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Studio Tour :: Mima Store

 Mateja in her home studio based in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mateja in her home studio based in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Studio of : Mateja Lukezic

Shop: Mima Store


 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 Mateja's husband and dog Ben

Mateja's husband and dog Ben

 Mateja and Ben

Mateja and Ben

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Where is your studio located? 

I'm lucky that I have studio where I live, which sometimes is more challenging, especially when there are school holidays and my kids are at home. My home and studio is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is a beautiful old European city full of creative people and artists. In the summer time there is always something happening like festivals, street theater, concerts, art fair's and creative workshops.

 Ben on his walk route

Ben on his walk route

 Nature inspiration

Nature inspiration

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

I was a graphic designer for years in one of the biggest trading company. Work in that company was to limited for me, not enough creative work. It was not an easy decision, but I decided to quit my job and go to college again. It was scary at first, especially because the children were still small, but I needed to follow my dream. I graduated with a degree in  scenography and 3D animation.

I have been drawing since I can remember and illustration was always close to me. One day I needed to make illustrations for puppets, for the show in a theater. From that I found my passion from childhood again. I created my brand Mima, which comes from my nickname. My inspiration for my illustrations is everything that surrounds me, my family,  my dog Ben, nature, books and people.

I still do graphic design and I have creative workshops for kids, but illustration is my first love.

 Mateja's computer and desk

Mateja's computer and desk

 work in progress

work in progress

 work in progress

work in progress

 a watercolor in progress

a watercolor in progress

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

I can't imagine what it would be like without my sketchbook, watercolours and computer.

 Ben rules the studio

Ben rules the studio

 A view from the studio

A view from the studio

 another work in progress

another work in progress

 workspace

workspace

 workspace

workspace

What's a typical day in the studio like? 

I start a day with a fresh squeezed lemon juice and a cup of coffee. Then I go for a walk with my dog Ben. I take my camera with me and capture life around me and Ben, which is often my inspiration for my work. This ritual is always the same no matter what, but after that it depends of a day. If I don't have any meetings in the city I start creating new illustration, sketching or working on a project, preparing photo material for Social media and so on. Mornings are always part of the day when I'm trying to do the majority of my work, before the kids come home from school.  The evenings are mine again. I work late at night, when everyone around me is sleeping. It's quiet and a night owl like me is the most creative at that time. While working I love to listen folk or classical music.

 tote bag

tote bag

 cat brooch

cat brooch

 card

card

 adorable animal brooches

adorable animal brooches

What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?

I feel satisfied while I'm working , the fact that my work is something I love, it's part of my life and I can't imagine being without it. The feeling to have a happy customer is the best reward I could get. I'm thankful for everyone who has supported me. Because of them I can live my dream.

A big thanks to Mateja for sharing her studio and her work with us!

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Meet the Makers :: Gardenmis

 sachet's handmade and beautifully wrapped by Priscilla of Gardenmis

sachet's handmade and beautifully wrapped by Priscilla of Gardenmis

Maker :: Priscilla

Shop :: Gardenmis

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

I opened my shop in March 2009 as a way to make a little extra money from home selling the handmade items my eldest daughter and I was making. 

 hanging lavender  sachet

hanging lavender sachet

 herbal sleep  pillow

herbal sleep pillow

 lavender sleep  sachets

lavender sleep sachets

 organic potpourri  sachets

organic potpourri sachets

What got you started in your craft?

I simply started following in the footsteps of my creative mother who has lived a life of creativity before me (cooking, sewing, quilting, painting, woodworking, refinishing antiques) and who can literally grow anything. 

 a field of lavender in bloom

a field of lavender in bloom

Who or what influences your style the most?

Nature is my muse and classic literature is a close second.

 a favorite spot where Priscilla goes to meditate, walk and watch the birds and clouds

a favorite spot where Priscilla goes to meditate, walk and watch the birds and clouds

What inspires you ( a place, music, etc) how do you get into your creative space?

Sometimes it's as simple as seeing a beautiful sunset,  a walk through the woods being inspired by the flora and fauna, other times, it's a walk through the local fabric store and finding just the right fabric. I love making sweetly scented bags and pillows that are calming and beautiful.

 just a few of Priscilla's favorite shops on Etsy

just a few of Priscilla's favorite shops on Etsy

Name at least 5 of your favorite etsy shops.

This is hard... There are so many beautiful shops in my favorites. As I must choose a few, they would be:

1. SweetPaperLove :: black paper garland 

2. Wild Wilderness Photos :: photograph of Lake Louis, Canada

3. Elegant Rose Boutique :: peppermint + eucalyptus soap

4. Eye Poetry Photography :: crooked houses photograph

5. Miles of Light :: rocks and twigs no. 4 photograph

6. Burnish :: silver monogram necklace

 

  The reason I began my  shop , to stay at home and be actively involved in the lives of these fine folks, my beloved children, Beth, Sam, and Tosha.

The reason I began my shop, to stay at home and be actively involved in the lives of these fine folks, my beloved children, Beth, Sam, and Tosha.

Anything else you may want to share about you and your process.

 I am a wife and mother first and foremost and also an introvert, I struggle with sharing my process and thoughts, but am so very thankful for all my wonderful family and customers that allow me to do what I love. I dream of someday having my own lavender farm and each sale helps me get just a little bit closer.

  I don't often get pictures but this is the most recent one I have, taken in Aug. 2014 with my lovely daughter Beth, owner of  SweetPaperLove . We were at Cracker Barrel celebrating her 18th birthday as a family.

I don't often get pictures but this is the most recent one I have, taken in Aug. 2014 with my lovely daughter Beth, owner of SweetPaperLove. We were at Cracker Barrel celebrating her 18th birthday as a family.

 

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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

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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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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.

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Meet the Makers || Created by Storm

 Sarah: nature lover, mad scientist and the artist behind  Created by Storm

Sarah: nature lover, mad scientist and the artist behind Created by Storm

Hello I am Sarah Storm, the artist behind Created by Storm. I create paintings, textiles and paper goods that are inspired by our natural world, drawing from my love of wildlife and nature. I live in the foothills of the spectacular Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. I like simple things like garden fresh ingredients, tea with honey, early morning walks. I am happiest when I am working with my hands.

 pitcher plant watercolor  painting  by Sarah

pitcher plant watercolor painting by Sarah

When and why did you open an online shop on Etsy?
I opened my shop in 2010 after I was involved in a car accident and was unable to work as a horticulturist. I took the opportunity to start painting, which had been a long time love of mine but one I did not have much time for. I could have never imagined how much joy opening my Etsy shop and getting back to my art would bring me. I am delighted to have an outlet that unifies my creative and scientific sides. Being able to share my work and connect with so many talented and supportive people from around has been incredible gift.

 garden melodies  print

garden melodies print

 A  painting  of a lady slipper in process.

A painting of a lady slipper in process.

 a sampling of nature just outside Sarah's door: ferns and mushrooms near Boulder, Colorado

a sampling of nature just outside Sarah's door: ferns and mushrooms near Boulder, Colorado

What got you started in your craft?
I have always enjoyed having a craft project and picked up painting at a young age. I love all types of paint but watercolor has stuck with me because it is one of the most versatile mediums to work with and has a mind of its own. It can be controlled and detailed, or loose and impressionistic. I start out with a plan for my paintings either in my head or in my sketchbook, but as soon as the water is added the painting evolves and the final product always surprises me, which my favorite part.

 nature in hand

nature in hand

 a trip to the botanical gardens and butterfly sanctuary near Sarah's home

a trip to the botanical gardens and butterfly sanctuary near Sarah's home

 snow covered Rocky Mountains

snow covered Rocky Mountains

Who or what influences your style the most?
My parents have influenced by style in many ways. Avid gardeners and naturalists, they taught me from a young age how to live off the land, which cultivated a deep respect and appreciation for nature and lead me lead me to pursue degrees in biology & ecology and a career as a horticulturist. 


I grew up around artwork by Albertus Seba, John James Audubon & Albrecht Dürer. These artists and my scientific background greatly influence my art. The use of white space in their paintings creates an elegant look that helped me to realize the importance of a clean design. I also really enjoy incorporating typography and calligraphy into my paintings like many antique scientific illustrations.

I am blessed to be able to walk out my door and be surrounded by wild and undeveloped lands. If I am looking for additional inspiration I visit our local Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Sanctuary. A type of Japanese gardening known as Kokedama, meaning “moss-covered ball”, inspires my latest paintings. There is such beauty in these string gardens I could not resist painting them.

 a sampling of items from some of Sarah's favorite artists and makers on Etsy.com

a sampling of items from some of Sarah's favorite artists and makers on Etsy.com

Sarah's Favorite Etsy Shops:

There are numerous of shops I admire but here are a few of my favorites
1. Stone and Violet 
2. mayumi yamashita ceramics 
3. The Arminho
4. Boxwood tree 
5.Marble and Milkweed
6. Day three creations
7. Erin Spencer
 

 nature and color inspiration sketch book

nature and color inspiration sketch book

 nature inspirations: butterfly  print

nature inspirations: butterfly print

 nature as inspiration   

nature as inspiration

 

My creative process always involves a pot of strong tea and photographs from my outings and little treasures I have gathered. I believe workspaces should be just as creative as your work. I surround myself with living things to creative an environment to bring good energy to my work. 

I have recently discovered an even deeper appreciation for our natural world by being able to view it though my son’s eyes for the first time. Nothing makes me happier then seeing his fascination with wildlife and bugs. Our backyard is part of the Pacific Flyway and we have such fun viewing the different kinds of birds that stop by while migrating this time of year. Our next adventure will be exploring the tide pools of Hawaii next year to see what magical critters we can find!

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