I’ve spent a lot of time on Etsy over the years, and my list of favorite shops is a mile long. But the influx of mass-produced tchotchkes to the site lately has become a real downer. It used to be such a magical place, and now it feels tainted. I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed. So I thought I could put my “research” to use and share with you some of my favorite Etsy shops, starting with illustrators.
I’m enamored by the talented artists who create these beautiful, sometimes hilarious little works of art. I like to imagine these folks working – in my mind, they sit in their adorably decorated, cozy little home studios, lost in their own creative world, stopping only to congratulate themselves when they finish a new piece. I’m sure it’s not all fun and games all the time, but that’s how I like to envision them. So yeah, I just love looking at art prints, cards and other items in the illustrators’ shops. But let me get back on track. Here are my five favorite illustrators on Etsy.
1. Leah Duncan is an illustrator from Austin who in her profile says she “loves tacos, sunshine, and topo chico.” Now, I’ll have to Google that last item but I can tell you right now that I’m completely on board with someone who specifically singles out tacos and sunshine as two of her favorite items. And I love every single item in her shop. Just look at this buffalo print!
When I say buffalo are the new birds, that’s not some sort of weird sports reference – I’m talking home décor, not football. Buffalo are my new favorite animal, and I’m convinced they’re going to be the next big thing. Right now owls are everywhere, but that’s about to change. Even Pottery Barn is on board. Here’s another one of my favorites from Leah:
2. I’ve been watching The First Snow for a while now. I think her hand-lettering is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I love the song quotes she chooses and the beautiful wedding stationery she creates. Here are just a couple of my favorites:
3. Now let’s get down to the hilarious stuff. Warning: please don’t visit this illustrator’s shop if you don’t enjoy curse words. Emily McDowell Draws creates colorful, fun work that will make you laugh. I don’t think she’s just finding funny quotes and ideas from other people, either. I think she’s coming up with this stuff on her own!
4. Next up, we have Quill and Fox. I love the vintage, nostalgic feel of their work. And, they’re from Portland! And, right now they’re offering 25% off in their shop until November 19.
5. Last but certainly not least, 1Canoe2. These three ladies from Missouri create all kinds of wonderful goods – cards, prints, tea towels, fabric, notebooks, calendars, you name it. They’re not screwing around. I absolutely love this calendar with silhouettes and quotes from great American authors for each month.
I hope some of these shops will give you ideas for Christmas gifts or cards. Next time I’ll share my favorite Etsy textile/pillow shops. In the meantime, what are some of your favorite Etsy stores?