As we get ready for an action packed 2015, (kicking off with #EtsyResolution led by the inspiring creative business duo Clare Bowditch and Jess Van Den), it is great to look back on the year that was for our local Etsy community. Join us as we showcase the wonderful ways Etsy sellers and buyers connected in 2014.
We teamed up with our friends at the CAE for The Pom Pom Project as part of White Night Melbourne; a light, sound and art extravaganza that took place on February 22nd. Visitors took part in an all night craft project making white poms poms that were combined to create one giant pom pom. Sounds like fun right? Check out #pompomproject on Instagram to see some photos from the night.
On Friday 6 June Etsians across Australia attended over 40 community run Craft Parties to celebrate Etsy global day of meeting, making and good times.
Our community took to this year’s theme – Recapture: giving new meaning to old photographs – with gusto. Each party had their own unique interpretation of the theme, breathing new life into images through stitching, painting, washi taping, and a shake of glitter.
In June, 17 talented sellers showcased their wares at West Elm stores in Sydney and Melbourne – providing the perfect opportunity for members of the Etsy Community to meet in person. Did you pop in and have a browse?
August saw the launch of the Etsy Design Awards. Did you know that this was the first for Etsy – launching right here in Australia! Hundreds of incredibly talented Australian makers and curators submitted their applications, making choosing our shortlist of 58 finalists incredibly hard.
After an exciting vote Fairina Cheng was voted our Community’s Choice winner and will be jetting to visit Etsy HQ shortly. Find out more about all our winners here.
In display of community power, Etsy Teams in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney swung into action and launched a series of amazing community run pop up marketplaces. Apart from lots of media coverage for the sellers involved, the pop ups reported thousands of visitors across the events.
Check out photos from the events on our facebook page.
Rounding out the year with a bang, Unwrap Etsy at David Jones was a four day marketplace in the incredible ballroom On Seven at David Jones on Elizabeth Street in Sydney. A selection of sellers showcased their incredible products to the thousands of visitors who attended the marketplace. Not only could visitors purchase unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts but they could also take part in workshops, watch maker demonstrations and pretty up their presents at our unwrapping station.
From all us of at Etsy we thank you for making the Australian Etsy community so special. We look forward to helping more buyers find more unique, local goods in 2015 and showcasing the wonderful Australian seller community even more widely.