Hi! My name is Corey Marie. I'm an illustrator/comic book artist & web designer (proud to be part of Team Freckled Nest!) and basically an all-around creative nerd type. Leigh-Ann was sweet enough to ask me to share the story of my little shop, and how it came to be.
I found the song inspiring, and used a snippet of the lyrics in an art project. Even though I didn't really know what it would become at the time, I knew it fit me, and the name "PAPERCUTS" stuck around in my head, waiting patiently for me to find the inspiration for a project to go with it. We only stayed in that tiny apartment for a year before moving into a rented house in Richmond, Virginia on our first anniversary. My husband had gotten a job offer that would allow us to start our family, and we took the opportunity.
October 17, 2007 was my birthday, and I bought a gocco screen print machine -- found on this cool web site I had stumbled onto called Etsy. Since I'd already signed up for an account, I decided to try my hand at running my own shop, and November 29, I had my first Etsy sale (a screen print of four cassette tapes) and while I was certainly no overnight success, I was fortunate enough to have several sales by the end of the year. Needless to say, I was stoked.
I could write love letters to Etsy. I still love Etsy and think it's a great resource and opportunity for artists, makers and vintage enthusiasts to shop and sell. (I'm definitely still going to shop there!) I'm excited if a bit nervous to take these first steps with "my own store" and eager to see my dream continue to grow.