Welcome to the WedEclectic Offbeat Interview Series! Here, we invite you to absolutely pay attention to (wo)man behind the curtain. And lucky you because they are all amazing artisans making amazing things in their fabulous shops.
Today, we’re chatting with Krissy Cartwright, Atlanta based owner of Make Believe’N Alternative Weddings LLC and captain of the wonderfully offbeat WedEclectic team on Etsy.
How did you come up with your shop name?
My shop name came from my theory that we should be the most authentic people we can be. No make believin’ to fit someone else’s ideal version of you or your wedding. Being able to fill my days designing and daydreaming about ways to buck wedding traditions is awesome!
And what exactly are these tradition-bucking designs?
I take high quality fabrics and embellishments and transform them into personalized keepsake bouquets and accessories. Each flower is individually handcrafted out of satin, chiffon, organza, crepe, and tulle, and centered with any embellishment that can be imagined. My desire to create non-traditional wedding bouquets and accessories has enriched and fulfilled my life in ways I never could have imagined. My “art” allows me to focus on the style and personality of my clients. Every custom order is a window into a life I never would have known otherwise.
How’d you get started?
A few years ago I started making hair doodads for a friend and the business snowballed from there.
Who would you say has had the most influence over your craft?
Etsy has influenced my work profoundly. Finding the right niche, and building my shop all came from learning from Etsy admins and my fellow Etsians.
What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?
Unique and quirky wedding details that represent the couple instead of the masses.
What would you like to see at more weddings?
I would love to see more programs that give additional background on the couple…how they met, favorite foods/songs, etc.
Which celebrity would you like to see sporting your designs?
If I had to choose a celebrity to work with it would be someone eclectic…a Katy Perry maybe.
A woman should always carry…?
Women should always carry a cell phone. Keeps you safe and connected with those you love.
What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?
My unicorn…so many things, but the biggest is web/graphic design. Just ticks me off that I don’t have a clue how to do this!!!
If you are interested in bucking a few traditions of your own, Krissy is at your service. Feel free to browse her shop on Etsy for a gallery of her offbeat designs, ready to purchase or to serve as inspiration for your custom order. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Interview by Janice J. Bear of Never a Plain Jane Designs