WeHeartIt, Instagram, and Twitter. I am also soon going to be opening new shops on Zibbet.
I live in Toronto, ON. Stores that carry my work are Wise Daughters located in the Junction and the Arts Market located around Queen St. East and Pape intersection. Also, I am often at art shows during the years and you can find me at those shows. Please feel free to sign up for my newsletter by sending me a message via Etsy or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
5.. How you market your shop and products?
I mainly market through the social media mentioned above and through my markets. I also sometimes just sit down in a coffee shop making pieces that leads to people asking questions and marketing that way.
6. What else you like to let us know about you and your shop?
I am currently working with a developing artist and allowing her to list some of her work in my shop. (One should always help where they can.) You can see her work at Raven and Kiwi on Etsy.
7. What is your future plans regarding your shop?( You can add any new lines you are thinking about or the new shop you wanted to open…)
I am currently completing a 31 Days of Halloween line in honor of the holiday. For the last month, every piece I have completed and listed in honor of autumn of Halloween primarily through color scheme.
I will also be soon photographing some chainmaille home decor items I have completed, such as wine glass decorations, and chainmaille men’s line.
8. Who is your idol?
As odd as it may sound, I do not have one. There have definitely been people I have looked up to, but no idol.
9. What is the best advice you ever received?
Maintain patience. Sometimes, things take a long time to develop.
10.Do you wish to share any promotion with Bindu Blog readers?
Absolutely. I give a 10% discount on any item once someone follows me or favorite’s my shop. Also, if the person messages me that they are a Bindu Blog reader, I will apply that discount to a second item as well.
If I download one or two pictures from your shop to go with the interview, will that be ok? Absolutely.
Thanks for doing this. Again, apologies on the delay. it took two attempts to complete all these questions. Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Designs by Nature Gems
Laura is continuously adding more items to the shop So, check back often. Sure you will find that beautiful item, just for you there.