This week’s feature is on Naniwear, an Etsy shop with lots of clever anime/generally geeky goodies.
How did you get started as a crafter?
I’ve always been crafty. Learned to knit when I was 7 or 8, then crochet when I was in my early 20′s. The hubby is a graphic artist by education and training.
What is your favorite type of craft?
My favorite is crocheting and spinning, well, any fiber arts, really. The husband’s is computer graphics.
What is your favorite piece that you’ve ever made, and why is it your favorite?
I’m really proud of our WWQBD? button. It was really hard to evoke Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica without violating copyright. That’s always a balance we’re striving for. I think it takes more cleverness and creativity to evoke a licensed product, than actually ripping it off. It’s easy to rip off an image or trademarked phrase. There’s no creativity there. Doing it this way makes it more funny, more creative, and more effective.
What inspires you to create?
I get bored easily. I’m always working on something. The same with the husband. We’re always brainstorming. I’m always doing something, be it making stuff for the shop, or doing my fiber crafting.
Have you ever just wanted to make *something* but found yourself at a loss for what to do? If so, how do you overcome crafter’s block?
Not really. I think we avoid that because it’s my husband and I, and we can constantly bounce things off each other. We’re different enough that we avoid that stale feedback loop, but similar enough that we don’t clash too much. Plus, I can always turn to my fiber crafting when I get stuck.
What are some of your favorite geeky interests?
Oh lordy, what aren’t? For starters, the husband and I met at an anime club meeting, where he was the vice president. He started an anime convention back in 1997 that’s the biggest anime con in the Rocky Mountain region (Nan Desu Kan). We’re both old school Doctor Who fans. I’m a huge Babylon 5 fan. We’re both generally science-fiction fans, both literature and film. Both science geeks, in fact I’m listening to Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Star Talk podcast as I’m responding to this. Both gamers (though he’s more than I). I admit, however, I’m more nerdy than geeky. I have an old friend that says I’m her Sheldon.
Do you have any suggestions for crafters trying to get started on Etsy?
Do something you love. You’ll never get bored doing that.
If you could meet anyone, real or fictional, and talk about anything with them, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Oh wow, I’m an historian by education, and there’s so many I’d like to talk to. As I said, I’m more nerdy than geeky. Some of my favorite historical figures I’d love to talk to are Elizabeth I, and find out who her lovers really were. Alexander the Great, and just have a drink with him, that’d be brilliant. Margaret Sanger, and if she was actually an atheist. That’s just a small list.
Any other fun/random facts you’d like to share (secret obsessions, other hobbies not covered by geeky interests, pets, favorite things, etc.)?
My husband shares the exact same birthdate as David Tennant.
You can find Naniwear on Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and their shop website.