Etsy was launched in 2005 which is the year Brenda and I moved our family from Grand Rapids Michigan to Brooklyn New York. Because Brenda is a trend setter and trend spotter she found them that year and made a purchase. I opened my shop two years later which means I have had my store now for 11 years. During that time I have sold $17,667.00 of my art all over the world. My average purchase is $64. 15,186.
It is vital that an artist finds a way to share their work. Back in the days when we loaded rolls of film into our cameras, that roll of film was worthless until the shutter opened and let in the light. That’s how I think of art that sits in the flat file. It’s in the darkness, patiently waiting for the day eyes will see it and it will come to life.
There are many ways to share your art and Etsy is just one of those ways.
I remember meeting Matt Stinchcomb when he came to Grand Rapids. He told me how his college buddies put Etsy together and how he was one of their very first official employes. (They now employ nearly 800 people with an annual income around 195 million.)
Etsy contacted me in 2010 asking if we would be open to be the subject of one of their mini Etsy documentaries they were doing at the time. They came to Grand Rapids and and pretty much moved in for almost a week shooting hours and hours of video that got edited down to exactly 3 minutes and 40 seconds. It’s a brilliant piece and I watch it every once in a while and touch down into that time of our families life.
i have been traveling for months. First I was down in Virginia for an artist residency there for two full months and shortly after that I took advantage of an offer to come and work in Bavaria for three months. I have been back home just a little over a week and just re-opened my online store. I am really excited for stepping up my commitment to make my studiobeerhorst Etsy shop the best it can be. I invite you to contact me with your ideas. What do you want to see that isn’t in the shop? What special project do you want to talk to me about working on with you? I would really love to hear from you.