Featured Member: Alex Keller

Alex Keller

How did you get started in your chosen craft?

I have made jewelry on and off for years, so it is something I have gone back to. I think it all started with friendship bracelets back in college.

How do you make your craft or etsy store eco friendly?

I use vintage and resale jewelry to create all of my pieces. I try to recycled the findings, too, but I do also use new clasps and jumps rings. I use recycled jewelry boxes & ribbon, my labels and cards are printed on recycled paper, and I use recycled packing to ship my orders when possible.

Why did you join the EcoEtsy Team?

I joined to network with other Eco people and to promote my shop.

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration?

I draw inspiration from jewelry I’ve seen in fashion magazines and catalogs, as well as places where I shop. I’ll see something I like, and think, “I can make something like that!” I’ll put my own twist to it and usually have to make another one to put in the shop. Lots of inspiration comes from sorting through all of the jewelry I’ve collected … “Oh, this would look great if I did this.” or “I can just move this and take that off and put this there….”

Which piece in your shop is your current favorite?

I would have to say the vintage drawer pull is my favorite. I have one like it and the pulls make such interesting pendants.

What are you currently working on?

A little summer collection.

What steps have you taken to lead a green life style?

We recycled & reuse and since we live in the desert, we really try to conserve water.

Is your art/craft your full time job? If not what do you do to pay the bills?

I’m a stay at home mom, so I depend on my husband for support. When my son starts preschool in the fall, I plan to pursue more consignment and wholesale accounts.

What do you do when you are not crafting?

Playing with my son, trying to find time to spend with my husband, and picking up after both of them :)

What is the most eco-friendly purchase you have made?

I’d have to say my recent favorite purchase is from forest bound.  I have one of her totes & love the history behind all the fabric that goes into making them.

Vintage Store: Vintagebyalexkeller
Blog: AlexKeller
Flickr: AlexPKeller
Twitter: AlexandraKeller

Comments

  1. Love your vintagey flare, and wish you all the best on Etsy!!!
    Elsje

  2. nice to know you Alex and see your fabulous creations!!

  3. Great interview- love both her shops very much!

  4. thank you so much for the feature!!!
    i <3 EcoEtsy – everyone is so friendly, helpful and full of great ideas :)
    (and Amy, you were so great to work with)

  5. Love her jewelry, congrats for the feature.

  6. I’ve worked with Alex Keller several times (back when I had my label shop) and she is an absolute delight! I’m thrilled to see her and her amazing collection of jewelry featured on the team blog today! :)