Today we are talking with Li of Little Green Envelopes. Li is a photographer and maker of beautiful things and her work is about inspiring others to find beauty in the ordinary. She has been selling on Etsy for coming up to a year.
Where do you live / work?
I was born in Singapore, have lived in Australia for 4.5 years and I have been calling the UK home for the last 15 years.
I have lived in Cardiff since 2002 and these days I shuttle between Cardiff and Wiltshire. I do the design work for my partner’s coffee lounge and I’m building my own business at the same time – selling things I love to make, and finding a way where I can combine my love for photography, travel and designing in a way where I can make a living out of doing all these things that lights me up.
Other than Etsy where else can we find your work?
My website: www.wenglizhuan.com
Who do you admire in your industry?
They are not in my industry per say, but they are all independent artists and small business owners. I admire their values and work ethos and how their work truly comes from their heart. They are a constant inspiration and encouragement for me.
(1) Jillian Lukiwski – silversmith, photographer and writer
(2) Susannah Conway – author, photographer and teacher
(3) Penelope Dullaghan – illustrator
(4) Ariele Alasko – sculptor and woodworker
We live in such a mass produced, buy-it-now world, why should we continue to buy handmade?
Because why would you want to be same-same?
When you buy handmade, when you support independent artists and small businesses, you are not simply buying a thing. You are buying hours of experimentation, moments of joy, and a piece of the artist’s heart. Most importantly, you are buying the artist more time to do what s/he is passionate about.
I have always love making things. Even though I would give the odd card bought from a shop, I have always preferred making my own. All my cards are individually hand trimmed and hand drawn (apart from my Polaroid Notecards which are printed in small batch), and no two are exactly alike. I make and sell the kind of cards I would give to the people I care about. I hope that my cards put a little smile in my customers’ hearts and add a little beauty to their recipients’ lives.
When do you feel the most creative?
In the quiet of the night.
And finally, just for fun. Christmas tree – real or fake?