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   top left ::  @suiteonestudio   //  top center ::  @littlemoscowandco   //  top right ::   @loopdesignstudio   //  middle left ::  @willowbrookedesign   //  middle center ::  @cinnew   //  middle right ::  @hanaleann   // bottom left ::  @audrealaurendesign   // bottom center ::  @bohemianharvestco   //  bottom right ::  @illuminatedperfume

 

top left :: @suiteonestudio  //  top center :: @littlemoscowandco  //  top right ::  @loopdesignstudio  //  middle left :: @willowbrookedesign  //  middle center :: @cinnew  //  middle right :: @hanaleann  // bottom left :: @audrealaurendesign  // bottom center :: @bohemianharvestco  //  bottom right :: @illuminatedperfume

The internet has really changed the way we meet people and interact with life - it has become such a powerful vehicle for forming social connections.  The four of us here at Elite16 were strangers to one another prior to forming friendships through our common bond of being handmade artists with shops on Etsy.  We see the power of social connections formed through the internet and we leverage this force through growing the handmade family web through our Instagram campaign #e16handmadelife!  We love seeing what other handmade artisans around the globe are engaged in and when you tag your images with #e16handmadelife, you are reaching out, making connections, and helping to spread the word of handmade.  

Join IN!  Share your style, your art and your handmade life with Elite16 by tagging your Instagram images with #e16handmadelife for a chance to be featured.  Together, we grow the handmade movement and spread the goodness inherent in a life connected to love, passion and art!     

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Inspired By, Holiday Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day :: Chocolate

   1.  Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles  by compassionate cake  2.  Passion Fruit Caramel  by xchocol art  3.  Artisanal Chocolate Truffles  by paperhouse studio TO  4.  Vegan Dark Chocolate with Cranberries  by ethicoco  5.  Assorted Chocolate Truffles  by lushleys  6.  Cookies and Cream Truffles  by jack valley truffles  7.  Coconut Chocolate  by talk about sweet  

 

1. Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles by compassionate cake  2. Passion Fruit Caramel by xchocol art  3. Artisanal Chocolate Truffles by paperhouse studio TO  4. Vegan Dark Chocolate with Cranberries by ethicoco  5. Assorted Chocolate Truffles by lushleys  6. Cookies and Cream Truffles by jack valley truffles  7. Coconut Chocolate by talk about sweet  

Choc-co-late = Chocolate!  What more is there to say, really?  Chocolate.  I love it.  It's my secret love affair.  I could eat a whole bar if I don't institute strict rationing guidelines in advance.  Last week, I received a beautifully wrapped Valentine's Day gift from the big city of Dallas - a sweet treat from the very urban chic Madame Amber of Red Tile Studio!  She sent a box FULL of locally made, artisan chocolate and nearly put me into a coma.  (just kidding, Amber - I didn't eat it all in one sitting!!)  Handmade chocolate is simply put - AH~may~zing.  The chocolate shop Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Dallas doesn't sell on Etsy, but there are so many talented chocolate makers who make the most decadent sounding creations.  If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift that is sure to please, take my advice and go for the chocolate!  Who's with me on this one?       

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Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers :: Choisette

the  ingrid scarf  designed and made by Leslie

the ingrid scarf designed and made by Leslie

Maker :: Leslie

Shop :: Choisette- chic beachy clothing, accessories and home goods

Drake Bay in Costa Rica- a place of inspiration for Leslie

Drake Bay in Costa Rica- a place of inspiration for Leslie

When and why did you open an online shop on Etsy?

I started Choisette in 2010 essentially because finding well-made designs in the shops that fit my relaxed California lifestyle was a real challenge. I sensed there could be a niche market for what I envisioned. Fortunately, my hunch proved true.

"Little Grandma"  Thelma and Grandpa Bill

"Little Grandma"  Thelma and Grandpa Bill

What got you started in your craft?

I have two younger sisters, and our stylish mom made almost all of our clothes on her trusty Husquvarna, the sewing machine I now use. She encouraged us to pick out the patterns and prints we liked, and also gave us artistic license to modify any part of the design. It wasn't high fashion, but we still felt like mini catwalk models. I learned to sew at age seven. My "Little Grandma" Thelma ( she was only 4'9"!), a true fashionista, always had extra fabric to experiment with at her tiny house, and she'd let me go nuts. My technique was a little different back then since it involved tracing around my body with a Magic Marker to make a pattern out of the comic section of the Sunday newspaper. Yeah, I was a hot grammar school mess. 

the ingrid - a washed linen scarf

the ingrid- a washed linen scarf

the quepos  necklace  

the quepos necklace 

Who or what influences your style the most?

My influences are all over the place. I am infatuated with free-spirited, old school style icons such as Lauren Hutton, Patti Hansen, Charlotte Rampling, Julie Christie, Chrissi Hynde, Ali McGraw, Peggy Lipton and Jane Birkin. I'm all about the unconventional audacious girls like Jenna Lyons, Jemima Kirke, Uli Hezner ( Project Runway Season 3), and Sarah Jessica Parker. Then there are the designers and design houses: Diana Von Furstenberg, Prada, Thea Porter, Chloé, Stella MCartney, Dior and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few. In high school I worshipped at the altar of the supreme nutty cuckoo Betsey Johnson, aka the Cartwheel Queen. She was once married to musician John Cale. How cool is that?

hermosa - tufted + washed linen cushions

hermosa- tufted + washed linen cushions

What inspires you and how do you get into your creative space?

I don't really have a "process", per se. Although I can't even think straight until I've had coffee and a croissant in the morning, so technically that's Step One. As far as a creative inspiration goes, I spend so much time on Pinterest and Instagram that I probably need an intervention. Plus, I can stare at design books like " The Selby is in Your Place, "Facehunter", or " The Staroialist" for hours. Literally hours, people. It's a miracle anything gets done. Collecting vintage beach snapshots is another favorite complete time-waster of mine. Often I'll find inspiration in some great subversive movie from the 60's or 70's. For example, in Shampoo, Goldie Hawn wears a fabulous embroidered Mexican blouse in a scene with Warren Beatty. Something a girl could wear today and totally rock. At other times, I draw inspiration from the places I travel to, especially cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam and Tokyo where the street style is out of this world. I'm also lucky enough to live near the beach in So Cal so I'm immersed in the fantastic surf culture that goes along with it. Last but not least, I never ever miss an episode of Project Runway ( Go Team Kini!) 

the sloane - washed linen beach towel

the sloane- washed linen beach towel

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy?

In additions to all of the sublime Elite16 shops, some of my Etsy fave's include:

dawn and ross

l'esperluette

daniel espeset

amelie mancini

shaving kit suppplies

debbie carlos

scout and catalogue

jewish boxers

merakie

found co shop

Anything else?

When it comes to style, I think Lena Dunham nailed it when she wrote : "Confidence lets you pull anything off, even Tevas with socks".

hidden beach- Davenport, California

hidden beach- Davenport, California

A huge thanks to Leslie for sharing the story of her shop!

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour :: MI+ ED Design

Mirta in her  Milan studio .

Mirta in her Milan studio.

SHOP:: MI + ED Design

OWNER:: Mirta

LOCATION:: Milan, Italy

a corner of Mirta's Milan studio with sketches and ideas on the wall

a corner of Mirta's Milan studio with sketches and ideas on the wall

Where is your studio located?

I'm very lucky about the location of my studio. It's in a very beautiful and ancient part of Milan city, with gardens, old churches and winding cobblestones streets. It's a 30 minutes walk from my home which is perfect for me so I keep active. I either walk or use the bicycle.

another view of the studio and Mirta's workspace

another view of the studio and Mirta's workspace

How did you get started in your craft?

I've started printing different things after I left my stylist job. I always found printing techniques fascinating, I needed to reinvent myself and I enroll in lots of applied art courses. I started taking part in some handmade fairs and I saw that people liked what I made so I kept learning different techniques and expanded my range of products to include textiles. I'm inspired by small things in nature like leaves and patterns, but also by my cultural heritage.

a work in process with the tools of the trade

a work in process with the tools of the trade

What are the top 3 tools most important in your craft?

I would say one particular carving tool, a good black ink pen and tracing paper.

just a few snapshots from  instagram

just a few snapshots from instagram

What is a typical day like in the studio?

The morning is the part of the day when I work the hardest. I usually get up around 7, drink a cup of coffee and walk to the studio where I work on the projects at hand until lunch time. Some days I'm having lunch with my husband who shares the space with me with his English school. During the afternoon I prefer to do things like research for materials and packing orders, sketching and keep my social media, especially my blog. Music is always playing when I'm printing, usually folk music or the opera and a mug of coffee is aways present on my desk.

keep up with the latest studio updates from Mirta's  blog

keep up with the latest studio updates from Mirta's blog

What are the greatest rewards of creating something handmade?

Making things makes me incredibly happy. I lose track of time and space when I'm carving out a printing block or I'm printing something. To see the final product after the long process that takes me making it is the best thing ever. I love especially the fact that I'm using old techniques to make modern accessories. Rather than following trends too closely I try to develop designs. I believe handmade is an ongoing conversation between the maker and the buyer.

a sampling of handmade items ::  tote bag ,  nursery art,   clutch ,  scarf

a sampling of handmade items :: tote bag, nursery art, clutch, scarf

Get in touch with Mirta!

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We hope you enjoyed our latest studio tour! It's always a pleasure getting to share the story of artist's and their craft with our readers.  We also enjoy seeing the beautiful spaces + the story behind their brand.

Keep creating!

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Going Local

Going Local :: San Francisco, California

I recently got back from a trip to the West Coast. I've been to San Francisco a few times so for this trip I decided to stay just over the Golden Gate Bridge at Ft. Baker/Cavallo Point. What a great way to actually see the city. The views of the skyline from the north are gorgeous. I was so happy as I have a love of historic places and our lodging was a turn of the century house. Most of the hotel rooms are former officer's quarters as the whole resort is built into a NPS military site. Here's an overview of my trip and the locally made items you can find in the city by the bay.

Trip Overview-

Day 1 : Marin Headlands, Point Bonita Lighthouse, Sausalito, Heath Ceramics Warehouse

Day 2: San Francisco- via the Sausalito Ferry. Plus, The Real SF Tour- an 8 hour walking and mass transit tour that takes all over the city

Day 3: Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Pt. Reyes Station

Day 4: Design District to check out furniture stores, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park and Cliff House

Going Local :: San Francisco

I have highlighted items from artists based in San Francisco. Each item was chosen specifically to represent an area or place within the city or bay area. 

1. Ferry Building : foodie hotspot + artisan wares ::: white linen apron via Studio Patro

2. Alamo Square : iconic image of victorian homes with the skyline in the background ::: letterpress print via in haus press

3. Ft. Baker : turn of the century architecture makes you feel like you stepped back into 1901 ::: industrial metal cage light via Ind Lights

4. Mission District : inspired by the vibrant murals of Clarion alley ::: native quilt pillow via shapes & colors textiles

5. Golden Gate Park : larger than Central Park in NYC + bison and windmills ::: grassy knoll soap via soap

6. Haight-Ashbury : makes me think of flower power and the late 1960's ::: bright pink scarf via c. banning accessories

7. The Bay : what makes San Francisco ::: skyline on walnut via DMWR

8. Design District/Potrero Hill : a warehouse area with lots of furniture stores ::: walnut media console via jeremiah collection

9. Silicon Valley : apple, google, etc ::: iPhone 6 cherry wood stand via your nest inspired

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Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers :: Cinne Worthington

Cinne in her studio. She sells here silk scarves and necklaces in her shop  CInne Worthington .

Cinne in her studio. She sells here silk scarves and necklaces in her shop CInne Worthington.

Hi and welcome to my world! This is me, Cinne, the creator of C.Banning Accessories. I am a multi-disciplinary designer living on the industrial waterfront of a vibrant neighborhood in San Francisco, called Dogpatch, where I split time between my graphic design business and Etsy shop, CinneWorthington.

Cinne in Berlin.

Cinne in Berlin.

When and why did you open an online shop on Etsy?
In the Fall of 2012 after a local success, I made the leap to open my collection to the world. Being a part of this marketplace and participating in the Etsy community has been so much fun. It’s exciting knowing that women are wearing my accessories across the globe.
 

Cinne's desk + workspace.

Cinne's desk + workspace.

drawers filled with inspiration

drawers filled with inspiration

What got you started in your craft?
Creativity is the norm in my family. Doing anything that does not involve using artistic ability is just not an option. Having dreamed of working for Marimekko, I majored in textile design. Later during my studies, I fell in love with typography and conceptual design. This eventually lead me to a career in graphic design, a field that allows me to collaborate with entrepreneurs and explore a variety of disciplines.

Some of Cinne's art work, excluding the fish which was done by one of the amazing artists from a super special local artist community,  Creative Growth .

Some of Cinne's art work, excluding the fish which was done by one of the amazing artists from a super special local artist community, Creative Growth.

What inspires you, how do you get into your creative space?
Color fuels all! My work space has always been a more-is-more environment! It is a life-size Pinterest board buzzing with color, graphics, and art. It’s my central source of inspiration. I keep it very organized in order to accommodate the variety of concurrent projects.

One of Cinne's work tables which is usually full, while the other has a constant rotation of work-in-progress.

One of Cinne's work tables which is usually full, while the other has a constant rotation of work-in-progress.

Instagram-ing around the city with her husband and dog “Dries”

Instagram-ing around the city with her husband and dog “Dries”

Day to day stimulus comes from rummaging through fabric or collection drawers, as well as Pinterest-ing, Tumblr-ing, or flipping through interior design magazines. I also love cruising the city streets (by foot) and markets (flea and farmer’s) locally and abroad.

With the creatives in my family, there is an ongoing exchange of ideas. My favorite break from work is to visit my mother and share stories while we enjoy her beautiful garden.

necklaces designed by Cinne

necklaces designed by Cinne

Who or what influences your style the most?
Mostly artists and fashion designers. Some of my favorites: Henri Matisse, David Hockney, Luc Tuymans, Maira Kalman, Rex Ray, Paul Smith, Dries Van Noten, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marni, Miu Miu

Pendants, ready for assembly. Each has a printed linen tassel with custom illustrated patterns.

Pendants, ready for assembly. Each has a printed linen tassel with custom illustrated patterns.

Final stages of mixing and matching patterns for my oblong scarves. Including prints I picked up in Paris while visiting an Etsy made friend/sister scarf maker Laure of   LefildeLaure  .

Final stages of mixing and matching patterns for my oblong scarves. Including prints I picked up in Paris while visiting an Etsy made friend/sister scarf maker Laure of LefildeLaure.

Anything else you want to share about your process?
I would like to share my recently launched necklaces. Conceived from the desire to design a unique accessory that mixes patterns as I do with my scarves. I am so excited about the outcome and I loved the entire process of creating them.

Necklaces  made by Cinne.

Necklaces made by Cinne.

Scarves  designed by Cinne.

Scarves designed by Cinne.

A big thanks to Cinne for sharing her story and what inspires her!

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