The Indie Craft Experience is very lucky to have many crafters who have participated in the show many, many times. There are only two crafters, however, who have been vendors every single time. Over the course of the past five years we have hosted ten markets, including our upcoming event this Saturday, November 21st. Liz Stricklen of Lizerati and Becky Striepe of Glue and Glitter are our two shining stars who have sold their amazing creations at every single ICE. They’ve even volunteered to stuff swag bags for most of the shows and they also happen to be good friends!
We met up with Liz this evening for the following interview.
ICE: Hello Liz! Tell us all about Lizerati.
Liz: I’ve been making things since 2002 and selling them since 2004. Over the years, I’ve made jewelry, candles, bound books, stationary, linoleum block prints, but jewelry has been the constant for me over time.
ICE: And great jewelry it is. A couple years ago you had this amazing necklace with yellow beads and a magnifying glass and I HAD TO HAVE IT. I bought it for myself for Christmas! So what’s changed about Lizerati over the years?
Liz: I’ve gotten a much better sense of what works for me, what works for customers and what I enjoy doing. I’ve also had fun playing with different materials and techniques and I’ve been incorporating more vintage and re-used items in my stuff as well. There’s real satisfaction in getting ideas out of your head and in to the real world, and I’ve been able to realize that more and more over time. Also, I’ve learned the hard way to wear sunscreen to outdoor festivals and to make sure you have sensible underwear on.
ICE: Ha ha! Totally!! Why have you participated in every single ICE?
Liz: ICE has the most well thought out list of vendors of any show I have ever participated in. It also has a cohesive look and feel, is marketed well, and is always organized. It’s clear that it’s done with care and that makes a huge positive difference for both the vendors and attendees. Every year I meet people who have ICE on their calenders months in advance and look forward to every single one. I am also one of those people!
ICE: Oh that’s awesome! What’s your favorite part of ICE?
Liz: My favorite part of ICE is interacting with the vendors and customers. There are some fantastic people there and the opportunity to meet new friends and see old ones really makes it feel more like a community event than just a day of shopping.
ICE: That’s great to hear because that’s really what we aim for! What are your future plans?
Liz: I was recently given a sewing machine, so my next big challenge is to learn how to use it and then to learn how to use to effectively. I’ve also got a couple new ideas that I can’t wait to experiment with and some fun surprises in the works. I’m really looking forward to the different directions I will get to explore in the coming year!
ICE: I’m with you on the learning to use it effectively. I can use my sewing machine, but I’m not always sure I’m using it effectively! Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Liz: I can’t wait to see everyone at ICE!
ICE: Awesome, we can’t wait to see you on Saturday! Thanks for being such a loyal vendor!
Interview conducted by Christy.
November 18th, 2009