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Interview with Jenny of CUT+PASTE

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

I’m a graphic designer by trade and I started CUT+PASTE back in 2002 when the online craft community was just beginning. I started the website and a consignment program when I noticed a lack of outlets for crafters to sell their goods on the internet. Through our popular consignment program, Partner in Craft, we are able to feature and promote new artists and makers who might not otherwise have a retail voice online. We’ve hosted over 300 artists and designers and promote their work in press and new business opportunities.

What are your favorite crafts and how did you first get involved with crafting?

I love all crafts, but have a particular soft spot for unique handmade clothing and jewelry. I first got involved with crafting by sewing and reconstructing clothing and selling it on ebay (before I started my site). I started my site originally to sell some of my own goods, but started to meet lots of other crafters online who aside from ebay, didn’t have a “home” for the crafts. So I started to sell goods made by other lovely creative people and the site just grew from there!

What do you like best, coming up with ideas or executing them?

I love coming up with ideas. I don’t always have the best patience or skills to execute them all, but I’m a problem-solver by nature and I love finding ways to make things happen…either by myself or with the help and collaboration of others.

Are you super organized or messy?What does your workspace look like?

I’m super organized…you kind of have to be when you run a store, especially when you are dealing with lots of different vendors and their goods. My workspace has a spot for the creative brainstorming, but for the most part, I tend to file, organize and try to keep everything orderly. Even when things get messy, there is nothing like a good deep cleaning for me to get my ideas and thoughts in order.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?

Lots I hope! We’d love to update the site with lots of new functionalities and actually have been looking for a new way for people to be able to shop online. Now with the increase in popularity in crafts and the handmade we still strive to carry and offer truly unique and well-made items by crafters everywhere in the world. We’ve done a bit of traveling in the past few years and are keenly interested in bringing an international flavor to the site…especially the relation of handmade culture being tied to a specific culture and livelihood.

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