Who are you? My name is Lesley A. Sico, and I am a jewelry maker/gocco enthusiast/artist extrordinaire! I currently live in Riverton, NJ with my parents as my husband and I search for our first home together.
What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? My main Etsy shop is 315thomas, http://www.315thomas.etsy.com. I also have supplies at 315stash, http://www.315stash.etsy.com
What tag categories do you specialize in? Jewelry, Paper Goods, and Art
Do you create for children or adults, women or men? Right now I create mostly for women and teenage girls, but I would love to add more artwork and stationery to appeal to a broader range of people in the future.
What do you like about Etsy? I love how interactive the Etsy community is. Having so many talented and business savvy artists as a resource in the forums and the blog is invaluable for people like me who are just starting out. The fact that it is so easy to join a local street team and meet up with other artists in your area is also fantastic.
Where do you find inspiration for your products? For my jewelry, my main inspiration tends to come from the vintage beads and baubles I find at yard sales and thrift shops. I love finding treasures in unexpected places, and most of my designs are kept simple to show off my finds. For my stationery and artwork, a lot of my inspiration comes from vintage ephemera, especially Victorian images. I also love to go to museums and galleries and just soak it all in… whenever I come home from an art exhibit I always feel the urge to create.
What do you love about your business?
I love the freedom it gives me to explore all of my different interests! I have always been very creative, and I love playing with new media and techniques. With Etsy, it is really easy to try out a new product or design and see how people respond to it.
What is your favorite product right now?
My favorite product at the moment would have to be my garden party earrings. They are so my style… part vintage, part modern, girly and fun. And they are so fun to make… I love playing with the different color combinations for each pair.
What makes you unique at Etsy? I think 315thomas is unique because it has a wide variety of offerings that all fit within a particular style. It is extremely difficult for me to limit myself to one art form, and I love coming up with different products and designs that fit into my shop’s overall aesthetic. I think it makes it easy for shoppers to mix and match different types of products for gifts or for themselves!
What other street teams are you a member of? Currently I am a member of EtsyNJ and JET – the Jewelry on Etsy Street Team.
What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
I simply love Lesley's cameo rings - they are whimsical and vintage and femine. This one is my favorite:
This hand painted squirrel shirt is adorable as well: