What’s the name of your business, what do create and sell and how did you get your start?
My name is Erin Templeton , so is my leather accessories line, and so is my shoppe! I started my business while living in London and Melbourne, so I made stuff with my name on it, to make check cashing easier.
What blogs and mags do you read and what shops do you shop at?
icanhascheezeburger.com is just about the best thing ever, if you like smart humor like I do. I like old magazines, when I can find them, I always seem to like other people’s magazines more than mine. why is that? I don’t seem to have an attention span for the computer and magazines and things like shopping….unless its thrifting and then I will stay until they kick me out, or my husband gets hungry.
What are your inspirations in your art and life?
Vintage mostly, I pick the vintage for the recycled bags and the vintage in the shoppe, so I like to find a funny pocket or something to make me smile. I also like people watching, I follow people on the street to see their bag or something like that, sometimes it’s not what I thought it was, but I always carry a pencil to sketch out what I thought it was, that’s technically still my idea right?
I try and make things inspiring at home, but it’s hard. I am a clutter bug so things are messy. I am inspired by minimalism, but it’s never going to happen…
What’s something you’ve learned as an adult that you wish you knew as a kid?
To try and not give my parents a hard time while not listening to any advice they gave me. I was really lucky though, I feel like my life up to and including 18 was pretty ideal, I doubt any of the things I have learned would have been relevant to that girl, and she never would have listened anyway.
What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?
I can blow off work whenever I want to…but I never do.
What’s been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Staying in business and staying married at the same time!
If a genie came along and granted you one wish, what would it be?
Do you have any suggestions or tips for other artists who are just starting out?
Don’t quit your day job, until it is totally unavoidable, or at least until you have used up your health benefits and gotten a lot of dental work!