What do you make? How did you get into it?
I make papercut art. The themes vary from song lyrics to Harry Potter quotes to family trees. I got into it after attending a workshop by Hey Kessy last year.
Are you a full-time crafter? If not, what is your day job?
I’m not a full-time worker, but I dream to be! I have a regular 8-hour office desk job, and have been working there for 7 years now.
What motivates you in pursuing this business?
The appreciation I get from my clients/ recipients of my craft. It’s very fulfilling to be recognized by people both local and abroad. It’s a great feeling to get hits in my craft blog from people from the Philippines, and from far-off places like USA, India, Russian Federation, etc.
What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
It takes a lot of patience and time, as everything is handmade. Also, there is always the competition of digital art.
What’s a new skill–craft or business–that you’d like to learn?
Calligraphy! I actually already enrolled in a beginner’s workshop to be held this month.
What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
Being commissioned to do papercut souvenirs for the principal sponsors of a wedding of someone who learned about Papel de Pinay over the net.
What is your favorite lesson in your experience of your business?
Do not be disheartened if your business doesn’t take off immediately. Success takes time, and may even take longer for others. Just enjoy what you’re doing, it will come eventually.
What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Start by introducing your craft to your friends, family, colleagues and increase your market from there. 🙂
Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
A self-healing cutting mat. I may get “cuts” from life’s challenges but I always bounce back to my original self. 🙂
What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
Lots of handmade papercuts! I have on hand artworks ranging from monograms to song lyrics to Harry Potter themes. I will also be accepting commissions for customized papercuts, such as family trees, wedding gift designs, etc.
Where else can we find your work?
I have a blog (www.papeldepinay.wordpress.com), facebook page and instagram account. Just look for Papel de Pinay 🙂