24 Jun Craft Crush #6: Julie Schneider
As the Craftivist Collective we love to showcase fellow craft-lovers who inspire us to keep crafting, teach us new craft skills & new ways of thinking and challenge us in how craft can be done, seen & have a positive mark on the world. These people keep me and the Craftivist Collective moving forward and growing and basically I have a big Craft Crush on them for that reason & want to celebrate their crafty brilliance with you so you can be inspired by them too.
Craft Crush #6 is…. Julie Schneider!
I met Julie recently in the awesome Etsy HQ in Dumbo NYC. Julie works in the Community Team at Etsy supporting the Etsy-family of sellers. Julie invited me to the Eatsy at Etsy lunch (get it? I love a good pun!) whilst I was in NYC and I have to say I was a bit nervous- Etsy is such an amazing organisation & Julie has a big job supporting its sellers so she could have been soooo arrogant and not invite little me in at all. But she was lovely, a bit quiet & what shines out of her is the pride she has in her job to support sellers like herself (she is an Etsy seller too- of course!) & her love for making & writing. Plus she is a seriously good photographer but she was too humble to acknowledge that. I loved that she won an Etsy staff Christmas Party award for her homemade owl outfit too hehee. We talked about how Etsy has helped thousands of sellers improve their products, business skills & how many of them have not gone part time in their job or are full time sellers. I love knowing that Julie is in the world quietly supporting, advising (she is know as the wise owl in the Etsy team), connecting & encouraging individuals & communities to use their skills & passions to create beautiful things for our world to beautify it & to bring joy to buyers and gift-recievers – Julie really does practicing what she preaches. It was an honour to meet Julie & I hope to meet her again someday. I’ve loved reading her answers below and I hope you do too.
For the 4th annual Etsy Craft Party, we picked “Craft for Community” as the theme to encourage participants to use their collective creative powers for the good of their hometowns.There are over 500 locations (!) hosting Craft Parties this year on June 20, and I am loving seeing all the interpretations of this theme, from groups getting together to make toys for the Boston Children’s Hospital (here) to making pet collars for rescued dogs in Chicago (here).