By Lauren Ferrone
From handmade vintage bags to amazingly detailed custom illustrations, we’re in awe of the talent produced by our local crafters, collectors and artisans.
To celebrate their creativity and craft, here’s a list of our favourite South Australian Etsy online stores showcasing their stunning local handmade wares and more at the Etsy Made Local market in Unley tomorrow (Saturday, November 19).
Inspired by vintage images and a love of fabrics, Maud’s Daughter is a range of locally-made bags and purses. The label was created by Adelaide Hills local, Tracy Holtze, who can often be found crafting her art at her sewing machine. From careful cutting and selective upcycling to the use of local independent designers and local sources where ever possible, Tracy’s work is all in the detail. The talented teacher/dressmaker/designer even brings her sewing machine to markets where she creates her beautiful range in public.
You could call Adelaide graphic designer and illustrator, Pam Wales, a ‘cat person’. Creating digital illustrations of kittens and cats based purely on a photograph, Pam’s inspiration behind starting her Kustom Kitty Illustrations Etsy store comes from her British Shorthair, Lotti. Pam’s amazing creativity and love for cats goes back to when she was just a kid in primary school after winning a point-and-shoot camera competition at the local shopping centre. Pam’s mum would process the films and, inevitably, the entire roll would be filled with photographs of… you guessed it – cats! She also creates Kustom Kitty leather hand-printed purses which fits that whopping iPhone just purrfect!
As a South Australian maker of cloth dolls for more than 15 years, Suzette Glastonbury Rugolo is known for bringing many story characters to life, like Alice in Wonderland and Humpty Dumpty. It’s no surprise her main reason for opening her Etsy store was due to her growing collection of cloth dolls! For Suzette, crafting cloth dolls means she can bring together many crafts, including embroidery, knitting, crochet, dressmaking, and even painting. Suzette’s amazingly detailed and realistic dolls have even featured in international magazines in Germany and America.
This Adelaide designer’s journey to create her Etsy online label began when she created wedding stationery for her own wedding! Khin Johnson, the creator and designer behind Paper Bound Love, creates all the stationery you can possibly need for your wedding or special event; from save the date cards, engagement invitations, wedding invitations, personalised invitations, menus, wedding guest books, wedding vow books, weddings signs, to thank you cards. It’s amazing to think Khin, who studied civil engineering at university in Adelaide, instead chose to sell Etsy full time!
Meet the maker behind this gorgeous Etsy store: Mark McCarthy. Mark’s has always loved the scents of the garden: the smell of cut grass, autumn leaves, the first rain on warm concrete, and the wondrous range of flowers and leaves. He fondly remembers his father building him his very own shade house and “farm” in their back garden. Here, he grew everything he could. Channeling his love for nature, Mark decided to make all-natural cold-process soap, perfumes and skincare, which led to his all-natural, vegan label Shanghai Lil & The Scarlet Fez.
Etsy is a global peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies.
Find these five amazing crafters and artisans – and many more – at Adelaide’s Etsy Made Local at Oxford Terrace in Unley tomorrow (Saturday, 19 November 2016), from 10am to 5pm. Etsy Made Local is a national initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Australia.
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