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Handmade Confessional: Jenine Bressner


We met Jenine Bressner aka Jenine at Felt Club in LA. Jenine believes that making handmade items contributes to a more sustainable way of living.

Since the Handmade Consortium launched the Buy Handmade Pledge ( last year, over 35,000 people have signed. Some say “handmade is the new black” — but it’s not a trend. This is about real people making changes in their everyday lives and figuring out how to make those changes lasting and sustainable. It’s about being able to quit your day job and shop local. It’s about personal history and the inspiration behind making something of your own vision.

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  • madeofjacinta

    madeofjacinta says:

    Genial! :)

    6 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    Very cool! I love buying handmade!

    6 years ago

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry says:

    Jenine!!!!! Ack!!!! Yay!!!! No words!!! :D

    6 years ago

  • jeannesu

    jeannesu says:

    Yes - Handmade IS the new black!!

    6 years ago

  • tanyap

    tanyap says:

    yay!!! I love black and handmade!!! what a deal :)

    6 years ago

  • christinececelia
  • MagicalPonyFarm

    MagicalPonyFarm says:

    Yay! My heart is up there! Handmade is the new Black!!!!

    6 years ago

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese says:

    Such cute little vintage valentines!

    6 years ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands says:

    I am always so proud when I give my Etsy handmade gifts, if I don't decide to keep it for myself! Great article, thanks for including Cupid!

    6 years ago

  • Stevilynn

    Stevilynn says:

    yes it very much is! life is better when you make it yourself!!

    6 years ago

  • feyzadem

    feyzadem says:

    I think with the hearts everybody is happy ... Thanks /°°°

    6 years ago

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake says:

    Cute cards!

    6 years ago

  • LoriCitsay

    LoriCitsay says:

    Everyone I know appreciates what goes into handmade items---they are soooo much better for soooo many reasons!

    6 years ago

  • NightmareAnthology

    NightmareAnthology says:

    Handmade is most definitely the new black! Great article - I hope this trend is here to stay!

    6 years ago

  • vohandmade

    vohandmade says:

    Making things is the ultimate way to take accountability of what we put into the world. There's something special in knowing that someone made this, fairly, with their own hands.

    6 years ago

  • SunflowerCreations

    SunflowerCreations says:

    Love it! Yes, handmade is the way to go.

    6 years ago

  • noodleandlou

    noodleandlou says:

    wonderful article!!

    6 years ago

  • tangerined

    tangerined says:

    Hahaha! Go Jenine! Lovely to see your face on the front of etsy. <3

    6 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    nice items

    6 years ago

  • vivera

    vivera says:

    Her necklace/coat are so freaking awesome. I'd like to get one, but it's homemade ofcourse <3

    6 years ago

  • alyanna

    alyanna says:

    Buying handmade has always been part of my life! What goregous pieces from Jenine and her picks are awesome!!!

    6 years ago

  • christianedesbiens

    christianedesbiens says:

    great, love it

    6 years ago

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget says:

    I love handmade!!!

    6 years ago

  • Warmth

    Warmth says:

    OMG! To be put in the company of talented artisans like shannongerard and twolefthands is such an honor. I don't think my "Cissy" was in the Treasury at Storque for more than a minute. I went to bed here on the East Coast and someone on the West Coast purchased her during "my night". And I just listed her YESTERDAY. Wow,now that Etsians is the true power of the Storque!! I hope EVERYONE checks out each and every shop as there are some incredible artists here. xlessthan3 - your work is terrific- keep adding items, I'll be watching and waiting. twolefthands - you have captured my heart - every stitch I can see is done with love. shannongerard - I crocheted my wedding dress so I am a HUGE fan. Weirdwolf - Bless Your Heart, you have sent me and my mice the BEST Valentine EVER!! Linda at WARMTH!!

    6 years ago

  • zoewoods

    zoewoods says:

    Jenine Bressner, I love the necklace

    6 years ago

  • Liwlig

    Liwlig says:

    WOW!!! Absolutely fantastic beautiful necklace!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • Liwlig

    Liwlig says:

    Jenine's necklace:-)

    6 years ago

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk says:

    Wow - is she wearing like a gazillion glass beads? That is so awesome! So bright and colourful :)

    6 years ago

  • thelittlebrownwren

    thelittlebrownwren says:

    You go, girl!! Awesome picks! =)

    6 years ago

  • rubyblu

    rubyblu says:

    Hnadmade is the only way to go!

    6 years ago

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl says:

    so true

    6 years ago

  • niajane

    niajane says:

    I ♥ Jenine's necklace- sooooo cool!

    6 years ago

  • erinschock

    erinschock says:

    only if there were more Jenine's in the world!

    6 years ago

  • peoplescouture

    peoplescouture says:

    heartful indeed! thanks

    6 years ago

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads says:

    Love this sentence, "It's about personal history and the inspiration behind making something of your own vision." This is how is feels for me for sure. The personal history part being that I am following in the tradition of my mother, grandmothers and so on. Using what we have, creating what we need and want, and enjoying doing that so much that making more to sell, to share with others is what makes creativity even more of a blessing. I always say there are those who sing and those who listen. I cannot sing but love to enjoy singing. I cannot paint but love to appreciate great art. I can, however do other things and love to share these things and hear how others appreciate them. Handmade is not only my black, but my rainbow.

    6 years ago