#meetthemaker: Bethany Eden

To countdown to our two-part holiday show, we’re kicking off a new #meetthemaker series to get to know our DIY Night makers and artists a little bit better. If you haven’t already, RSVP for our DIY Night on Friday, December 1st and don’t miss Bethany’s watercolor holiday card station!

Bethany Eden of Bethany Eden Watercolor started working full-time as an artist and a maker only 3 years ago, but she’s already connected with the San Francisco art community in a big way, doing everything from exhibiting in galleries to teaching creative workshops and running an Etsy shop. Did we mention she’s also expecting her first child? Read on to see just how Bethany balances everything. (Netflix may be involved)

Tell us a bit about your journey as a maker. When/why did you create your company and where do you see it in the next 2 years?

“I started working as an artist and maker full-time 3 years ago after moving to the Bay Area and getting married. I wanted to fully pursue my creative passions and see what I could create and how I could connect with others using my art. I’ve really enjoyed getting to be a part of the creative community in San Francisco and getting to share my art in different ways. I’m expecting my first child soon, so I’m planning to focus on being a mom and painting conceptual pieces when I have time, and scale back on the other opportunities for now. In two years I hope to have more of my paintings in galleries and cafes around the Bay Area in two years, and to have grown as an artist and mother.”

What inspires you?

“Stories about honest emotions and sacrifice. I often find myself creating metaphorical paintings based on stories I’ve heard and lessons I’ve learned. I’m also inspired by quality design that is playful and clean. I recently visited Japan and fell in love with all of the thoughtful design used for everything.”

What’s your favorite gift to give during the holiday season and why?

“I love giving personalized art to my family and friends, such as watercolor portraits. I think seeing yourself in illustration form is enjoyable for people, and it is something unique that no one else could give them.”

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

“My husband! Ha, not really something you can buy and wrap up, but he is a great gift to me. I’ve enjoyed the handmade gifts from friends and family, like hand-carved wooden objects or original songs written for me where I can tell a lot of time and thought went into them.”

What is your favorite part of participating in markets and meeting your clients face to face?

“Seeing people made happy by my art is such an honor, as well as getting to answer questions about the meaning behind my work. I also sometimes offer custom portraits painted live at markets, and when the customer hangs around to watch me paint I enjoy getting to explain some of the process and see them get inspired to create art of their own.”

When you’re not crafting away, where can we find you?

“Hanging out with friends, hosting get-togethers, or exploring different parts of the Bay Area with my husband. I also have a hearty Netflix addiction that I tend to.”

Show us where you work!

“We’ve recently moved to a new apartment so I’m sure the sketches and paintings will begin to spread out and takeover the rest of my home soon enough.”

Any advice for first time vendors?

“Expect to make mistakes and try to find small things to be thankful for, even if the first few shows aren’t as successful as you’d hoped. Try to learn something new to try next time and make a note of what worked well for you. After about 10 craft shows, I started to realize what worked well for my booth in terms of display, price points, types of markets, amount of inventory, how to talk to customers…Bring a friend and try to have fun and enjoy the creativity around you!”

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