Sweetgum Handbags is Kim, a twenty-something grad student who works on her PhD in ecology by day, and runs her sewing machine at all hours of the night. She learned to sew from her talented mother Chris, and from the tried and true method of trial and error.
Favorite materials include denim, corduroy, canvas, woven suede, and repurposed upholstery samples. Custom orders are more than welcome. The business is based in the lovely town of Durham in the fabulous state of North Carolina, USA. All Sweetgum bags are designed to be functional, pleasant to look at, and to last you a very long time.
Glam, retro, and plus size. I love it!
Hissyfit: Mainstream fashion got you down? Tired of hunting for vintage in your size? Well, ladyfriend, you’ve just found the cure for your “it don’t fit” blues = Hissyfit readymade & custom-made clothes, skillfully designed with retro flair & freshly handmade out of one-of-a-kind vintage materials = bringing retro style, recycling, & real (plus) sizes together (4ever).
After some homework it seems to me that Emily Martin of The Black Apple is one of the first sellers to set up shop on Etsy – back at its beginning – just 5 short years ago!
While many of you have seen her work before, I am head over heels with her latest collection and also very excited to see her new book which will be released on Nov. 2nd of this year, so wanted to make sure both are on your radar.
Her newest paintings center around a country fair – with a twist. Lost on the Midway is a fun, whimsical collection with a touch of the unusual, just what so many of us have come to love about Emily’s work.
Lucky Portland locals had the opportunity in early June to see Emily’s new collection in person at Buy Olympia’s retail space and gallery, land. If you haven’t ever taken a peek at Buy Olympia’s online shop – you’ll want to stop by. Their curating is top notch – meaning an impressive collection of handmade goods ready for your perusal.
I’ve included one of my very favourite works below, the collection’s title piece – “Lost on the Midway”, it was inspired by an almost deserted carnival – possibly just before a storm is ready to strike. For those of you who’ve been in a city before a tornado or a big storm – you know how the sky turns an eery color of green and the clouds often seem in contrast with the warmth and humidity of the day.
Another one of my favorites – Bear Dance, is below, which Emily painted in tribute to one of her favourite painters, W. H. Beard.
When I stopped by Emily’s shop today to take a peek around I was especially thrilled that she is now offering a set of 15, 4×6 postcards from her Lost on the Midway collection for just $16 and I had to get them right away. I can’t wait to have these great works on display in my office!
Rock it ’til you drop it. Are you kidding me? I love this skirt! By The Devil Made Me Do It.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I love to make illustrations, paintings, and tiny stuff,like tiny books or tiny prints… I also wrote and illustrated a children book.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I finished my studies In Bezalel academy of art and design in 2008. I studied in Illustration Department, and finished it with excellence!! Yaaw!
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
I feel that our life runs so fast specially with the all new technology that came in 20 last years , so it feels to me that we miss something, we miss the happiness of simple stuff, of simple beauty , or just a shunning days, in my illustrations I am trying to remind the naives feeling of being a child, a simple happiness………. I really wish that all the people would a bit more happier!
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I am working by myself, absolutely alone but with a lot of Music!
My life is my work (my art),I need it and I love it!
Usually I am waking up in the morning, looking at the sun putting music on and starting with a painting or illustration…..
in the evenings I am making a dinner and waiting to my boyfriend…. sometimes I do make myself a holidays and going to my friends or just shopping!
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
right now i am included in Dona show Espai Cromàtic Gallery in Spain.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers?
http://www.etsy.com/shop/talitka I am in Love with her tiny creations!!!!!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/knittingdreams I love her teddy bears, and I have sitting close to me!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/natalyasots just love her creations
What inspires and motivates you?
I have no routine in my creation process. I love that it’s spontaneous and free. Sometimes I think about content, but sometimes I just pick up one of my pencils and start drawing. And sometimes I discover a new technique and I do something with my hands.
and sometimes I just making a painting of a photography.
What do you wish I had asked you?
“What i love to do apart of art?”
I do love to sleep and drink tea with cookies. Even when I sleep – I dream about drinking tea with cookies.
Those sound like great dreams :) Thanks for a fantastic interview, Jenny! And if you would like to be interviewed next, just head over to DIY Interview.