Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings
On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery comprised of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or anything you can imagine.
The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and the like.
The February winner is CartoCreative who loves graphic design, cartography and bold colors.
1. What made you start your shop?
Steve and I have always wanted to have our own business. After university, we travelled quite a bit, and when we got back home, we were racking our brains on how we could combine our talents and interests. We needed something to keep us grounded for a bit, but that would still let us express our creative urges.
2. What made you get into making map prints?
While we were travelling, we would draw maps and skylines of the places we were going and to remember places we had been. A friend of ours saw our work and convinced us to make prints and put them for sale. Shortly after, we took part in a local market and all of our prints sold within a few hours. We were amazed at the reaction and realized maybe we weren’t crazy and other people could be interested in maps just as much as we are.
3. Do you enjoy other crafts (do you make anything else)? If so what crafts?
When I was little, I was obsessed with doing needlepoint. I learned to knit two years ago, but I only ever made one headband, part of a scarf, a sweater that somehow ended up with huge pointed shoulders, and half a blanket. Otherwise I do art on occasion (drawings, collages, and paintings) and have had a few art shows. Steve, CartoCreative’s other half, is really the artistic one, he’s a ridiculously good artist.
4. Do you have a favorite craft website? What is it and why?
It’s not exactly a craft website, but I love browsing through all of the interesting pictures on Pinterest and finding really cool do-it-yourself projects.
5. What are your social media links?
This shop is a great mix of two talented people coming together! If you or someone you know loves maps, history and the written word you have to check out this shop!