Hello everyone and welcome back to Furry Highlights!
I have been saying for a long time that I wanted to do these things again, but sadly, I always managed to fluff that one up, usually because I never found the time during the week and/or forgot. For those that are not familiar with the regular Furry Highlights, they are where I showcase artists, crafters, and the average fur outside of the “Fursuit Friday Feature” which is exclusively for Fursuiters.
These used to be the main highlight of the blog series, but then lack of artist interviews had me slowing down, and even now, I know I need to go and replenish my stock of interviews. Usually (thus far) for this section, I have interviewed digital artists of some kind…but now, now I would like to take a moment to focus on something else, and that is the “crafters” in the fandom. this time, we have “Ritz” for an interview!
Crafted good are always a treat within the fandom whether it is making plushies, sculptures, or even props for fursuits! Just the amount of time and talent all these things take is amazing, and what one can create with what supplies is always so baffling and mesmerizing when you get to watch them work!
But…more on Ritz.
Ritz owns her own little business via Facebook called Sewfi Creations and what she creates is adorable! she has felt badges and little fuzzy furs to take home, and they were all such a treat to see! She approached me about an interview and we had so much to talk about as she walked me through what she does, and just had general conversations about things in the Furry Fandom. She was lovely to chat with and sent me lots of cute photos of the things she had made! But, enough rambling…lets get into the interview with Ritz so you can get to know her better, get to see the amazing products from Sewfi Creations and maybe just maybe find your next commission! 😉
1. Name: Sofia Stanley
2. Age: 28
3. Gender: Female
4. Location: South Texas
5. Hobbies: Video games, crafting, drawing, hiking, and jet skiing.
6. Fursona Name: Ritz (main)
7. Species: Vixaroo
ARTIST/Sales Pages: www.facebook.com/sewficreations
8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
I had noticed the fandom during my high school years but independently carried on my own furry interests. It wasn’t until 3 years ago I became a part of the social circle through Facebook.
9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
I’ve always loved foxes and kangaroos so I decided to create a hybrid between the two. Plus the pouch would be a great addition for cons to store items~
10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
Ritz is who I am, she’s my personality but with fur. She is colorful, spunky, and adventurous 🙂
11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
I believe all fandoms have their dark sides but media tends to only blast the negatives or adult activities on this one due to not understanding all aspects of animal interests.
12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
Drama for sure. Too many furries argue, troll around, steal art, etc.
13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Not really since anyone I mentioned it to I was already close with. I have raised a few eyebrows and have been questioned but that’s it.
14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
Nope, never! I’m proud of who I am and my participation in this fandom as a craft artist has put my name out there so I’m here to stay.
15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Having my own character enables me to be more involved socially and interactively. I currently have a partial suit but once she’s a full suit I’ll be attending events and cons as much as possible.
16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
We would totally go camping and boating or jet skiing, something fun.
17. Tell us a little about your craft(s) and what inspired you to make them:
I was without a computer (no more digital art) for 5 years so I took this time to specialize in crafting. Since I like to be different I wanted to do something else other than badges or print outs hence my physical craft objects. Tada!
18. How long have you been selling your crafts to others?
Furry wise for the past 2 years.
19. How much time does it take to make one product? What about supply costs?
All depending on complexity: both my Felt Badges and Cubz can take up to 5-10 hours, my PlushCakes and PlushPops take about 3-5 hours, and my Paw Magnets take 30 minutes. The supply costs are fairly cheap and can last me a good few uses. Felt is 25c per 4 sheets, yarn bundles average $5, and every knickknack I use is $1-$5.
20. Do you only make designs you think up or do you make custom designs for others?
I only work with design references that have been given to me. I have recently gotten into designing digital adopts that I will be releasing soon though.
21. What do your prices look like for your creations?
These are my current prices but may soon change:
Paw Magnets- $5
Felt Badge- $30
22. What are your goals for the future when it comes to your crafting?
Someday I would love to have my own booth at local craft shows and conventions.
23. What do you find makes your product unique?
I like to think it’s one of a kind because I haven’t seen anyone else make yarn/felt crafts like I do.
24. As a sales pitch…what would you say to make others be interested in buying your product (specifically):
Lol I guess I should go practice that… I’m no salesman.
25. Is this your only income or is it a side-project?
It’s a side project that helps with income when I’m able to commit.
26. What advice would you have for other people trying to sell their crafts to the Furry Fandom?
Communication is key, practice makes perfect, and examples help with expectation.
So there you have it fuzzbutts! That was Ritz and Sewfi Creations! I will not lie, those felt badges look adorable, and wouldn’t mind snagging one for myself one day!!! Also, I would love to see Ritz get enough support so that she can go on to sell at a Convention because I feel like felt dolls, felt badges, and just cute little crafts like this in general are starting to become more popular within the fandom.
Sadly, Ritz does not have an FA or a DA to look to, but she does have her Facebook Sale’s Page which was linked above, and, I recommend very highly that you go and check that out! what was cool was, Ritz is the first furry “crafter” I have ever interviewed…thus, I had to alter an existing artist-interview sheet that I had, and ended up saving the altered result as the crafter interview specific for those that do not delve into digital art. Ritz is also the reason I ended up adding more in-depth questions to my artist interview, so, all sorts of good things came from this!
So yes…many thanks to Ritz for the interview! I wish you well in your business and in your creations! Also, I hope you all will check out her page and at least say hello! Share this page with your friends if you know anyone who might be interested in her products.
I love interviewing everyone in the furry fandom from artists, to crafters, to fursuiters, and just the average fur. I like talking about news within the furry fandom and posting about furries in the media. So, if YOU or someone you know would like to be featured in this blog then please LET ME KNOW!
Drop me a comment down below with a link to your DA/FA/or Facebook where I might reach you! Also, if there is something in specific that related to the Furry fandom that you would like me to discuss? Leave a comment down below as well and I would love to write about it!
But, that’s all we have for this one. Thanks so much for tuning in, and, as always…I will see you all in the next one 😉