Meet the Vendor: Bird of Virtue
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Linnea Oliver and I’m a full-time artist living in San Francisco. I handcraft all of my original jewelry and accessories for men and women in my sunny studio, and at a Bay Area workshop space called the TechShop.
I’m so grateful to be the latest generation in a long line of artists, crafters, and makers in my family. My parents and grandparents have always inspired me with their creativity and their love of crafting, architecture, music, photography, and cooking. It is because of them that I’ve been making and selling beautiful things of all sorts since I was girl.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I’m coming up from San Francisco!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Retail shows are invaluable because they allow me to connect with my customers and other artists. I’ve met so many amazing, inspiring people through going to shows and festivals. Plus, my camera shutter just can’t seem to keep up with what my brain creates, so shows are a fabulous venue for me to sell one-of-a-kind color combinations.
How did you get started in your business?
I had been making/selling jewelry for 20 years, but because it was always part-time, it could never be anything huge because I wasn’t taking much of a risk. Bird of Virtue was born just over 2-years ago and came out of a desire to make changes in my life. At that point, I had been working various corporate jobs for close to 15 years + realized my life needed a serious overhaul. So I quit my job, joined a maker studio in downtown San Francisco and launched Bird of Virtue.
Is this a full-time business for you?
It sure is!
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
Bigger and working smarter.
Who’s your biggest fan?
Well, my mom, of course.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
The little details that draw the eye in.