Creative Biz Spotlight ♡ Black Tulip Shop
Happy May! I’m excited for warmer weather, AND this month’s talented and hardworking Creative Biz Spotlight — Miki from Black Tulip Shop!
Miki gave me a little bit of her time for an interview. I love getting to know other artists to see what drives them, and to see how they came to have such a collection of amazing work.
Read ~ Magical Girl Miki’s ~ interview below…
Hey, Miki! In your own words, please introduce yourself, and tell us why you do what you do.
Hi, my name is Miki and I run an Etsy store called black tulip shop. I make jewelry, charms, pouches, bags and doll accessories inspired by Japanese kawaii culture. I also sell vintage items that fits with the theme of the shop. I live in Atlanta, GA where there is a great indie craft scene, with my husband and two mischievous little cats (Roxy and Spike). I love collecting and making cute things and having the shop gives me a chance to share my love of cuteness with others.
A: It may be old fashioned but I would tell them if they really want something to work hard for it.
Q: If you had the chance to live during an artistic movement or fashion era in the past, which one would you choose?
A: Hmm, that’s a tough one but I would say 1950s/60s. There’s a lot of great pop and futuristic art and design that even by today’s standards are really neat and fun.
Q: What do you do to get into your creative zone?
A: Usually I go shopping for supplies to get into my creative zone. A lot of the times I see beads and fabric and can already tell what I want to make with it. The times I have been to Japan has been a big creative inspiration for me as well. The craft stores there are amazing and I can’t imagine another city in the world having the variety of shops that Japan has. Walking through Nippori (Fabric Town) with various fabric, trim and button shops or spending hours in a huge store like Yuzawaya looking at fabric, beads and drawing supplies is the best. There is cuteness everywhere there so it’s hard to not get inspired.
Q: How do you fit your creative work into your schedule? What days or time of the day do you usually work?
A: I feel like I work 24/7 but usually I work from about 9am-6pm Monday-Friday. Since I work from home it’s pretty easy to fit my work in between other things like housework and spending time with friends and family.
Q: What are your favorite things to work with (tools, materials, etc.)?
A: I like working with fabric a lot since you can make so much with it. As far as beading goes I love finding a good charm to work with or pretty pastel colored beads. I also have a thing for anything iridescent whether it’s fabric,vinyl or beads.
Q: What are your biggest creative inspirations?
A: Like many other people the street styles and brands in Harajuku are a big inspiration. Also vintage fashion and accessories from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 80s like dresses and jewelry are amazing along with vintage toys.
Q: What was the most enjoyable thing you’ve ever done with your creative work?
A: Making custom items is great! A lot of the time you work with the customer to make a very specific item for themselves or a loved one and hearing back that it was perfect makes me really happy.
Q: Last but not least the most important question: What’s your favorite dinosaur?
A: Triceratops, they look kinda bad ass, like a battering ram with spikes.
Thank you for spending time with us, Miki!
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