Saturday, September 20, 2008


Now how adorable is this little model with her carmel apple t-shirt designed by her mom, Holly, whose Etsy is called WINKLEPOTS. Let's hear what Holly has to say about her adorable designs for childrens clothing, and how she got started.

What led you to start creating your art/craft?
Over a year ago, I started painting items for my daughter that I couldn't find in the store. Eventually I started painting for friends and decided I'd try to open my own business; and Winklepots was born.

How did you decide what medium you wanted to work with?

Painting seemed easier than trying to learn to sew, honestly. I've been sketching for most of my life, so painting just seemed like the next step.

What aspect of creating your art/craft do you find the most enjoyable?

I really enjoy painting. It puts me in this creative calming state. As soon as the first brush stroke hits the fabric, I'm in the zone. It's very stress relieving.

If you had to choose a fruit OR a vegetable, to describe your art/craft, what would you choose, and why?

A mango. It's pretty gender neutral and a little off the beaten path.

If you had to choose one other medium in which to display your “creativity”, what would that be, and why?

Polymer clay art. In fact, I have a lot of it, and have even made ornaments, but that's down the road.

What message, if any, do you want to convey with your art/craft?

It doesn't have to be cutesy in order to put it on your child, nor do you have to follow the mainstream trends in children's fashion. Different is good.

What advice do you have for other artists/crafters?

Remember that everyone had to start at the bottom; no one becomes wealthy and famous overnight. When it comes to marketing, you have to work very hard to hardly ever work. Eventually, word of mouth will help but you have to generate the interest and sales first.

Here is Holly's other adorable little model!

Thanks, Holly, for taking the time to share your thoughts and your delightful designs with us. If you are looking for colorful, designs for your children, be sure to visit WINKLEPOTS by clicking on the links below.


1 comment:

Kelly said...

I love Winklepots! Great feature (and doesn't she have fabulous models?!).