The holidays have past, the parties are over and if you are like me, a slight sadness has set in as the remaining winter months loom ahead. It is definitely time for a pick-me-up. The fanciful creatures of Tyler Poncho and Everyday Monsters are just the answer to lighten the spirit and bring out your inner child.
Kaeti Lindquist, owner of both Etsy shops, designs and beautifully hand sews toy animals that captivate the imagination. Each creature and corresponding description displays Lindquist's creativity and upbeat demeanor, making it a joy to browse. Unique friends seem possible in every one. I am specifically drawn to "Chilly Lomedome." His felt eyes seem to smile from within and convey understanding, something akin to a favorite toy from childhood. The holidays may be over, but cheer is certainly not gone, especially with toys like "Chilly" around.
Lindquist answered a few questions over email about her work and art.
The Daily Page: How do you motivate your creativity? (e.g. do you listen to music while you create and if so what?)
Lindquist: My colorful workspace motivates me- I can't sit down without wanting to make a new creature. While I work I listen to Pandora -- my favorite stations are Lustmord and Amon Tobin.
Describe your workspace. Are you at the kitchen table or in a dedicated work area?
I have an enormous painting of mine above me, "lellow," with a computer desk and art table forming an L below. Everything is covered with colorful fabric, perfume bottles, incense, CDs, candles, plushies, thread, bees, coffee, scissors, needles... everything. But I do have a nice black board I keep clean for a workspace.
What is your favorite piece and why?
My favorite piece, obvious to anyone who knows me, would be Tyler Poncho. It's difficult for me to escape the obsession. He often sits with me while I work. He is as large as I am, and makes good company.
What advice do you have for people interested in starting an online store?
Good photos of your products are essential. Also be reasonable in pricing- what would you be willing to pay for your products? You should consider your material costs and your time. Don't undervalue your time, but don't overvalue it either. Either way can be a turnoff to customers. A personal website can help grow an online shop greatly. I've expanded my work into physical shops after being contacted by shop owners who visited my site.
What is your favorite local shop in Madison?
I enjoy the Soap Opera for its wonderful smells and puppets.
Etsy is an online marketplace whose mission is to "reconnect makers with buyers." These explorations will connect you with the makers in your neighborhood.