Hi everybody, I would like thank Jess Mason for a great interview! Do you want to be a Yarnpreneur? Here is a sneak peek, you can read more about it, and me on the Yarnpreneur Society website.
JM: Tell us a bit about your business:
AK: Hi there, my name is Anneris Kondratas, I’m an illustrator, a crochet artist and the creator of Amigurumi Food. As a little girl living a in a country house far away from the city, I’ve spent many hours making drawings, paintings and little projects involving crafting around the house. In my family, we didn’t have any money to spare, with my brother we would build our own toys and find ways to keep us entertained. Life was so simple, and we were more happy than ever. The years passed by and without a doubt I pursued a career on Visual Arts. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003. Seven years ago I found myself in love with little crocheted characters called Amigurumis and that lead me to learn how to make them. Little after that, I wrote a blog and started designing my own patterns. This was just the beginning. Amigurumi Food is an Etsy shop I opened in the year 2015. In it, I sell my own crochet patterns and crocheted creations. My patterns are available as sets for instant download for anyone who understands the basic crochet stitches. You can find a complete guide with photo tutorials if you want to make your own Amigurumi Food. At the same time, I’m lucky to be able to sell my own handmade creations, some of them, limited editions made by me and custom orders for any person who wants to make a unique gift to him/herself or someone in his/her life. My heart fills with joy when I get to put a smile on someone’s face.
JM: Why did you start your business?
AK: I never thought that being a mother was such an incredible and inspiring journey. Every time I saw my son playing with little amigurumis that I made myself, my heart was filling with joy. I could never imagine that I’d feel so complete, my little boy playing and testing my own creations. As the months went by, my little one grew older, and I found out that I had more time to spend on creating those little creatures and sharing my designs with others. I found on Etsy a familiar platform to create my own business. I had more time to work on premium patterns and Etsy felt like a step in the right direction. I wasn’t expecting to sell much, and I had a lot of doubts about how many items to start with, and how to price them correctly. I think I made less than $10 the first month. But as the time went by, I was able to come up with a structure to support the work I do, and to be able to keep things updated and interesting, which keeps the buyers coming back to my shop...