Friday Feature 30.11.18

As part of our Meet the Maker series on our blog, we have created the Friday Feature. On the last Friday of each month we will feature a team member and their Etsy shop, to give you a quick glance behind the scenes and discover more about our diverse team members.

 

Friday 30 November, 2018 - Charlotte Filshie

Name: Charlotte Filshie

Location: Bethnal Green, East London

Etsy Shop: Charlotte Filshie UK

 

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hey! My name is Charlotte, I am from Australia and have lived in London for over 5 years. I studied jewellery design in Melbourne and have been making and selling ever since.

I have always loved to draw. When I was in primary school I would do my older sisters Visual Communication & Design homework because it was more fun than my own! When I got to high school I would draw in my spare time, but rarely showed anyone. Now I draw for a living I don't get to draw for the sake of drawing very much, but I have so much fun creating my dinosaurs I don't feel like I am missing out.

Number prints

Number prints

 

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON ETSY?

After I finished studying I opened my first Etsy store selling jewellery. I really struggled to get exposure, sales and struggled to balance full-time work and Etsy with work always winning. When I moved to London I closed the shop and opened a new one with geometric and animal jewellery made from upcycled materials. Over time my designs became more and more about dinosaurs (they always got the most attention at markets). I started focusing on the dinosaur illustrations a bit over 2 years ago and haven’t looked back!

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN/MAKING PROCESS:

I begin most of my illustrations as sketches then trace them in Illustrator. I have a graphics tablet which makes it easier and quicker to make the sketches into vectors. All my dinosaurs are based on real dinosaurs so I do a lot of research on what each dinosaur should look like and draw the dinosaurs in different poses until I have one I like. I like to make my dinosaurs do stuff so I move their limbs and make tweaks so they can wear capes, play golf and even ski!

Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift tags

Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift tags

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I love to travel, so working for myself really gives me the freedom to travel and explore. I can set my own schedule and plan travel around busy times. I also love getting feedback from customers, it is always nice to see that even a sticker can make someone day!

 

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU JOIN THE TEAM?

I joined the team over 2 years ago and became a leader a few months ago. I joined the team as a way to meet new people who are also selling on Etsy and self-employed. The meetups and events the team hold throughout the year have been so helpful with growing my business. Now I am a leader I am really excited to help the team members with all the things I have learnt.

 

To find out more about Charlotte follow her on social media:

Facebook: Charlotte Filshie

Twitter: @charlottefil

Instagram: @charlottefilshie