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  1. Revealed: The Etsy Design Awards Finalists

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: Woven small banner by Fizzy Lime Creative via WeeBirdy.com.

    Woven small banner, AU$38, by Fizzy Lime Creative on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Fizzy Lime Creative.

    It’s official. Australia has talent. No, I’m not talking about that staid old show with Simon Cowell (is he still on it? was he ever on it?), I’m talking about the 58 stellar finalists for the inaugural Etsy Design Awards. And now it’s your turn to vote for your favourite Australian Etsy seller (and get the chance to win a $250 Etsy gift card).

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: ndigo blue mountain stoneware side plate by Mountain Clay via WeeBirdy.com.

    Indigo blue mountain handpainted stoneware side plate, AU$20, by Mountain Clay on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Mountain Clay.

    The finalists span five categories, including New Talent, Business As Usual, Art & Illustration, Home & Lifestyle and Fashion & Accessories, and you can see the entire line-up over on the Etsy Design Awards Finalists voting page.

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: houlder bag by Econic Currumbin via WeeBirdy.com.

    Shoulder bag made from recycled leather and hemp/organic cotton fabric, AU$289, by Econic Currumbin. Photography courtesy of Econic Currumbin.

    I’m delighted to see that the competition has succeeded in encouraging a whole new raft of Australian designers to sign up and join Team Australia on Etsy. There were actually a number of designers I’ve had my eye on who weren’t on Etsy before, but have since signed up for inclusion in the Awards. Nice work, Etsy Australia.

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: Custom portrait paper doll by Little Paper Clouds via WeeBirdy.com.

    Custom portait paper doll, AU$42.50, by Little Paper Clouds on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Little Paper Clouds.

    In the meantime, I’ve chosen one favourite piece from each of the 58 finalists, which you can view – and shop – over on my Etsy Tastemaker page. I’m also featuring some of my favourite pieces in this post.

    I don’t envy the task ahead of the three judges, including Creative Business mentor Claire Bowditch, interior stylist and author Jason Grant, and Editor-in-Chief of Inside Out magazine Claire Bradley.

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: Hanging succulent planter by Susan Simonini via WeeBirdy.com.

    Hanging succulent planter, AU$42, by Susan Simonini on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Susan Simonini.

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: Air Plant Bubble Planter in Llama Fibre by Fox Hill Llamas via WeeBirdy.com.

    Air plant bubble planter in llama fibre, AU$54, by Fox Hill Llamas on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Fox Hill Llamas.

    The prizes are seriously impressive, and help support the winners’ creative businesses, with the ultimate prize, the Community Choice Award, including a trip to Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York; inclusion in the December issue of Inside Out magazine and Etsy’s official blog; as well as a dedicated post on the Etsy Instagram page, which boasts over 202,000 design enthusiast followers.

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: Vintage cut-glass style resin bud vase in pale pink by Pirdy  via WeeBirdy.com.

    Vintage cut-glass style resin bud vase in pale pink, AU$35 by Pirdy on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Pirdy.

    Commenting on the breadth of talent in the Etsy Design Awards entries, Helen Souness, Managing Director of Etsy Australia says, “We’ve been blown away by the outstanding calibre of the entrants in the Etsy Design Awards. It’s a thrill to know that such a high quality range of creative businesses choose the Etsy marketplace for their online home.”

    “From handmade designer furniture, beautiful abstract art through to skateboards made from reclaimed timber, the judges, along with the rest of Australia, have their work cut out for them in deciding the winner,” adds Souness.

    Etsy Design Award Finalist Highlights: Santa Monica round cushion by Bubbles at the head via WeeBirdy.com.

    Santa Monica screenprinted round cushion, AU$92, by Bubbles at the Head on Etsy. Photography courtesy of Bubbles at the Head.

    To view the finalists and vote for the Community Choice Award (grand prize), head over to the Etsy Design Awards and vote before 5pm, 25 October, 2014.

    Full disclosure: I’m an Etsy Tastemaker (woo-hoo!) and I hand-picked these pieces  for my Etsy Tastemaker page. If you buy something from Wee Birdy’s Tastemaker’s page, I will receive a small commission fee (which would be jolly helpful since Wee Birdy is my full-time job). Please note that I only blog about things I genuinely really like, and think you should also know about. Editorial inclusion on Wee Birdy is based purely on merit and its ability to make me smile (exploding confetti jets optional).
    • Margie Rahmann

      Yay! Love these entrants’ work – they’re all amazing… Such a high calibre of work!

      • weebirdy

        Congrats Miss Margie on making the finals! It’s such a good line-up of talent. I really enjoyed picking one product from each finalist for my Etsy page. They look amazing together and a nice snapshot of Aussie design at its best. X

    • Yvette – Mountain Clay

      Thank you Wee Birdy for showing my tree and mountain indigo plate!! Yvette x

      • weebirdy

        You’re welcome, Yvette, I love your work. Congrats on making the finals!

    • Jenbug

      These designs are fantastic. Love Etsy.

    • Nichelle – Fox Hill Llamas

      Thank you for including my air plant bubble amongst your images! Such a lovely surprise Wee Birdy 🙂