Name: Tuesday Bassen
Occupation: Illustrator and Designer
Etsy Shop: tuesdaybassen.etsy.com
Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a full time freelancer that lives in an old Victorian home with two other Illustrators and my cat, Mischka Babayaga. I recently moved from my Brooklyn apartment to a small New England town to pursue a different quality of life.
When did you start creating and how long have you been on Etsy?
I'm an Illustrator by trade and graduated with a BFA in Illustration and Design from MCAD and Brighton UNI. I opened an Etsy shop while in school, but only actually started using it last December when I was experimenting with clay and ceramics.
How did you come up with your business name, is there any special meaning behind it?:
It's my full given name. :)
Has your Etsy shop become your full time job? If not, would you like it to be?
My Etsy shop is an excellent supplement to my Illustration career and consider it a facet of what I do.
How would you describe your creative process?
With Illustration, I sketch lots, erase, sketch, erase, get melodramatic, sketch, sketch, ink, and then color digitally. With my Ceramic work, I find it a lot more intuitive and go directly to painting on pottery with a brush and non-toxic glazes.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Though it’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing or person that inspires my work, I find myself returning to a few things and people that continuously “wow” me: Modernismé architecture, vintage seed packets, cigarette cards, early 90′s independent comic books (Dirty Plotte, Meat Cake, Peep Show), campy horror movies, Sally Cruikshank, Fleisher Brothers animation studio, Gaslight Era design, and female rappers (Lil’ Kim and BO$$ are my favorites).
What is your most cherished handmade item?
I have lots of handmade things around that house that I love, but I have a small collection of original paintings by my good friend, and now roommate, Yelena Bryksenkova. I think that her work is so unique and beautiful, I love getting lost in all of her tiny details. My most cherished of the four originals I own is one that was commissioned for my Birthday, with a scene of me in my "ideal" room--the rounded bit of a brownstone--with my cat, my favorite books, music, and drawings all beautifully painted into a perfect scene.
Apart from creating things, what do you like to do?
Since moving to New England, I've started doing a lot of rural exploring, going on hikes, picking apples, and using my time here to learn to knit and take kickboxing. PLUS I go back to NYC weekly to go to openings and visit friends, which is always great.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be and why?
It's hard to imagine not making something with my hands, but I love communicating on behalf of other people. I had a fairly short stint as a Project Manager/Agent and really enjoyed talking about other Illustrators' work and finding jobs that were a good fit.
OR I'd be happy working for a florist or a baker, but that might fall under the "artist" category.
Five years from now you will be…
It's hard to say. It's exciting to know that I could do anything that I want and I'm lucky to have a good support system. I envision moving to different cities, like Austin and LA, but I'm content letting magic happen.
Describe yourself in five words:
Cheerful, invested, excitable, fickle, and present.
Carrying on with the five theme, if I were to turn on your iPod, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?
Alone Again Or--Love, Genesis--Grimes, Jea Deux L' Amour--Josephine Baker, When Will You Come Home--Galaxie 500, Stockholm Syndrome--Yo La Tengo
Lastly, do you have any advice for anyone thinking about opening their own shop or participating in craft shows?
Go for the gut! Make something that you want to make and trust your instincts--people will know if it's not genuine and there's so much out there that you should let your freak (or straight laced) flag fly.