Super excited today to introduce you to the mastermind behind The Mincing Mockingbird on Etsy.
His bird illustrations are fantastic and his titles are mind-blowingly awesome.
((“Oh, It’s Nothing A Wave Of Nausea And A Total Nervous Collapse Won’t Fix”, “The Secret Society Of French-Canadian Girls”, “Bound Together By The Cowardly Satisfaction Of A Half-Finished, Easy Crossword”….))
Name: Matt Adrian
Where do you live: California’s central coast
What do you do:
I am a full time artist.
How long have you been on Etsy?
My wife’s friend told her about it, and said it looked pretty cool. I checked it out and thought it would be fun.
I made sales right away, and put an incredible amount of work into interacting with the Etsy community, which was quite small at the time. It was nowhere near what it is like today.
What motivates you?
I have a tagline for my shop: Pretty/funny.
My wife, who is extremely talented and funny (her Etsy shop is The Frantic Meerkat).
I’m also inspired by my Etsy “peers” who I’ve been able to see grow into incredible painters, illustrators, quilters, and all-around successful entrepreneurs. Those early connections have really paid off in terms of a support network and deep friendships.
How do you define success?
To me success in any creative industry is connection.
It’s certainly been the most satisfying element to this whole journey.
To be honest, I don’t promote the shop as much as I used to. We have our own website (www.mincingmockingbird.com) as well as a well-established wholesale part of the business, so sometimes Etsy gets neglected a bit.
I get out and go hiking, or drive to the ocean.
I’ve found you can’t beat fresh air and solitude if you want inspiration to strike.
Thank you so much, Matt! You sound like an awesome guy and I also love your wife’s work, too. You guys must be the coolest couple, ever!
I am now inspired to incorporate funny quotes from my life into the titles of my work. And I am happy you emphasized how important it is to just have fun!!
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