Monday, June 30, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: SkyBox

SkyBox is the Etsy shop of Jenny, who is a Seattle resident. She learned to crochet as a young girl, when her mother was looking for something to keep she and her siblings entertained during summer vacations. Although her shop on Etsy just opened at the beginning of 2008, she has been crafting for more than 20 years. Etsy is the first venue where she has sold her creations.

In addition to crocheted items, her Etsy shop also features knit items and sewn items. Jenny says: "Originally the shop was just for my knit and crochet items but the Etsy articles about craftivism and recycling/upcycling have inspired me to get the sewing machine out of it's box, wipe the dust off it and sew things out of old clothes like wallets and purses." In addition to upcycled items, her crocheted market totes are wonderful for those of us trying to reduce our impact on the future of the Earth. She is willing to take custom orders for her items, noting that she can work with customers on colors and sizes. "I want to make something that is better than what they have pictured in their mind because I love to see people completely happy with things that I make."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Vogon Poets

I first found the Etsy shop Vogon Poets when I saw the shop name as the curator of a treasury. As a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I caught the reference immediately. For those who aren't familiar with this book, the Vogons are a race of aliens known for their intolerably bad poetry. But Vogon Poets' shop tagline, "third place poetry, first place designs," definitely applies.

Vogon Poets is the brainchild of Stephanie Ament, of Pennsylvania. Like many artists on Etsy, Stephanie can safely say that she has been crafting for nearly her entire life, inspired by a very creative mother. Stephanie's Etsy shop, which opened in February of 2008, features prints of her monster drawings and printed cards featuring the same artwork. Stephanie enjoys drawing these monsters and putting them in a variety of situations: "It's fun showcasing monsters in a friendly way, because when I was a little kid I was so afraid of them. I find it amusing to take something people think of as "scary" and put them say on a beach in an inner tube. How could anyone hate a monster who loves the beach!?" Stephanie is also willing to take on custom work--if you have an idea for something you'd like to see a monster doing, she'd be happy to hear it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Jennifer Squires Productions

Jennifer Squires Productions features the photography of Jennifer Squires, of London, Ontario, Canada. Jennifer has been photographing professionally for over 10 years, and has been selling her photographs on Etsy for about 4 months. When asked about her start in the arts and crafts world, she says: "I grew up in a very small hamlet so I was always looking for ways to make it more interesting, I guess that’s where my artistic juices began flowing. I’ve always had a camera so I ended up studying photography in high school and college and I’ve been taking pictures ever since!"

Jennifer photographs a wide range of objects and landscapes, seeking the beauty and simplicity of everyday life. She finds that the photographs in her Flora series are among the most popular on Etsy. If you spot a photograph in Jennifer's Etsy shop that you love, but it's not listed in the size you want, you can always contact her for a different size, as small as 4 x 6 inches or as large as 24 x 30 inches. You can also see more of her photography at her website, or read her blog.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Etsy Featured Shop: Population One

Population One is the Etsy shop of Erica Dvorachek, a transplant to Seattle from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Erica has been crafting since she was young, starting out with craft time with her grandmother while her mother ran errands and her grandfather napped. She began selling her crafts later, however, starting with skirts at the Fremont Market in Seattle about 4 years ago. Now Erica sells a variety of shapes and sizes of purses, wallets, and other bags. She can still be found at the Fremont Market on Sundays, as well as selling on Etsy and Cut + Paste.

She says that one of her most popular sellers, as well as one of her favorite items to make, is the Katrina wristlet: "It's an original design that took me a really long time to finally get to the point where I was happy with it. It started out as a completely different idea and finally evolved into a wallet wristlet.... I haven't anything exactly like it anwhere else. That makes me really happy." No matter what sort of bag or wallet you need, there's a good chance that Erica will have something that fits the bill at Population One.