There are times when you are completely amazed by another artist's work. I fell in love with the Little Curly Series as soon as I joined ETSY in 2008. Gloria's Jewelry Box is very excited about our weekly Artist Spotlight Series. You have to check out the creative work by this multi-talented artist! I am in love with the Little bridesmaid - small print! Show her some love!
1. Tell me a little about yourself! What inspired you to open an ETSY shop and what is your business?
My name is Ella Parry and you can call me “Little Curly” too. I am an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living in London with my musician husband and our cat summer. (As you can see she is always featured in most of my illustrations).
The main reason that I was inspired to open an Etsy shop is the amazing amount of artists that are selling their own hand made products and the awesome quality of items that you can find. That alone made me want to be part of it.
2. What ETSY team(s) are you a part of?
The teams I am part of are : EAOC, Etsy Success, Business Topics, Etsy international, Etsy Ugly Cute, British Sellers on Etsy, Ideas, Etsy’s UK & Ireland Seller Support Team and UK handmade.
3. When did you begin your business?
I began to sell my work on Etsy from March 2008. But I have worked as a graphic designer and freelance artist (commission work) since 1990.
4. What inspires you to create?
Every little and pretty thing in life, a photo of my family or the memory of childhood times are always things to inspire me.
5. What do you envision your business in the next five years?
I will have a completed my full range of Little Curly’s merchandise which will sell internationally and not just online. I will have my own Little Curly shop and the first one I would like to open will be in my hometown- Hong Kong.
6. What is the best business advice you have ever received?
I would say the best business advice I have ever received is to keep all items in a smoke free area and do not spray any of your own personal favourite perfume or fragrance into a package when you send it to your customers.
8. What is something that you tried crafting, that turned out to be a disaster?
To be honest I don’t really have many disasters with my products, most of what I do is pencil based drawing and therefore I can take my time to be sure of no mistakes plus art is a personal thing anyway, maybe my cooking could do with some attention! ☺
9. What are three things that few people know about you?
I am Chinese, I am dyslexic and I am also a published Illustrator!
I began beading when I was a little girl. I would love to spend time with my grandmother rummaging through her jewelry box.
A little more about me... I love pink and green. I love bold colors. I love interesting and eye catching jewelry. I love unexpected color combinations. I love vintage jewelry. I love the beadwork of the Masai and the beautiful bangles from India. I love to have fun with my jewelry and I hope that you will enjoy it too!