My interview with Kambachshop on Etsy

Tell us your personal name, business name, website and location?

Our names are Susie Kamper and Berrit Bachmann and our shop is called Kampbachshop. We live in Copenhagen, which is the capital of Denmark. You can of course find us on Etsy, but also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kambachshop/153610001377208.

What is your studio or workspace like, and how do you work in your studio?

We actually don´t have a studio but create everything sitting on the couch. We don´t know if we work in a special way. We think we just act when an idea comes up in our heads

How would you describe and think of your style, what kind of handmade items do you make and what type of materials do you prefer?

Susie who does the paintings loves the whimsical style and always paints animals in funny situations. She uses acrylic on quality canvas. Berrit who does the needle felting uses lambs wool and merino wool. She makes different kinds of needle felted things like dolls, animals and bracelets. We think our style is cheerful and warm and we hope that shows in our work. People are always wellcome to contact us, if they have a special request.

What new directions do you hope to move in the future?

We hope to be an integrated part of Etsy with a lot of sales and requests. We count on being able to continue to be creative, we develop every day and our eyes are allway open for new ideas, so it´s impossible to say, where our shop will be in 3 months or a year.

Do you have big plans, new ideas or designs you will be exploring soon?

Like mentioned before we allways keep our eyes open to new ideas, methods and materials and we really like to try new things, right now we are planning our christmas items even though it can be a bit hard in July.

What is your typical day like?

Right now it´s holiday in Denmark which gives us more time to create besides the normal workdays. A typical day we get up and check our Etsy, gmail, Facebook and Twitter and then start to create and we don´t stop until we go to bed. We each have a couch where a lot of stuff like paint, wool etc. are and there we are, creating, talking, watching (well more like hearing) british detective series like Morse or Barnaby and the children are running in and out.

How do you work during the day in your studio, and what keeps you inspired and motivated?

When it´s not holiday it can be quite hard to find the time to be creative so it´s only after fulltime job, shopping, cooking, washing the clothes and the children are in bed around 9 pm we are able to work.
Our biggest motivation is to create cheerful things that make people smile and be happy. It also feels good to realize that you get better and better and that makes us dare take on bigger and harder tasks.

Who are and are your mentors and inspirations?

Berrit is very inspired from Kay Petal from Feltalive, who is the most amazing artist. Susie loves Gary Larsson and his farside galleries is an inspiration.

I noticed you work with many medias, do you create one piece from start to finish, or do you create various components and then the piece grows to completion separately?

Susie always finish one painting before she starts to paint a new one. Berrit often work on many different projects at the same time.

Are there things that you enjoy and do often without putting it off, and other things that aren’t your favorite and you delay doing them?

We have 3 children and they of course comes first but when it comes to things like cinema, cafés and things like that we often cancel to stay at home and work, because we really love what we do.

What sort of things do you prefer making and creating, what comes easily to you?

Its´very natural for Susie to come up with funny ideas as she also writes for sketchsshows and has a humourues access to life. Needle felting is a very time consuming kind of craft, a doll takes 20-40 hours to make. The fun thing about creating dolls is that Berrit never knows what they will be until they are finished.

What are the things you consider most important to do for your business and your creativity?

We soon learned that connections are extremely important so we continiously work on that. We take part in discussions on forums, we are on Twitter and Facebook. About the creativity we think it is important to keep living and eating healthy. The more energy and tranquility you posess the more mental energy.

What would you recommend for others Etsians who may just be getting started?

We are new ourselfes but we quickly learned the importance of connections, features and promotions. If you don´t work actively on getting your name outthere noone knows your shop excists, so join the teams, participate in the forums, add people to your circle and be generous with the hearts as long as you are honest.

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