Alright, I’ll be completely honest here. Bri is one of my dearest friends and seeing her dive into a passion, bring it to life and love every second of it really inspired me to talk to her more about her start and growth owning her own Etsy shop (does everyone secretly wish they had one, or is it just me?). If you’re looking to start your own or curious how it works, look no further! Bri’s got the deets and even learn more on her special craft.
What inspired your calligraphy curiosity? When I was in school for graphic design, we were told to start a “side project” for one of my classes. Side projects are great to showcase work you’re really passionate about, even if its not directly related to your specific area of expertise.
I decided to make handmade greeting cards as my side project. I was excited about the idea of taking my work off the computer and trying something different. My teacher, who was, and currently is, a wedding designer, suggested that I take a calligraphy class. I fell in love with the art of calligraphy right away, and knew it was something I wanted to continue practicing. Quickly after my first class, I signed up for a few more, and practiced calligraphy and hand lettering every chance I could.
When did you decide to open an Etsy shop? I decided to open up an Esty shop early this year. By that time, I had worked on a number of wedding invitations/details (primarily for family and friends), and created a lot of personalized gifts. When I had a large enough variety of work to showcase, I figured it was time to open up the shop. My shop has been up and running since January 2016.
How do you manage your time between full-time job, life and running the shop? At times, it can certainly be difficult to balance my full time job, life and my shop, but I have a lot of support behind me! I’ve had a good amount of requests for wedding invitations and day-of wedding details, so the Spring was quite busy! I rarely partake in social activities during the week, so I find myself working on projects on weekday nights, and I dedicate the majority of my weekends, when I need to, to projects.
My friends and family have been very supportive, and my boyfriend, who appointed himself as my business manager, is always willing to help. He has done everything from proofread wedding invitations, pickup last minute supplies for me, help with accounting/quotes, and of course, share his opinion.
What is the most challenging part of running the shop just starting out? The most challenging part of running my Etsy shop has been making time to add new listings. I would like to work on adding new, timely cards and items to the shop on a more consistent basis. Sometimes it’s tough to think ahead and maintain the shop!
What is the most rewarding? The most rewarding part of running my shop has been working on a variety of projects that I would otherwise not work on. I love creating personalized gifts, fun invitations, etc.
What are some tips you could share for others looking to start third own business/etsy shop? If I could offer any tips to people interested in starting a business or Etsy Shop, I’d say, “Go for it!” It’s going to be a time and money investment, and you’ll have to make some social/life sacrifices, but if it’s something you’re passionate about, there’s no better day to start than today.
What’s next for Brink? I hope it continues to grow! I have a fantastic full time job that I love, but this is a perfect compliment to that, so I’m hoping I can maintain and grow my business as I continue to grow as a designer and creative professional. I would love to expand my work into stores, or someday open up my own brick and mortar store. Other than that, I don’t know what’s in-store for me at the moment, but I’m excited about the possibilities!
Where can folks go to see more of your work besides Etsy? You can check out my website: brinkcreations.com and instagram @brinkcreations.
As calligraphy has taken off in a complete art form itself, I love Bri’s take on the classic style while creating pieces all her own. If you’re looking for custom pieces, I encourage you to take a look at her shop and reach out!