Discover This Shop: Romantic Art on Etsy

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In a little town in Hungary lives Kata. Surrounded by a magical world filled with dolls and flowers and Lake Balaton, Kata creates from the heart...wonderfully unique jewelry and accessories for you and your home!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Katalin (Kata), its the Hungarian translation for Catherine. I live in Europe in a little, but beautiful country, Hungary. I live near a big lake, which is actually the biggest lake in Europe, the Lake Balaton. I like to live here. Fortunately all my family members live here around the lake. We are really cohesive. I have a son, David. I love to live and do things for others, especially for those who are not treated so well by life. I think I am really blessed, because I had many great opportunities in many ways to really, live my dreams. For the last few years, I was working in an exclusive flower shop, where I learned a lot of new things, we made decorations for weddings and special occasions. These were great times. I think the biggest success in my life is that I can proudly say I am happy and satisfied.

What first made you want to become an artist?

Even in my youth, I loved to make things. My French herited grandmother (Hermina - Emerencia) showed me the art of creation. She thought me all her knowledge, like the beautiful art of sewing. I couldn't imagine my life without creativity. The old things from the past amaze me, these have the biggest impact on my life and my work. I always happened to "appear" near people who thought me lots, and helped me reach my goals. That's how I happened to get a taste of sewing, flower knitting, Aquarell painting, photography, just to mention a few. I always did what I wanted to, the things that called me, "found me", so that's why I cannot tell what was "The First Job" that made me start to walk this road. Now its definitely the sewing that gets me going. My new, huge love is the doll making. I show my works on the biggest Hungarian craftsman website. My latest job is "Mrs. Danvers", who is shaped by the main character of the musical "Rebecca". The doll is made as an order to be a present to the actress who plays this character in the musical. I am really proud of this work of mine! I love to shape characters :) Since I live in a fairly small town, most people know me and my work, so sometimes I get special orders from different people. A few weeks ago I some brooches and necklaces for a hostel in Austria for the festival series called the "Rose weeks". In my Etsy Shop I have all kinds of romantic accessories. Hairpins, brooches, snaps, bags.

What items do you make?

Every single piece of art that can be seen in my Shop is the work of my very own hands. I do everything by myself. I get the necessities, I make the item, take pictures of it, upload it to the site (With this my son was a great help to me, since he is speaking English fluently, he was studying in the United States for one year).

What is your most favorite place in the world?

My favorite place is definitely Venice. I have some great reminiscence with that city. I've been there a few times, its a really special and beautiful place. Other than that I like every place where water can be found. I cannot live without water for long.

What would you like to be when you grow up?

I'm pretty grown by now! :)
My dream is a workplace, where I can, beside my own work, show the items of other creative people and maybe have little gatherings with other artists. I have many great friends, who I'd like to help with presenting their work. The house is already standing, we'll all see when my dream comes true.

What started you on Etsy?

I started on Etsy in March, for the advice of my globe-trotter friend, Betty, who also has a shop on Etsy ( ). She is a real fairy, she helped me a lot with starting out, and encouraged me to show my work to everyone over the world.

What lessons have you learned since starting selling online?

You always have to give all you can, and do the best you can. Not only on the pictures, but really, you have to do your best to succeed. The best compliment is when someone says: "This is even better looking, than on the picture!". The most important lesson that I learned is that we are need to rely on each other here on Etsy, this is beautiful. I think online trading is good, because you don,t have to maintain a store, and you get lots of freedom by it. The best thing is probably that you can show the whole world your art, and what you do. I still have a lot to learn about these things.

Where do you advertise?

I can only advertise with Treasuries, where I can show my work. The biggest barrier is that I don't speak English. This way my items have to speak for me, but when making sales it is a really big and bad issue. I think the most I have to learn is the sale system. I think and I profess that I only have to do my own things and the best people and the best opportunities will find me.

And across the miles, our kindred spirits meet. Kata writes:

Kata's Etsy store is Romantic Art.


OneCraftyFox May 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM  

Gorgeous shop, I have already peeked through it. It is so lovely that you run these features, Nina!

waterwaif May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

What a wonderful feature and interview! I loved reading it.

realfaery May 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

Wow, I am so happy Kata could be known for many people. She is a lovely lady with a very positive way of thinking, she is really inspiring! I know her:)
Nina, your blog is really very nice, congrat!

petalcarver May 22, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

What a wonderful shop! I think Kata is a very talent girl with a big-big heart! We have worked together in a flower shop, and we were a perfect team! :) Nina's blog is the best place to show Kata's beautiful things. Congrats!

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