Feature Friday: Toni Johnson of Vernon Ave
Today we feature the talented Toni Johnson of Vernon Avenue. If you love handbags (and what woman doesn't?) you need to check out her work. Toni was recently featured in the Autumn issue of Haute Handbags!
How did you first hear about etsy?
I found it on the internet about 3 years ago.
Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!
I have been making things and being creative for as long as I can remember. I love art classes as a child and grew into it naturally. My Mom gave me the freedom to be creative and paint murals on the wall, have a purple mohawk and "redesign" my clothes too. So, it has been ingrained into my everyday life. Maybe the purple mohawk was not the best idea but it was an outlet. I love to paint, draw, bake, sew and pretty much anything I can get my hands on.
How did you get started as a designer?
See above! ha! I started in high school making my own purses and changing my clothes to my liking. Then I moved on to design school.
What inspires you to create?
Travelling and seeing new places inspires me. Also, the history of handbags. I like to go back and look at the different cultures and learn about all different types of bags.
How long have you been a member of Bluegrass etsy and how did you hear about the team?
I have been a member about 9 months. I learned about them by reading stories about the street teams on The Storque.
Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?
Make what you love and the rest will come. Try not to make things "just" for money.
Anything else you would like to add?
I think etsy is a wonderful thing and it has given so many artists and people a community to thrive on on it's own terms.
To see more of Toni's colorful and unique handbags, visit her Vernon Ave etsy shop! They make great gifts!
And check out Toni's fun posts at her HandmadeMoonshine blog.