Hello. It's a pleasure welcoming you. I'm Charlotte, the curator, artist, designer and storyteller of the vintage vogue. Here you'll find me on a journey - sketching, writing, painting, model-making, as I endeavor to create things. Things of beauty, simplicity, and craft.
When and why did you open an online shop on Etsy?
My Etsy shop opened in April of 2012 because I wanted to reconnect with the maker in me, but even more than that I also felt the need to be grounded at home and put my family first. I left the architecture firm I was working for to take on freelance design projects from home and soon after opened my shop. Opening my shop was part of a conscious decision to put the first things first and live simpler and at a slower pace.
What got your started in your craft?
I have the somewhat cliché story of always making things as a child. I remember at 8 years old traveling door to door with my best friend trying to sell our drawings. My mother taught me to crochet, I dabbled in sewing, taught myself to knit. I've never been one to keep my hands still.
Who or what influences your style the most?
I am incredibly influenced by form and structure. I enjoy playing with positive and negative space, organic and geometric. I am in love with the beauty of simplicity and as such I tend to favor the "less is more" aesthetic - visually as well as a way of life.
What inspires you and do you get into your creative space?
I am inspired when I hear other artists' stories. I know I'm not alone and I'm blessed to be living a dream. Even in the struggles, freedom to create with no strings attached is gift I hope to never take for granted.
What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy?
I have so many favorite Etsy shops! As I delve more into developing drawings and illustrations I find that I gravitate toward illustrators on Etsy who has a distinct voice. I also have an ardent love for woodworkers. Some of my favorite shops are:
Anything else you would like to share?
I will be transitioning into more illustrations soon and one reason I love being on Etsy is the freedom to explore. It's encouraging to be in a place surrounded by other team members and customers who encourage and nourish your burgeoning talents.
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