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Things My Friends Do, Week 15: Miss Amy Cicivelli, the kick ass Art Teacher. I imagine most of Amy’s classes follow the basic plot of ‘Dangerous Minds’. Amy is met with the precarious task of teaching troubled Primary Schoolers, who have become jaded by their current Art curriculum. Through her unorthadox methods, and a classic montage to the tune of ‘gangsta’s paradise’ Amy manages to inspired these troubled kids who all go on to successfully gain acceptance letters their dream high schools! Way to go Miss. Cicivelli! #tmfdproject

Things My Friends Do, Week 15: Miss Amy Cicivelli, the kick ass Art Teacher.
I imagine most of Amy’s classes follow the basic plot of ‘Dangerous Minds’. Amy is met with the precarious task of teaching troubled Primary Schoolers, who have become jaded by their current Art curriculum. Through her unorthadox methods, and a classic montage to the tune of ‘gangsta’s paradise’ Amy manages to inspired these troubled kids who all go on to successfully gain acceptance letters their dream high schools! Way to go Miss. Cicivelli! #tmfdproject

Packaging up some Etsy orders at #brunswickstudios to be shipped off later this afternoon!

Packaging up some Etsy orders at #brunswickstudios to be shipped off later this afternoon!

If Danzig were a band of Permaculturalists. “Seven, seven, seven plants today!”

If Danzig were a band of Permaculturalists. “Seven, seven, seven plants today!”

"Everything you do shows your hand." -Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

"Everything you do shows your hand." -Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

Hello thiskentuckianslife!Thanks so much for getting in touch. I hope you don’t mind me replying publicly to your question, I just felt it might be of benefit for anyone else with a similar question. (and I went a little over the word count to reply privately haha)That sounds great, I strongly encourage you to get out there and go for it! I’ve tried a couple different online selling sites and I’ve personally found Etsy to be the best fit for me. They have a really great search function if you’re savvy with how you tag your items, and they also have a very supportive team who are always sending out helpful emails with hints and tips of how to improve your store. Re: Suggestions?Photos are important. Consider the best way to portray your lovely cards so that when people are searching for things yours stand out against the pack. Also remember that when people are searching for your items they only see a 25mm x 15mm thumbnail, so close ups of certain details can be useful as well. I find that using bright coloured backgrounds, or interesting environments can be very helpful, as long as they don’t distract from your items.
Tagging is important. This is the best way of utilizing their search function. I always use tags that I would use if I were trying to find my illustration. You can also look at popular shops for tagging ideas, they will be at the bottom of their listing.
Your item’s description is important. Be as clear in the description of your cards as possible. I always try to cover size, paper stock, paper weight, how it has been printed, how it will be packaged ect. Also, don’t be afraid to put some of your personality into descriptions too! I try my best to write in a way that reflects the way I would speak to someone about that item in person. Your personality should be embraced and could be something that makes people sit up and pay attention.
Customer Service is of paramount importance.I try to develop good relationships with my customers, because at the end of the day, they’re freaking’ awesome. This is much easier to do in person at markets and at design fairs, but online I try my best to communicate with them efficiently and notify them of when I’ve received and sent their orders. Even small things like putting in an extra birthday card when I see that someone has bought a print for their partners birthday just helps to show that you value your customers.
Re: Is Business Good?When I first opened my Etsy store I had one sale every 2 months, if that. That then grew to one sale every month, one a week, and now to the point where my local post office all know me by name (and give me cute animals stamps). However, that took time, and is the combined effort of Markets, Design Fairs, drunken business cards swapping, and social media sharing.
So it really depends on how much you are willing to put in, and everything takes time. Don’t be discouraged if things don’t kick off right away, people just need to be guided in your direction. Some people might be lucky and don’t need to do much promotional media themselves, but I still do frequent markets around Melbourne, and am constantly reassessing my store to find new ways I can improve it. I also share my new experiments and works with my Instagram followers, as I find it to be an excellent way to include people in the process and get great feedback on new pieces.
Anyway, I think it might be time for me to climb down from this little soapbox. I hope this has been helpful for you, and best of luck with the creative adventure you’re about to embark on!

Hello thiskentuckianslife!

Thanks so much for getting in touch. I hope you don’t mind me replying publicly to your question, I just felt it might be of benefit for anyone else with a similar question. (and I went a little over the word count to reply privately haha)

That sounds great, I strongly encourage you to get out there and go for it! I’ve tried a couple different online selling sites and I’ve personally found Etsy to be the best fit for me. They have a really great search function if you’re savvy with how you tag your items, and they also have a very supportive team who are always sending out helpful emails with hints and tips of how to improve your store.

Re: Suggestions?

Photos are important.
Consider the best way to portray your lovely cards so that when people are searching for things yours stand out against the pack. Also remember that when people are searching for your items they only see a 25mm x 15mm thumbnail, so close ups of certain details can be useful as well. I find that using bright coloured backgrounds, or interesting environments can be very helpful, as long as they don’t distract from your items.


Tagging is important.
This is the best way of utilizing their search function. I always use tags that I would use if I were trying to find my illustration. You can also look at popular shops for tagging ideas, they will be at the bottom of their listing.


Your item’s description is important.
Be as clear in the description of your cards as possible. I always try to cover size, paper stock, paper weight, how it has been printed, how it will be packaged ect. Also, don’t be afraid to put some of your personality into descriptions too! I try my best to write in a way that reflects the way I would speak to someone about that item in person. Your personality should be embraced and could be something that makes people sit up and pay attention.


Customer Service is of paramount importance.
I try to develop good relationships with my customers, because at the end of the day, they’re freaking’ awesome. This is much easier to do in person at markets and at design fairs, but online I try my best to communicate with them efficiently and notify them of when I’ve received and sent their orders. Even small things like putting in an extra birthday card when I see that someone has bought a print for their partners birthday just helps to show that you value your customers.


Re: Is Business Good?
When I first opened my Etsy store I had one sale every 2 months, if that. That then grew to one sale every month, one a week, and now to the point where my local post office all know me by name (and give me cute animals stamps). However, that took time, and is the combined effort of Markets, Design Fairs, drunken business cards swapping, and social media sharing.


So it really depends on how much you are willing to put in, and everything takes time. Don’t be discouraged if things don’t kick off right away, people just need to be guided in your direction. Some people might be lucky and don’t need to do much promotional media themselves, but I still do frequent markets around Melbourne, and am constantly reassessing my store to find new ways I can improve it. I also share my new experiments and works with my Instagram followers, as I find it to be an excellent way to include people in the process and get great feedback on new pieces.


Anyway, I think it might be time for me to climb down from this little soapbox. I hope this has been helpful for you, and best of luck with the creative adventure you’re about to embark on!

Put together this little A6 pocket zine! 18 pages of my hand drawn typography pieces, inspired by all of my favourite wordsmiths! “Makes for an ideal train or toilet read.” -Anonymous source. Now available from my Etsy!

Put together this little A6 pocket zine! 18 pages of my hand drawn typography pieces, inspired by all of my favourite wordsmiths! “Makes for an ideal train or toilet read.” -Anonymous source. Now available from my Etsy!

Re: InstagramWow! I feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of kick ass individuals. Thanks for the constant support and a big thank you to all the badass folks who are willing to turn vigilante for me when people do weird shit to my work. You all fucking rule and words fail to epitomize how lucky I feel to have such passionate support.  To celebrate I’m having my first ever Etsy sale! For the next 48 hours (until Thursday 5pm AEST) everything in my Etsy store will be 40% off !!! Just use the code ‘4THOUSAND’ when you’re checking out. You all rule! X

Re: Instagram
Wow! I feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of kick ass individuals. Thanks for the constant support and a big thank you to all the badass folks who are willing to turn vigilante for me when people do weird shit to my work. You all fucking rule and words fail to epitomize how lucky I feel to have such passionate support.

To celebrate I’m having my first ever Etsy sale! For the next 48 hours (until Thursday 5pm AEST) everything in my Etsy store will be 40% off !!! Just use the code ‘4THOUSAND’ when you’re checking out.
You all rule! X

Things My Friends Do, Week 14: Jesse and Daniella Myers. What did they do? These two got married! In Finland! On the island of Suomenlinna. Which is a freakin’ sea fortress! So a big congratulations to these two love birds as they start their biggest adventure together. #tmfdproject

Things My Friends Do, Week 14: Jesse and Daniella Myers. What did they do? These two got married! In Finland! On the island of Suomenlinna. Which is a freakin’ sea fortress! So a big congratulations to these two love birds as they start their biggest adventure together. #tmfdproject

It’s like I always say: “Some lettering each day will appease Walder Fray.”Prints are available here.

It’s like I always say: “Some lettering each day will appease Walder Fray.”
Prints are available here.

Things My Friends Do, Week 13: Liam Milner and Benita Sullivan. These saucy love birds are one talented pairing. Not only are they both magical artists, but these golden nuggets know how to make sweet, sweet, music together in the trio Elliot Friend. For the remainder of August Liam has his illustrations hanging on the walls of the Vic Bar. Trust me, you owe it to your eye balls to head on down for a viewing, and you also owe it to your taste buds to enjoy a beer while you’re at it. It’s a full sensory experience… #tmfdproject

Things My Friends Do, Week 13: Liam Milner and Benita Sullivan.
These saucy love birds are one talented pairing. Not only are they both magical artists, but these golden nuggets know how to make sweet, sweet, music together in the trio Elliot Friend. For the remainder of August Liam has his illustrations hanging on the walls of the Vic Bar. Trust me, you owe it to your eye balls to head on down for a viewing, and you also owe it to your taste buds to enjoy a beer while you’re at it. It’s a full sensory experience… #tmfdproject


I had some free time at work yesterday while my kick ass art student painted, so I Winterbottomed the Hillvale logo.If you haven’t already heard of these tremendously talented lads “Hillvale is an independent photo lab in Melbourne. We work a bit differently than other labs, here’s why:  We are not a traditional ‘store-front’ business, instead we offer you multiple locations to drop off your film. From there we pick up the film, process, scan and upload the images for you to download.”
If you’re visiting Melbourne be sure to swing by and say hello. Details regarding when they’re open can be found here.

I had some free time at work yesterday while my kick ass art student painted, so I Winterbottomed the Hillvale logo.

If you haven’t already heard of these tremendously talented lads “Hillvale is an independent photo lab in Melbourne. We work a bit differently than other labs, here’s why:  We are not a traditional ‘store-front’ business, instead we offer you multiple locations to drop off your film. From there we pick up the film, process, scan and upload the images for you to download.”


If you’re visiting Melbourne be sure to swing by and say hello. Details regarding when they’re open can be found here.

Ampers(h)and. Some hand lettering I have been playing around with.Prints now available here.

Ampers(h)and.
Some hand lettering I have been playing around with.Prints now available here.

Ampers(h)and!  Work in progress.

Ampers(h)and!
Work in progress.

Meanwhile, at Winterbottom Industries…

Meanwhile, at Winterbottom Industries…

Working on some illustrations for a bunch of cool dudes today. #lightboxmoodlighting

Working on some illustrations for a bunch of cool dudes today. #lightboxmoodlighting