Featured Member: Oblue

Oblue

How did you get started in your chosen craft?

I started my business (officially) in August 2009. Before I was knocking pieces up for friends and family and things kind of starting moving on their own. I have an artistic background with a degree in Fine Art (specializing in painting and textiles) but had never really made jewellery before, although I always fancied having a go.

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

I am very careful to be as resourceful as possible when creating, I am always asking friends, families and complete strangers to donate their unwanted toys and bits, and also make sure that my carbon footprint is as low as it possibly can be. I hand make all my packaging materials out of recycled bubble wrap and discarded ordnance survey maps, and try to use sustainable materials in all my packaging.

Why did you join the EcoEtsy Team?

I joined the Eco Etsy team because I really believed in the ethics of the team and wanted to connect with like-minded individuals who created sustainable and ethically made products. I also wanted to find gift ideas for friends and family!

Which piece in your shop is your current favorite?

My current favorites are my upcycled vinyl record pieces. As these are made out of my old record collection which I really think shows my personality.

I really love these structural collars which are a new line for me, I have yet to sell one! But when I wear mine out I get loads of positive comments as it is such a statement piece.

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

I always make sure my family is as eco friendly as possible, although this doesn’t extend to my parents or in-laws. I think older attitudes towards being eco-friendly are hard to change. I make sure that my carbon footprint is as low as it can be.  I also recycle everything (to the point of moaning at the council because they won’t recycle certain things!). I grow my own veg and eat organic when possible. I also recycle all my clothes to friends and family, or re-create something else to wear. My husband and I would really love to build an eco house but this will be far in the future when we have a better income.

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

My craft is just a hobby for me as I have a full time job as Assistant Curator-“Collections Management at Falmouth Art Gallery“. I would love to go part time but will have to wait until my Etsy sales become more reliable! I love my job and get to work in many different areas of the museum including the education where I run the creative workshops for children and families, I am always resourceful running workshops too, trying to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible.

What do you do when you are not crafting?

I have a toddler so I spend all my free time with him, we live in Cornwall, UK, so the beaches are minutes away. I also practice Kung Fu with Bac Loong Gar Martial Arts and I am currently a blue sash, 3 away from my black.

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Comments

  1. Wowza, I love everything that includes a measuring tape. So super creative, great featured seller! I’ll keep this shop in mind, thanks :-)

  2. I just looked through your shop and love all your creations! I also added you to a treasury I made last week:
    http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c2d5ec71dbd8eef1411a638/does-this-measure-up

  3. Hi Everyone

    I just wanted to say how pleased I am to be featured! Thank you so much :D