Do you love books? The smell of a crisp, new print edition; the air of a vintage book, with lovingly dog-eared pages. Today I'd like to introduce you to Deb from Two Cheeky Monkeys, who has turned a passion for books into a handmade business! Read more, and get to know Deb here :-)
Tell us a bit about your creative business. What do you create? Who do you create for?
I have two sides to my creative business, Two Cheeky Monkeys, a jewellery line, and Domum Vindemia, a homewares and accessories line. Both of my stores focus on vintage-inspired pieces, especially items up-cycled from discarded vintage pretties and supplies, and my popular literature-inspired range of jewellery, homewares and accessories.
I mainly create for women and children, but have started growing my range of creations to include men's items too.
How did you start your creative business? What drives you to keep creating?
I started my creative business when I was a mother of toddlers, struggling to find part-time work in my field of medical research. I really feel it's important for parents to be around for their children, and found it next to impossible to find any work in my field that fit in with motherhood.
I have always been creative (thanks to my mum), so I started spending my spare time creating toys for my kids, and jewellery for my female friends and family members. This was my turning point, as everyone started suggesting that I try my hand at selling my handmade jewellery instead of going back to a regular day job.
After a few years of selling my vintage and literature-inspired jewellery under the Two Cheeky Monkeys name, I opened my second store, Domum Vindemia, and started selling vintage and literature-inspired homewares and accessories too.
I keep creating because of my love of using my hands in my work, and my love for unique and handcrafted items which aren't mass produced and worn by every single person in town.
What are you reading/ listening to/ watching right now that you're obsessed with?
I love dramas, especially crime thrillers and mysteries, so have been watching a lot of that genre of show on catch up TV while I work!
What's one piece of advice you would give to a new Etsy seller?
Photos, photos, photos. It's something I'm still working on every single day, but it really is so important to have great photos of your products from every angle imaginable.
Where can customers find you?
http://dspdavey.etsy.com AND http://domumvindemia.etsy.com
http://facebook.com/twocheekymonkeysjewellery AND http://facebook.com/domumvindemia
http://instagram.com/twocheekymonkeysdesigns AND http://instagram.com/domumvindemia
Meet Deb and check out her wares in person at Etsy Made Local Melbourne 2017!
25 November, at 14 Gaffney St, Coburg.