This Monday we are featuring Elizabeth Looney of the Looney Collective! We love how eclectic and varied Elizabeth’s creations are. If there is something that she can make instead of buy she is going to try her hand at it. Elizabeth truly has the spirit of a maker and we think it is awesome that she decided to share her pieces with the world. You can find the Looney Collective on Etsy, or just shoot Elizabeth an email for a custom request. Read on to learn more about Elizabeth’s journey and advice!
: Tell us a little about yourself
: I’m Liz, a stay-at-home mom with a shrinking amount of free time and an ever growing list of things I want to make! I’m a maker to the core, from making my own cleaning supplies and general health care products for the house to the quirky pieces of art and eclectic bits and bobs I sporadically add to my shop. It gives me some strange thrill to repurpose and breathe life back into forgotten and found objects. You’ll see “vintage” and “upcycled” items in my shop.
: How did you get started with the Looney.Collective and selling your creations through Instagram
: I would say the shop was born from necessity and fueled by intensity. Lol I started making things for myself that I needed or wanted but couldn’t otherwise afford. Every time I learn a new skill or find a new hobby that I greatly enjoy (which is almost all of them) I get this intense urge to just make as as much and as many as I can for several weeks. So this intensity, of course, leads to excess which in turn brings a need to purge the excess. I started off selling and trading the extra wares and goods I was making but then began to create intentionally; the ideas never stopped flowing.
This week we are featuring Sara Sparks of Bear Co., a shop of cultural and bohemian wonders for all the free spirits out there! You will find products from bootcuffs and necklaces, to home decor and bags all in her shop. We love that Sara celebrates different cultures through her art! We think it is awesome when an artist can speak towards the environment they are most familiar with and at the same time expand their viewpoint to the beauty found in other’s perspectives. Many of the pieces found on Bear Co. are a thoughtful expression of the cultures that have directly inspired Sara through her travels or dream destinations, and each piece is always handmade. Something we think is pretty special in and of itself. Read on to learn more about Sara and her shop!
: Tell us a little about yourself.
: Oh boy! Where to start! Well, I’m 25, engaged to my middle school sweetheart, and a registered Occupational Therapist (OT… that just so happens to love making jewelry and all other crafts that I seem to run into! I am a complete animal lover, outdoor adventurer, world traveler, and a total introverted extrovert. I am also biracial – Iranian American – and complete enjoy celebrating my Iranian culture. My heritage and fascination with all things culture have a huge influence on my Bear Co designs.
: How did your shop, Bear Co., get started?
: It all started while I was in Occupational Therapy (OT) school. I was living the broke grad student and needed a creative outlet to relieve some stress. My fiance actually brought up the idea that I start an Etsy shop, because he recognized my situation and stressors. At first I was super hesitant, due to all the responsibility that would come with starting a business venture, but now I am so glad that I did! Starting Bear Co. has definitely helped me with my initial motivators – stress and money – but it has also helped me meet new people, venture to new stores and locations, and even enabled me with a new sense of creativity!.