Meet Our Vendor: Fanchromatic Nails
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a multimedia artist (and nerd!) turned cosmetics creator! My nail polishes are inspired by the color palettes, moods, descriptions and personalities of different characters and elements from geeky pop culture–so far, books, films, TV and video games. I design and blend the colors myself, with a focus on originality and inspiration, rather than on seasons or following trends.
To help ensure that my products can be enjoyed by people of all walks of life, and to be environmentally-friendly, I’ve developed formulas that are nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty-free, feel super great about that.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I’m coming up by car from San Francisco, and making a several-day road trip out of it, in both directions. Driving up the coast has proven to be an excellent way for me to reconnect with friends in cities along the way!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I really, really love interacting with my customers in person. I love seeing what catches their eye and answering their thoughtful questions about my work. And of course I adore when someone lets out a little “squeee!!!” when they see I have polish for their favorite fandom! It’s a wonderful feeling to connect with people over something they love.
How did you get started in your business?
I had been working as a ceramic & pottery artist for a number of years, and had begun to suffer serious burnout, when in the winter of 2011, I decided to find a new craft field to work in, that still included color & chemistry, two of my favorite parts of the ceramic process. I thought long and hard about what other things I loved and might want to focus on, and decided I wanted to do something geeky-themed. After a ton of research, I decided to launch my own indie nail polish line–at a time when I could find maybe only 4-5 other people who were doing that. In the coming months, I formed a little group with others who were “pioneering” this new little micro-industry, and now, a few years later, there are a number of indie polish creators out there, and I’m still going 🙂
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
It depends! I tend to have basically 3 core groups of customers, who love my work for different (but often overlapping) reasons. First of all are the nail polish junkies: they love my original colors, glitter combinations, and textures, as well as my high-quality formulas. Next are the geeks, who like my polish for its scifi, fantasy, and other nerdy references. And last but not at all least, are those who shop with me for my commitment to keeping my products vegan, cruelty-free, and nontoxic.
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