Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Feature - DippyLuLu

Give us a summary of your shop, and how you got started.
I create and sell fun and unique paper products which are often bought as gag gifts. I became fascinated by Etsy and watched it develop through the blog Design*Sponge. From buying it became apparent that maybe I should start selling too.

What motivated you to open your shop?

I was a buyer on Etsy for a long while and then suddenly thought well, I could do some of this selling type stuff. I collected ACEO's and so my first products were ACEO's, two of which sold within 20 minutes of listing. At that point I was hooked! The idea of Farty products came to me because we have matches all over the house for *ahem* a certain purpose. I’m so obsessed with farts that I have extended my line to include Stinky Lites, Lady Lites, Veggie Lites (coming soon!) and a Deluxe Fart Kit (and if you believe that explanation, I have a sub-prime mortgage to sell you).

How did you select your name?
They are the combination of two nicknames. I was called Dippy at school, and LuLu at work. DippyLuLu sounded like it fitted my products perfectly so here I am.

What makes your shop unique?
The fact that most of it is based around farts and other bodily functions! I also try to create fun and unique designs and packaging.

Do you sell anywhere outside of etsy? If so, where?
Etsy is my only outlet at the moment.

How long have you been making your craft?
I've been making paper and graphic products since I was a kid really, and then it developed once I got into art school. I am always coming up with fun stuff for birthdays and parties. I love it!
Is it your full-time job?
Creating ideas is my full time job, and I like to think that is what my shop is about too. I am a freelance art editor/graphic designer when not being an Etsy seller.

How do you balance work, and/or your shop, and home?
Sometimes with great difficulty! But, I don't let it rule my life. My job and home come before Etsy. I need a balance and I think I have found it. Though it does help that I have a spouse who works right next door to a post office!
What is your favorite material?
Any kind of paper and a scalpel to cut it with!

What inspires you?
Milton Glaser, Neville Brody & Saul Bass. They are my design heroes who never fail to inspire me. I also love typography, amazing ideas-based graphic design (hard to find these days), and Pantone swatch books.
Click HERE to Visit DippyLuLu's Shop


TexasTesla said...

Oh my...that store cracks me up.

MeemaMagic said...

I LOVE these, they are so cute!