Friday, November 20, 2009

Etsy Artist Feature: DeanDymentStudios!

Welcome to my first feature of a wonderful, local Etsy artist. She's Lori Dean Dyment, and she works out of Richmond, BC Canada!

On her Etsy profile, she says: "Born and raised in Vancouver I went to Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design where I fell in love with printmaking.  I have my own press at home where I create linocuts, collographs, drypoints and monotypes. Monotypes make up the majority of my work and are really just paintings printed onto paper."

Click her header below to go to her shop. Show some love!

So I'll get right to the interview!

Tell us about how you started creating art.

I’ve had the urge to create for as long as I can remember. Actually, I feel like a huge part of my life is missing when I’m not creating so it has been like breathing to me, it’s necessary.
I took every art course available in high school and later went to Emily Carr Institute of Art where I studied printmaking. After graduating, I got a press for use in my own home.

How did you end up on Etsy?

I found out about Etsy in a home decor magazine as a great venue to buy artwork. I had been looking for a way to create some income from my artwork while staying at home with my children.

There are quite a few artists on Etsy. How do you compete?

I find this very hard because there are so many great artists on the site and you can get something amazing for very little money. I try my best to be seen in the masses by listing an item daily. As well, I keep a current Facebook fanpage with interesting links, a blog in which I weekly feature other Etsy sellers and then I use Twitter to post links to my shop and connect with other sellers/artists.

What do you think makes you stand out from all the others?

I think my artwork is a bit different from the majority of pieces on Etsy. and it doesn’t really fit the “Etsy look”. The reductive monotype medium I use is rarely seen on the site, so you’ll definitely find something unique in my shop. I think the thing that probably makes me stand out from others is the quality and skill in my artwork. As well, I believe the authenticity of my work shows through. I create pieces that mean something special to me and are not merely one-offs of the same image in a different color.

Tell us about an average day for you.

An average day involves taking my kids to school, making lunches, cleaning house, doing laundry, playing pretend, reading stories and tucking everyone into bed. In between, when I get a couple free minutes, I check in on my shop and follow up on links and emails. Once the kids are asleep, I am able to spend a few hours working in the studio or updating my shop. I’m looking forward to the average eight hour day in the studio.

What do you use for inspiration?

I find inspiration in so many different places but I tend to gravitate towards ideas and imagery around children and animals. I especially enjoy looking through children’s storybooks for subject matter and variety of techniques.

Share one business tip with all the Etsy sellers out there.

I have found using Stumble Upon for tweeting my latest listing has really helped to increase traffic to my shop.

Do you sell in any other venues?

I have a shop with Artfire as well as various shop windows to my Etsy such as Dooreen, Big Cartel and Soopsee.

Do you have a blog or any other social media people can check out?

I have a:

Facebook fanpage:


Mee a Bee November 22, 2009 at 5:09 a.m.  

Great interview! Good tip to list often and I like the way you say you use Twitter to connect with other artists Lori. Sounds like things are going well!
Thanks Andie for sharing these insights with us about Lori!

caramela November 26, 2009 at 11:59 a.m.  

Such an insightful interview- Lori's work is so lovely. It's a terrific idea to list daily-isn't it? I really enjoyed reading this-
Thank you,

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