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Elite16 Etsy

Instagram :: Go Behind the Scenes with #studiolife

Being a part of the Etsy community means we're connected to an international network of shop owners.  It's been a great way to meet fellow artists and connect on a variety of subjects - both shop and life related.  The internet opens those doors and although we still haven't figured out how to host a teleportation party - we do find fun and social ways to connect!  Instagram gives us an awesome platform to stay in touch and share little snapshots of our creative process with each other and our followers.  We came up with the hashtag #studiolife to better track the daily heartbeat of life in the studio!  

Shopping on Etsy means directly supporting the creative artist behind the shop - whether it's handmade or vintage.  We're your direct link to those quality shops on Etsy so you can shop locally and globally right from home!  Learn more about these shop owners by following @elite16etsy on Instagram and checkout the hashtag #studiolife for additional peeks behind the scenes of some of your favorite shops on Etsy! 

 

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o bliss jewellery ::  @o_bliss :: queensland, australia

toodles noodles :: @tootsnoots :: cambridge, new zealand

karo art :: @karoartceramics :: dublin, ireland

creatiate :: @creatiate :: richmond, virginia

created by storm :: @sstormster :: boulder, colorado

 

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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.

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour :: Sarah K. Benning

Sarah K. Benning :: owner and maker

Sarah K. Benning :: owner and maker

Shop:: Sarah K. Benning

Owner :: Sarah K. Benning

Location :: Albany, New York 

Meet Sarah, owner + maker behind Sarah K. Benning. Her shop contains handmade cards and contemporary embroidery art.

Albany, New York

Albany, New York

Where is your studio located?

I live and work in Albany.  My studio occupies a tiny room in my tiny apartment and looks out on my quaint cobblestone street.  I've in Albany for just over a year after relocating from Chicago.  It's been a nice change of pace with lots of access to mountains and trees and good neighbors.  That's one of the great things about Etsy...as long as there is a post office I have the freedom to move anywhere.

Replication, Cotton Thread on Rives BFK, 13 x 22 inches, 2013

Replication, Cotton Thread on Rives BFK, 13 x 22 inches, 2013

Sallow, Cotton Thread on Bristol, 19 x 12 inches, 2012

Sallow, Cotton Thread on Bristol, 19 x 12 inches, 2012

How did you get started in your craft + what inspires you?

I supposed I have always been an artist.  I attended the Baltimore School for the Arts magnet hight school and then received my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago last May. Stitching cards and hoops started as a hobby. The light hearted stitching became a kind of productive escape from my more serious art practice, which deals with the passage of time as it relates to the human body, translating the growth and deteriorations of bodily systems into abstract compositions.  As my Etsy business has grown, the line between my studio art practice and commercial endeavors has blurred and each branch of my studio now informs the other.

I am inspired by the patterns found in nature. I recently started working as a florist during the day, so I feel a whole new body of work coming based on foliage patterns!

bone shoulder + awl with makeshift padding 

bone shoulder + awl with makeshift padding 

an array of thread in Sarah's studio

an array of thread in Sarah's studio

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

The most important tools in my studio would include my incredibly sharp awl (shown in one of my images with makeshift padding for my fingers), my bone folder (since I hand cut and fold all my cards), and my needle and thread.

Sarah's workspace.

Sarah's workspace.

a row of cacti in the studio

a row of cacti in the studio

examples of Sarah's embroidery hoops

examples of Sarah's embroidery hoops

the studio

the studio

What's a typical day like in the studio?

It's rare that I get a full day devoted to the studio.  Most of my work is completed in the morning before going to my day job and at night when I get home.  Then take into consideration post office runs and the necessities like food and sleep, managing my studio time, production, and customer obligations is a real balancing act.  

When I do have the luxury of a full day in the studio it usually starts off with a cup of coffee...or two...or three.  I like to get my computer work out of the way first thing -- emails, customer inquiries and requests, creating and reviewing treasuries, updating listings, etc.  Then the rest of the day can be devoted to sewing.  I have to admit I watch A LOT of Netflix and Hulu while I work. I mostly like reruns of The Office and nature documentaries, things I don't have to fully focus on.  Often I am sharing space with my musician boyfriend, so between all the guitars and piles of hoops and fabric our studio is often overflowing into the rest of our living space.  It's definitely rare for me to be at home without some work in my hands.

in the studio hand stitching a LOVE card

in the studio hand stitching a LOVE card

stages of design

stages of design

What are the greatest rewards of creating something handmade?

Honestly, I can't imagine doing anything else.  I was very fortunate to grow up with very supportive parents. My aspirations to be an artist were fostered from a very young age, and now as an adult I feel very fortunate to be able to work and be almost self supporting as an artist.  I am featured in the July/August issue of Country Living and it was a pretty magnificent feeling to see my work and name printed in a magazine sold at the grocery store.  I love the idea of a greeting card in today's computer-based culture. They are tangible connections between people and I love providing an extra special one of a kind option!  I am extra excited to be a vendor at Brooklyn's Renegade Craft Fair. I am really looking forward to meeting my customers face to face!

current designs available:  You're a gem  (hand drawn card),  It's good to be home  ( embroidery hoop),  spring hills  ( embroidery hoop) , hand stitched  card 

current designs available: You're a gem (hand drawn card), It's good to be home ( embroidery hoop), spring hills ( embroidery hoop) , hand stitched card 

Stay in touch with Sarah::

Upcoming Market -- Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn -- September 13-14

50 Kent Ave

West St, New York ( Brooklyn)

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Studio Tour

Studio Tour :: Francesca Lancisi

Francesca on her terrace in Florence, Italy.

Francesca on her terrace in Florence, Italy.

Shop:: Francesca Lancisi

Owner:: Francesca Lancisi

Location:: Florence, Italy

Meet Francesca, owner + artist behind Francesca Lancisi. Her art shop contains beautiful original watercolors and prints. Many pieces are inspired by nature and a love of color.

Florence, Italy :: home to Francesca's studio.

Florence, Italy :: home to Francesca's studio.

views of Florence from the Giardino Bardini

views of Florence from the Giardino Bardini

Where is your studio located?

My studio is located on a sunny terrace, in the centre of one of the most beautiful cities of Italy and the main one in Tuscany, Florence. I know there is no need to tell you how magically full of art and beauty Florence is, and how lucky I am to live in such a precious place. People from all around the world come to Florence to admire its cultural heritage or to enjoy a break in one of Italy's most beautiful countrysides. Whenever my daily routine gets tough, especially after working hard, I treat myself to a simple stroll in the city centre, visit an exhibition or one of the many extraordinary museums, have a coffee with a friend, and immediately feel better. An exceptional place that I especially love is the Giardino Bardini, where you can admire the city from above while sitting at the cafè or work in the park. I love walking to calm and silent locations where I can get relaxed and inspired, and bring some work with me.

working on the terrace

working on the terrace

stamping the back of a piece of art

stamping the back of a piece of art

The Ocean Collection 2014 

The Ocean Collection 2014 

How did you get started in your craft + what inspires you?

I studied Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Florence and specialized in teaching Italian to foreigners, which which I have thoroughly enjoyed. But shortly before the birth of my child, I decided to devote all my time and energy to my new family and to painting, my lifelong passion, and turn it into a profession rather than a simple hobby. I've been trained in watercolor painting by Daniel De Angeli, a very talented artist. I'm inspired by nature and life, people and emotions, colors and philosophy.

cutting paper

cutting paper

brush, paper and paint

brush, paper and paint

What are the top 3 tools that are most important to your craft?

High quality paper, brushes and colors really make a difference. I only use 100% cotton paper, sometimes handmade, and buy pigments that have a high resistance to time, lightfastness and durability. In this way not only am I sure to achieve a much better result, but I also know I'm creating something that will last for a very long time.

Francesca's terrace and outdoor studio

Francesca's terrace and outdoor studio

a sunny day at the studio

a sunny day at the studio

a sampling of plants on the terrace

a sampling of plants on the terrace

What's a typical day like in the studio?

Actually, there is no typical day in the studio! Each day is different according to what my goals are: taking photos, making parcels for my clients, cutting and preparing paper, working for an exhibition or accomplishing custom orders. I love being that active, but I also appreciate those rare days without anything special to do, when I can simply relax, listen to my favorite radio station, audiobooks or music and experiment on new forms and colors. I often have a break taking care of my plants, watering, transplanting, preparing cuttings to give as presents to friends. 

Also, I sometimes work together with my son, he creates beautiful artworks, very free and personal, in the way only children can. We enjoy staying in the studio together, talking about what happened during the day or singing, but he also loves taking pictures as an undercover superhero.

artwork by  Francesca Lancisi
watercolor by  Francesca Lancisi

watercolor by Francesca Lancisi

artwork and a stack of frames

artwork and a stack of frames

What are the greatest rewards of creating something handmade?

The first reward is a deep sense of meaning, a very special, satisfactory emotion that I'm sure everybody feels anytime they prepare even the simplest thing with their heart for a special purpose, like a meal for the ones they love or a gift for a friend. 

Moreover, I love the empowering boost of energy when people meet my work and find something of themselves in it, or catch a glimpse of something that's important for them through my paintings. They are usually struck by a certain sense of tranquillity, the details and colors. 

But what I love most of creating things with my hands is the time I can take with myself, a time dedicated to calm and meditation, which I need in order to keep my mind and my heart free and clean. 

What comes out of long and slow handmade processes might seem to be just a drop in the ocean, if compared to what can be created commercially, but surely has a great value and an uniqueness that makes it special. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity and the courage to live out of this passion, it makes me feel incredibly happy and content.

Francesca at the Giardino Bardini

Francesca at the Giardino Bardini

Some of Francesca's favorite places in Tuscany and Puglia

Some of Francesca's favorite places in Tuscany and Puglia

San Giovanni Fireworks June 24th

San Giovanni Fireworks June 24th

A big thanks to Francesca for sharing her studio and inspirations with us!

Also, Francesca would like to thank Maurizio Picci for the beautiful photographs.

Get in touch with Francesca::

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a sampling of original artwork from Francesca's shop :  cellulle ,  mappe ,  botanica ,  pebbles

a sampling of original artwork from Francesca's shop : cellulle, mappe, botanica, pebbles

Francesca at home.

Francesca at home.

Join us next month for another studio tour and hopefully you enjoyed this magical space that Francesca

has shared with us!

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Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers :: The Vintage Vogue

a natural wood  tray  with hand drawn design by Charlotte

a natural wood tray with hand drawn design by Charlotte

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.

painting an iris

painting an iris

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.

sketches and the creative process of an artist

sketches and the creative process of an artist

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.

searching for the perfect color palette

searching for the perfect color palette

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.

new designs in process

new designs in process

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.

a sampling of items from The Vintage Vogue :: brass  light , wood gold leaf  tray , line  coasters , paper  sculptures

a sampling of items from The Vintage Vogue :: brass light, wood gold leaf tray, line coasters, paper sculptures

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:

watercolor tray in soft jade :: Up in the Air Somewhere

fiber art with brass :: Sonadora in Love

wooden hair tie for ponytails and buns :: Butternut Brooklyn

elephant necklace :: La Malconttenta

brass and wooden bead double hoop art :: Sonadora in Love

tropical watermelon plate :: La Malconttenta

gray and yellow dip cup :: Up in the Air Somewhere

walnut cutting board :: Butternut Brooklyn

gold leaf and hand drawn trays

gold leaf and hand drawn trays

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.

Keep in Touch with the Vintage Vogue:

Instagram :: @thevintagevogue

Website :: www.thevintagevogue.com

Pinterest :: http://pinterest.com/thevintagevogue/

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