"Today we talk with Sue from HandmadebySue4U
Sue where are you from and where do you live?
"I am New Zealand born but Tasmanian by choice. I live in Primrose Sands"
How did you come up with the name for your business?
"A friend gave me the name suggestion."
What are your passions and interests?
"Husband, family and mates who are family, furry best mate Loui, walking, quiet time, beach fossicking, cooking for people who love to eat, wine, chocolate. Giving back to the community without recognition - I like to fly under the radar."
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your art or product
"I LOVE re-purposing old items into new things - think denim jeans into bags / quilts, old curtains into bags / blankets, tea towels into aprons, beautiful doilies added to fabric to make bags / aprons or in the shed rusty things added to old fence pailings to make bird feeders / bird houses, pebbles / wood / leaves to make pebble art and more recently moving into wooden bird/dog creation."
How long have you been an Etsy seller?
"Since April 2016 but then I had about 8 months on holiday mode"
What inspired you to begin creating?
"Friends for whom I made gifts started asking me to make things for their friends and encouraged me to start doing markets, then selling online, then entering into an associateship in a bricks and mortar building."
Can you give us a brief idea of your creative or curating process
"I look at the fabric / wood / metal and start. It's that simple for me. When things go wrong (my unpicker is my best tool) I sometimes walk away and come back, or it goes into the 'later' pile and could end up as something else."
Where do you want to see your business in the future?
"As a successful online business with an opportunity to be part of the community in a bricks and mortar environment. Still creating!"
What do you like about being an Etsy seller?
"Freedom to put the shop on holiday mode when life gets hectic."
Where do you work on your pieces?
"In my home - a small space in the dining room - and in my husband's shed. I like to say that I use tools of mass construction...and have the mess to prove it!
Inside is the sewing space. I am a vintage girl and use two treadles and a 1950 singer plus my new overlocker.
In the shed I have newer tools but really old wood and 'stuff'. Hubby calls it junk, but to me it is treasure. I will take product pics as I make them this week. "
We are local creatives who want to share the amazing creations of our Tasmanian Artisans with our local community.