- Hi everyone! today i have a etsy shop interview with the owner of ImYourPresentthis is a very special shop because it is so unique and quirky, lets see what Kelly the owner has to say about her online shop.
What’s your name?My name is Kelly Sloan Eident.
What's the story behind your shop name?I think "I'm Your Present" describes my brand’s aesthetic and attitude perfectly. Everything is shiny, pretty, girly and wrapped up with a bow. You can show up to a party empty-handed in a cute playsuit and when someone asks what you got them exclaim, “I’m Your Present!” while jumping out of a gigantic cake and spilling strawberry champagne everywhere.
When did you start designing?I've always loved to make things since I was little. I first starting selling things when I was 13 and living in Abu Dhabi (capital of the United Arab Emirates) with my family. My best friend Kitiya and I would craft until the wee hours of the night and then sell things at our school's Christmas Fair. After high school I went to art school (the Rhode Island School of Design) and majored in Apparel Design.
What inspired you to open a etsy shop?After I graduated from College I wasn't sure what to do next and all the design jobs I found weren't very appealing. I pretty much spent all my free time making things anyway, and I really wanted to find someplace online to sell them. This was in 2006, so Etsy wasn't nearly as big or well known as it is now! I was so happy when I found Etsy and have been every since.
How do you get idea’s for photo-shoot?I guess I'm mostly inspired by things I see and things that I love. I like to collect things and decorate my apartment so pretty much when I have a shoot I just take all my favorite things from around my apartment and set them up to look like the dreamiest spot! One of my favorite ones was me and my two friends Mallory and Lizzy, we set up my room and got a ton of candy, little cakes and champagne! I always love scouting cute locations too, like a diner or ice cream shop. I basically want my shoots to look like a group of friends, looking so adorable and having so much fun! And the shoots are always a blast to be part of. Another cute one I did setting up a all girl rock band and we borrowed instruments and a practice space.
Do you have a favorite shop on etsy besides your own of course?My favorite would have to be my good friend Joe's shop, Pretty Snake! www.etsy.com/shop/PrettySnake
He lives in the same city as I do and we've done a bunch of collaborations in the past.
What has been one of your favorite experiences so far as an artist/designer?The interaction with my customers and seeing all the customer pics they post has been incredible!! There are so many different types of girls, all different ages and across the world, each one with their own adorable style! That has been an incredibly fun and rewarding part of my experience.
If you had one piece of advice for an artist or designer looking to start selling their work what advice would you give?I would say to always stay true to your style and your unique vision... If you are designing based on current trends, it could catch on for awhile but it won't stand the test of time, you need to have your own ideas! And work really hard on them.
Where can the readers find you? What are your website links?You can find me-