I'm super excited to present to you the first ever interview on this blog! Hopefully there will be many more to come in the near future - I really believe in supporting other artists and small business owners. I love reading about how they got where they are today, their process and the challenges they may have faced along the way. So, let's get right into it! Love Sexton features accessories that are bright, sassy and will definitely make you stand out in a crowd. The combination of color and texture makes for a truly astounding look. You can learn more about Tokara and Love Sexton through her Facebook page, or on Twitter and of course you should head on over to her shop and check out the rest of her work!
First of all, where does the name Love Sexton come from? Sexton is my last name. I meant it to be sort of like the end of a letter, as in "Love, Sexton". I’m very intrigued with the colors in your work. What draws you to the materials you use? What first inspired you to paint such bright colors onto faux leather?
I am drawn to all bright colors. I love to surround myself with them as they make me happy. My house is painted in bright blues, yellows, and pinks. I am an artist at heart, I really wanted to incorporate my painting into my accessory making. I had been making the gold, black, and white style feathers for a long time, but I wanted COLOR! So through much trial and error I finally found the right fit between type of paint and type of material.
Are there other materials you’d like to try? I have worked with silks before but I have never tried painting them. I think that's a future venture.
Did you have any big challenges when you started Love Sexton? Any current challenges? Start up money I guess was the biggest challenge. I really want only high quality supplies in my shop so it took a while to build up a collection of items and materials to work with. As for current challenges, just keeping up with demand all by myself. It's still at the point where I am enjoying it and not too stressed out, and I want to keep it that way.
What is your personal style like? I guess I am part rocker style, part pin up girl. Very opposite. I am a very girly girl either way. I wear a lot of black with bright pops of color like the Neon Aztec earrings, or bright makeup.
Do you have any major influences or places to go for inspiration? I love all fashion. Love the designers who take chances. Love to check out fashion blogs.
How do you go about promoting your shop?
Etsy is a great place to get noticed. I try and contact boutiques and blogs when I have time. It's kind of hard to promote when you're running a one girl business.
Where do you hope to see Love Sexton in the next year? For right now I would like to maintain. I have some new ideas in the works, so I would like to get enough time to create and get those out.
Do you have any pearls of wisdom for other creatives? Be patient, try not to get discouraged (I have been doing this since 2006). Keep coming up with original pieces and your hard work will get noticed!