I think all this exposure to Australian artists via Etsy has been a great learning experience for me, as I’d not been exposed to design down under much at all until design blogs and etsy popped up.
I love the crafts and art from this beautiful country, I’m always searching Etsy for Aussie artists because I am drawn to their design aesthetic every time – it’s so modern and fresh. One shop I check often is Tsk Tsk, have you heard of it? This lady is crazy for Russian nesting dolls, she features them in nearly all of her work lately and I love seeing how she translates a popular design motif into art, cushions, and other cutie things. I first heard about her last summer and have enjoyed watching her online adventures with Etsy grow and prosper.
(images from tsk tsk)
Fanja is a French lady living in England that loves to sew cute things, particularly soft toys. She recently told me about her newly updated website, so for those of you with a sweet spot for handmade girls named Babette and woodland creatures, le Train Fantome is a good shop for you. Also makes for a darling gift!
(images from fanja ralison)
I can hardly contain my excitement, so I have to share with you my new dolly with rosy cheeks made by Fiona from Hop Skip Jump in Australia. Would you like to meet Juliet?
Fiona is a super talented lady and when she sends an email stating that her dolls or monkeys will be in her etsy shop, you know you better set your clock because if you snooze, you lose! Her dolls sell out the instant she posts them on etsy and I always miss them despite how hard I try to log in at the exact time. Happy to say, I finally have a new doll from Hop Skip Jump and I can’t believe it.
My love for handmade dolls goes way back, as my aunt always made dolls and bears for me and I still remember the excitement when a box arrived from auntie Patty in the mail. One day when I have children of my own, I want to sew dolls for them just like this one.
(image from hop skip jump)
It seems October is all about new beginnings since there’s a slew of newly launched websites being rolled out as I type. I’m so proud of everyone for their accomplishments (you know who you are!). One site that looks absolutely amazing is also one of my favorite online stores, Velocity Art + Design. Check it out below, it doesn’t even look like the same website. Sexy!
I have to congratulate Ali and the rest of the Velocity crew, it’s quite an impressive change, great job! The best part, outside of the sleek presentation, it’s so much easier to navigate than before. For instance, I didn’t even know they carried Hella Jongerius until today when I spotted their new drop down list.
For Seattle locals: Did you know that Velocity will extend themselves from the web to the street, with a brand new retail store in Seattle to open on Friday, October 5th?It’s true. And I think that’s so cool, they’ve been so successful with their online business that this was the next natural step for them. So if you live in Seattle, here’s another great store to add to your shopping list. They’re located at 251 Yale Ave N.
Hooray for Velocity!
Katrin was born and raised in the former German Democratic Republic, still living there in beautiful Dresden, Germany where she loves to paint and take photos. Inspired by music and the “most impressive pictures I keep in my mind until I wake up”, Katrin translates what it’s her mind onto paper, selling them as prints in her etsy store called SeaSprayBlue. Best part, I don’t think this girl has been blogged before, so if you’re a blogger, you have to spread the word. She’s awesome.
I just love her work, it’s really modern and playful, each picture with a little story to tell. Aren’t these the best? If I had a little retail store (don’t we all dream of owning a darling little shop in a great neighborhood), I would carry her work, all of it — and if I had enough walls, I’d own it all too!
Katrin, we love your work! And for those of you here in Europe, you can visit her Dawanda shop, too.
(images from seasprayblue)
Another Flickr find is
She paints whimsical characters and then takes them to another level as greeting cards, recipe cards, even as three dimensional softie characters. I love this idea, taking a familiar character from your artwork and transforming it into a toy. I’m sure that her daughter just adores these things and thinks she is the coolest mom on the planet.
If you’d like to learn more about this artist, visit her blog, see her home on Flickr, or buy her adorable things in her etsy store under the name Artichoke Hearts.
(images from artichoke hearts)