Etsy shop:Spin Spin. Who: Susan Fitzgerald, a Melbourne-based graphic designer who specialises in textiles. What: Screen-printed fabrics and homewares with a strong design sensibility. Think bold yet simple prints inspired by typography. The pared-back colour palette (often two-toned or contrasting colours) in eco-friendly, water-based ink makes a bold impact on the crisp European linen. Best buys: The two-tone green ‘Tree Towel’; Trees cushion cover and the ‘Akzidenz’ hand-screen printed fabric. How much: A screen-printed card is AU$4, while tea-towels are AU$22. Read more:Susan’s blog and Flickr.
Etsy shop:not Tuesday Who: Sydney-based Rachel Wightman, a former interiors magazine stylist who now “explores her crafty side”. What: Hand-made polymer clay bead necklaces in an array of bold and vivid colour combinations. Best buys:‘Not quite round’ handmade bead necklaces and the ‘Not quite cylinder’ necklaces. How much: Prices start at AU$45 for a necklace. Read more:Rachel’s website.
Etsy shop:Handmade by Kitiya Palaskas Who: Kitiya Palaskas, a craft-based designer from Sydney. What: Playful old-school cut-and-paste zines and colourful accessories. Best buys: Geometric mobiles, macrame plant hangers festooned with pom-poms and Partycraft Zine, which features mini projects and inspiration for the sweetest party decorations.
How much: Prices start at US$4.86 for the ‘Save Room for Cake’ colouring book. Read more:Kitiya’s blog and website.
I’m delighted to announce that the two winners of the Etsy Success Sydney competition are Claire Wright and Emma Lee. Congratulations – you’ve each won a double pass to Etsy Success Sydney valued at $200. I will be in contact with you by email.
p.s. the Sydney Opera House (above) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (below), are just two buildings that have been transformed by incredible light installations for Vivid Sydney 2012. If you’re in Sydney at the moment, head down to the Quay before lights out on June 11.
Exciting times in Sydney and London this week, birdies. While Jubilee preparations reach fever-pitch in London, Sydney’s most iconic buildings are currently ablaze with colour for Vivid, the annual festival of light, music and ideas.
Ranked in the Top Ten global ideas festivals by the Guardian, this year’s Vivid Sydney features an excellent line-up of speakers including Cory Doctorow, author and co-founder of Boing Boing; fashion designer Henry Holland; Jake Nickell, founder of Threadless and VICE founder and CEO Shane Smith. There will also be installations and concerts with the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Karen O.
I’m speaking on a panel at Etsy Success Sydney* on Saturday, which is part of the Vivid Ideas program. It’s not just for Etsy sellers – anyone with a creative business would benefit from the talks and workshops led by the likes of Frankie editor Jo Walker, PR professional and blogger PottyMouthMama and US Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson.
In celebration of Etsy Success Sydney, I’ll be showcasing my favourite Australian Etsy shops this week on Wee Birdy and shining a light on some of our most talented designer-makers.
First up is the creative duo Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles, who have collaborated to produce this rather crafty and clever children’s book, Owl Know How – which is also this week’s birdy pick. I’ve been a long-time fan of Cat Rabbit, whose incredibly imaginative range of felt animals (think hipster rabbits in Jarvis specks and hoodies) and brooches will be featured on Wee Birdy later this week.
In the book, published by Thames & Hudson, Cat Rabbit’s felt owls and rabbits come to life with a problem-solving narrative that weaves its way through a whimsical city made of cardboard. The crafty aesthetic is warm and inviting, and the book comes with a pattern and instructions for children to create their own felt owl. You can buy a hand-signed book from Owl Know How’s Etsy shop, with a bonus gocco-printed bookplate for AU$26.