March Spotlight: Fairy Kei & Pastel Goth Accessories by Frosted So Sweet
Here we are in a new month, so it’s time to post the Creative Small Business Spotlight for the month of March!
This month, I interviewed Cassandra, who has been running her Etsy shop, Frosted So Sweet, since 2012. She creates adorable, one-of-a-kind and limited edition *kawaii, *fairy kei, and *pastel goth accessories.
We love finding out what makes creative people tick, so we got permission from Cassandra to pick her frosted, glittery and pastel-colored brain!
So get to know Cassandra, feast your eyes on her sweet creations below, and check out her Etsy shop!
In your own words, please introduce yourself, and tell us why you do what you do.
I’m Cassandra of FrostedSoSweet! I make jewelry and hair accessories and sell them on Etsy. I also draw animals and write short stories. I live in the Pacific Northwest surrounded by farmland, rivers, and sagebrush. I’ve almost always worked for myself and I take a lot of joy in creating for a living, even if there is some truth to the saying ‘starving artist.’ I am lucky to do what I do. It gives me a lot of freedom. (Also, Haribo gummy bears are my fave candy, just saying.)
If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Be prepared to learn on your feet. It may seem like it takes forever for your efforts to pay off, but you’ll increase your skills along the way. There’s also tons of tips available to you online, so ask Google questions here and there, and always pay attention to how others solve similar problems and reach their goals. And keep in mind that we’re all at different stages of our journeys.
If you had the chance to live during an artistic movement or fashion era in the past, which one would you choose?
I love paintings from the Renaissance and 1920s fashion, but honestly I’d rather simply be a few years older than I am now. I love my creature comforts *coughalwayshaslaptopopencough.* I’m a 90s kid; I was basically a baby for half the decade, though, so I was kinda late to the party.
What do you do to get into your creative zone?
I draw, write, edit, sew, and make jewelry. There’s usually something I can do if I don’t feel like doing one thing or the other. It’s more a matter of how I’m doing mentally on a given day. Having my thoughts muddled by anxiety or depression makes it harder to create, and my output suffers greatly, which I hate. I usually at least have one foot in the zone, though.
How do you fit your creative work into your schedule? What days or time of the day do you usually work?
My whole schedule is all about being creative! I work for myself, managing my Etsy shop and drawing art commissions, with a little editing on the side. I’m also getting into print design. As for time of day, I am a total night owl. I start working around 3pm, and when I’m on a roll I’ll work until after midnight. It’s not a conventional schedule and I’ve gotten flack for it from people in my life, but it’s what works for me. I also work every day, even if it’s just answering messages or posting to social media.
What are your favorite things to work with (tools, materials, etc.)?
There’s so many I like, so this answer is a bit rambly! I primarily use smooth metals, polymer clay, and plastics in my jewelry projects. I love aluminum foil and chalk pastels (to give texture to mini clay foods), and I love cute metal charms, too. I recently started sewing with velvet type and jersey knit fabrics and I really enjoy the look and stretchiness they have. With my art, my favorite tools haven’t changed much in the last decade– I still love my old PS program, my Wacom Tablet, and Prismacolor pens and pencils the most.
What are your biggest creative inspirations?
I have too many people that I follow to name individually, but I have particular themes that I’m drawn to, such as kawaii, fairy kei, and the more cutesy, 18+ styles that have become more mainstream lately. I was also big into Disney when I started drawing seriously, and my dominant drawing style reflects that. I’ll also mention my mom because she’s incredibly creative, too! We both sew and make jewelry.
What was the most enjoyable thing you’ve ever done with your creative work?
In general I love making custom pieces for people, particularly if it’s an idea that’s open to creative interpretation. I have also been incredibly lucky to get repeat work from a few people and having familiar faces return always makes me smile. There’s two people in particular that I’ve drawn a lot of art for. When I first started drawing their characters they were just friends. Recently they actually became a couple! It was really sweet.
Last but not least the most important question: What’s your favorite dinosaur?
Liopleurodon. The magical kind.
Frosted So Sweet on Etsy. ♡
*”Kawaii” means “Cute” in Japanese.
*”Fairy Kei” (“Fairy Style” in Japanese), is a very popular style of Japanese street fashion that centers pastels and other bright colors, cute cartoon characters from the 80’s and early 90’s, like My Little Pony, Rainbow Bright and Sailor Moon.
*”Pastel Goth” is a style that gained popularity on Tumblr, and involves the darker, creepier goth side, with skulls, spikes, upside-down crosses, and of course, lots of pastels. It has roots in East-Asian street style.
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