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Featured Seller: Finders&Keepers

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Richard Smith. I live in Toronto, where I find or create everything I sell at Finders&Keepers. I love vintage everything and really go out of my way to seek out unique things to suit my everyday needs.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I drink a LOT of coffee, so much of my social calendar is filled with coffee dates with friends, or even solo. I live right near a gorgeous park downtown which is my favourite place to hang out (and drink coffee). I like to see new and interesting things that other people are doing, and I enjoy meeting creative people, so I spend a lot of time visiting stores. I usually have a book or two on the go. I like to write, though never to any productive purpose, and sometimes I pluck at my guitar. Also, I help run an antique store.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Anyone who knows me knows that I would never write a memoir. I’m awful at telling stories, I have a terrible memory, and I get kind of flummoxed when I have to talk about myself too much.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m inspired by details and materials in vintage objects that might otherwise go unused and unappreciated if they weren’t being repurposed. I feel bad sometimes tearing out the guts of a book, but for the most part, the things I use would probably never be used in their original form anyway. I try to incorporate as much original detail into my designs as possible.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is the way things are meant to be: imperfect and unique. Any handmade item speaks to the resourcefulness of its creator — something that is very much undervalued today.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
I’m influenced by anyone who makes something with their own wits and their own hands. I’m always impressed when I discover that products I love are made by one person, one at a time.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I always had artistic inclinations, which I kind of lost touch with for a number of years, though I always kept writing or sketching. Only in the last year and a half or so, when I taught myself to sew, did I start to get excited and serious about it again.

How would you describe your creative process?
My creative process is mostly fuelled by the things around me, and by my own needs, so basically I just make things that I want to use. Once I’ve decided on something I want to make, I spend a lot of time sitting on the floor with my materials spread out around me. Easily 80% of my “creative/design” time is spent staring vacantly at the wall while I try to figure out all the little elements that have to be considered before I actually start sewing or putting something together.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
No one in particular comes to mind, though I am VERY much interested in peeking inside artists’ studios, which I guess is why I like things like The Selby or Closet Visit so much. I love seeing the things that people use every day, and while I am interested in their art and their processes, I’m even more curious to know what kind of coffee mug they use, or what their notebook looks like. I love to see pictures of artists’ spaces without the consciousness of having prepared for a photoshoot.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Two of the things I proudly use literally every day are my recycled military duffle tote and my notebook, both of which I made myself and which are very dear to me.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Coffee. And cigarettes. And thrift shopping.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
Designing and making things full time. In an abandoned warehouse.

Featured Seller Archive

 

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS says:

    Love your shop! Congratulations as the newest Etsy Featured Artist!

    3 years ago

  • JewelryBySS

    JewelryBySS says:

    Congratulations to you Richard! Your laptop sleeves are cool and also your Army Canvas Messenger Bag. Keep drinking the COFFEE!!

    3 years ago

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal says:

    Congrats on being featured! Love the wall sculpture. Good luck with your endeavor.

    3 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    What would we do without coffee?! Thanks for the article and congrats!

    3 years ago

  • ThumbandPinky

    ThumbandPinky says:

    LOVE what you're making and offering up here! I'm the newest member of your fan club!

    3 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Loved reading your article! That "book" wall sculpture is amazing, plus a number of other things - also love the individual books! Wishing you all the best! Keep on enjoying your coffee!

    3 years ago

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto says:

    Great article! Loveee Coffee toooo!

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Beautiful shop!!! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Great shop!! Congrats on your feature ..glad to find a new favorite :)

    3 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Very nice. Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy says:

    Is this the same finders keepers that is on ebay and offers the fantastic ceramics? Love learning more about this shop and will definitely be back!

    3 years ago

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef says:

    Way Fun!

    3 years ago

  • Unbunny

    Unbunny says:

    Sweet and lovely!

    3 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    so happy to see your wonderful shop and read a great success story ..congrats on featured seller!!

    3 years ago

  • f2images

    f2images says:

    Wow, really neat items. I bet Richard is a lot like me, in that it's so hard for me to part with my vintage lovelies! I somehow feel attached. Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    oh and also your statement "one person ..one at a time" ..that really struck a cord with me!

    3 years ago

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk says:

    So stinking cool! Congrats on your feature! I am digging your work big time!

    3 years ago

  • helenbobelen

    helenbobelen says:

    great ideas...very artful. best of success to you Richard!

    3 years ago

  • SimpleBlessingsDzine

    SimpleBlessingsDzine says:

    Love the book art piece, very unique...Congrats! Great shop!

    3 years ago

  • BeaUniqueDesigns

    BeaUniqueDesigns says:

    I Like you and your message. Congratulations! Jenn

    3 years ago

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson says:

    Great interview, and I love the mix of handmade and vintage in your shop-- marvelous items! Congratulations on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    Your items and your photography are amazing! Congratulations on your awesomeness!

    3 years ago

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels says:

    congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • mattjohnsondesigns

    mattjohnsondesigns says:

    That's funny... my "creative/design" time is also spent mostly staring blankly at a pile of stuff, or the wall. Oh, and also beer helps. As a fellow "repurposer/upcycler", I'm glad someone doing this stuff made featured seller! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry says:

    This is fun! I love the antiques!

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    clever laptop bags :)

    3 years ago

  • pinkflapper

    pinkflapper says:

    Love these book jackets...so inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • theowlshop

    theowlshop says:

    Great original ideas…congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo says:

    Great shop - Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Very cool ideas for repurposing and so cool that u r so passionate about it! Congrats & thanks for sharing u'r story.

    3 years ago

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam says:

    Your shop is AMAZING..I really dig what you do! Congrats on being featured!

    3 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    Such a fantastic marriage of vintage & handmade! Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography says:

    Truly original items, and very fun shop to poke around in ^_^

    3 years ago

  • aiek

    aiek says:

    you are awesome... congrats on your feature.

    3 years ago

  • DeerLola

    DeerLola says:

    Amazing, unique designs and I love the wall sculpture ! Congratulations on the feature.

    3 years ago

  • hawthornehill

    hawthornehill says:

    WONDERFUL!! Great shop.

    3 years ago

  • quiteapairkeepsakes

    quiteapairkeepsakes says:

    Love that the item you most cherish is something you made...congrats on being a featured seller.

    3 years ago

  • greyedout

    greyedout says:

    Can't go through life without coffee! Keep doing what you do, and congrats on being featured!

    3 years ago

  • VannaBananaBaby

    VannaBananaBaby says:

    So cool, love the notebooks.

    3 years ago

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars says:

    I love the wall sculptures and notebooks! I love upcycling things because it averts them from landfills, and keeps someone from buying something new. And besides that, it's usually more interesting to look at than the new item would be. I made a few dog collars out of vintage mens neckties I got from thrift stores. They are sooo cute!

    3 years ago

  • ddm1

    ddm1 says:

    This guy is a thief. He stole his designs from BigIDesigns.com. This is not a lie, it's the truth. Look it up

    3 years ago

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady says:

    I think your laptop sleeves are incredibly original.

    3 years ago

  • graceandfavourshop

    graceandfavourshop says:

    Here's to coffee and staring at walls!

    3 years ago

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey says:

    Nice stuff; congrats!

    3 years ago

  • bridalcouture

    bridalcouture says:

    Congrats !!

    3 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Neat with a capitol N. Congrats

    3 years ago

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi says:

    what a original work! congrats!

    3 years ago

  • shaylen303

    shaylen303 says:

    Congrats! Your creations are exquisite and I'm dying for that typewriter on your desk. I'm also a fellow Torontonian so it's always nice to see Canadian sellers featured! :D

    3 years ago

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes says:

    A very fine shop and congratulations on being a featured seller.

    3 years ago

  • June8Jewelry

    June8Jewelry says:

    I love how you used old books and turned them into art! I am pretty certain I have a few of those titles in my basement!

    3 years ago

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez says:

    So nostalgic!

    3 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather says:

    Congrats on your feature! I <3333 coffee, too. :)

    3 years ago

  • theEmersonian

    theEmersonian says:

    coffee and cigs, yessss :) me too. very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry says:

    Ooooooh I love to find a new-to-me shop this way! I think your recycled books into journals are genius and I will probably have to have at least one. I keep notes next to my bench so that when something pops in my head I can jot it down just then. (or it's usually gone as quickly as it came) This would be so much more visually pleasing than the stack of papers I currently have sitting here! Congrats on your feature and on helping the earth, one recycled item at a time : )

    3 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Love your work. Specially your laptop sleeves. Congrats, you make very original and unique items!

    3 years ago

  • filofashion

    filofashion says:

    Congratulations :)

    3 years ago

  • AproposRoasters

    AproposRoasters says:

    Ha! That's exactly how I get out of my creative ruts! Your shop and your interview really spoke to me, thank you for sharing. If I weren't surrounded by giant bags of coffees I'd be surrounded by rescued items, especially books. I have an embarrassing pile of journals as it is. I hope you find your abandoned warehouse.

    3 years ago

  • pillowflightpdx

    pillowflightpdx says:

    I wish my boyfriend was as well dressed as your laptop sleeves! I love you book wall sculpture! Great stuff!

    3 years ago

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear says:

    Many congrats on being featured seller! LOVE the laptop sleeve :-o) Wishes for many success!

    3 years ago

  • LoveOfAllVintage

    LoveOfAllVintage says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article. Sounds alot like me, with the wanting to look at others studios before tidying up, and the staring off in spacewhile thinking. ANyways, love your creative pieces. Thanks for the good read.

    3 years ago

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd says:

    What neat items! Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Love the notebooks! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Hello fellow Torontian, what a cool shop you have, very creative ideas. Congrats on your feature and continued success.

    3 years ago

  • mozaicgirl1

    mozaicgirl1 says:

    Very unique ideas..i also love getting a peak at others creative spaces! congrats!!!!

    3 years ago

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop says:

    I was flummoxed but enjoyed it....great ideas

    3 years ago

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth says:

    Congrats to you! I love those gadget outfits, totally made me giggle :) Keep up the interesting work.

    3 years ago

  • lexlouise

    lexlouise says:

    Spectacular. I particularly like the everything. I would like to have a look at your creative space sometime, especially without the consciousness of having prepared for a photoshoot. I bet it's tidy.

    3 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    Congrats on the feature fellow Canadian. You seem like an interesting guy!

    3 years ago

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals says:

    Great shop, great interview, congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • TNTees

    TNTees says:

    I'm sitting here thinking, damn it why didnt I think of that (the gadget shirts) What a great feature- I, too, am intrigued but peoples creative work spaces and belongings. (Here I thought I was just nosey!) But seriously I think you can catch a glimpse of the artists personality through some of those little things. Congratulations on the feature and to future success!

    3 years ago

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion says:

    I love your book wall sculptures! Great feature! We are very similar in how we get out of creative ruts! ha! Best of luck!

    3 years ago

  • BestDressedJewelry

    BestDressedJewelry says:

    Re-purposing objects is a wonderful art. We discover the beauty of an object in a whole new way and its energy is not lost to the world.

    3 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Charming story and works! Congratulations on being featured! Blessings (and coffee) on you and your shop! Hannah Jasmine

    3 years ago

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts says:

    Great ideas, great items! Well done.

    3 years ago

  • bluebirdheaven

    bluebirdheaven says:

    A very inspiring interview! I love handmade too! It is the time and care that goes into each item that makes it special! Made by Hand!

    3 years ago

  • TheOldGlassChipper

    TheOldGlassChipper says:

    There is greatness in giving old things new life. When they can no longer serve their original function give them a new one! A most enjoyable interview!

    3 years ago

  • ParisianPrairieCharm

    ParisianPrairieCharm says:

    Being a bibliophile, I love what you did what those books. I have never seen anything like it before. Very cool. I could look at it all day if it was on my wall!

    3 years ago

  • donver

    donver says:

    congratulation !

    3 years ago

  • MyVintageNature

    MyVintageNature says:

    Loved the interview. Great shop! All the best to you!!!

    3 years ago

  • isstudio

    isstudio says:

    Coffee and memory in common ... :))) Love the clarity in your answers and your shop - it is pretty pleasing aestetically. Keep it goin' :)

    3 years ago

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals says:

    Everything in your shop is unique and beautiful. i love the notebooks, very clever. Thanks for sharing your story and Congratulations.

    3 years ago

  • ametalheart

    ametalheart says:

    So rare to see men on etsy, even more so to see one featured. Beautiful items Richard and congrats!

    3 years ago

  • youcute

    youcute says:

    I get flummoxed writing comments... Congratulations on your feature!

    3 years ago

  • QueenBeeVintiques

    QueenBeeVintiques says:

    I love re-invention too...and coffee is always a means to great inspiration...Thank for sharing!!

    3 years ago

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall says:

    YAY for coffee, cigarettes, thrift shopping and a bad memory! I love your story. So happy to see you featured...Congratulations! (PS: I love your work, too!)

    3 years ago

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa says:

    very cool shop. i like the rhythm of your life, infused with coffee. congrats on the feature. good luck!

    3 years ago

  • housedressing42

    housedressing42 says:

    You're a charming chap Sir Richard! Congratulations on being featured, what a delightful shop!

    3 years ago

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera says:

    Great shop Richard, I especially love your upcycled note/sketch books. Love your shop.Yes to endless cups of coffee to help get inspired. Congrats on the feature, fellow Ontarian.

    3 years ago

  • blackrufflebrigade

    blackrufflebrigade says:

    I love the creativity and originality! Great job

    3 years ago

  • beforeafton

    beforeafton says:

    how refreshing to hear you say that you get flummoxed when you have to talk about yourself...far to many people RELiSH the opportunity to the extreme. its a breath of fresh air to hear someone not take themselves so seriously....bravo! i think you seem like a super cool guy with an interesting mind, and a fetching aesthetic. keep up the good work--love your look and attitude. CONGrATs.

    3 years ago

  • VellePurse

    VellePurse says:

    This is taking creativity to a whole new level! Those are some really brilliant ideas! Wow

    3 years ago

  • TheVintageApartment

    TheVintageApartment says:

    Is it terrible that I kind of just glanced at the words & immediately honed in on all the pretty Polaroids? Love that you have not one, but two SX70 alphas sitting on that table. (I did go back & read the article, though) Love seeing a fellow Ontarian featured! Also, thrift shopping is how I often get out of a creative rut, too. Often with coffee in hand.

    3 years ago

  • erikaart

    erikaart says:

    So original, I love It!

    3 years ago

  • LittleSmilesBoutique

    LittleSmilesBoutique says:

    Hey another Torontonian! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • pukkacrew

    pukkacrew says:

    this man is my hero. foshiz.

    3 years ago

  • SweetPix

    SweetPix says:

    Love your creative and resourceful ideas!

    3 years ago

  • charstreasures

    charstreasures says:

    Love your wall art & your notebooks - upcycling at it's best. Well done!

    3 years ago

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking says:

    Richard, reading this gave me goosebumps as i thought i was reading about myself !!!!! I had to pinch myself and make a coffee and re read the interview ! Amazing ! I love your shop, especially the book sculpture.................. X Olive X

    3 years ago

  • MixUpGallery

    MixUpGallery says:

    cool links...and cool interview!!

    3 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Unbelievable imagination. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • CuddlyNCute

    CuddlyNCute says:

    I love the unique creativity of your designes and the way you make old things new. Such an inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    Beautiful shop and interview Congrats !!

    3 years ago

  • artfields

    artfields says:

    I love your shop and your attitude! I also love to scavenge old things and make them into something new.

    3 years ago

  • pasinwedding

    pasinwedding says:

    So cool, love the notebooks.

    3 years ago

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek says:

    congrats!

    3 years ago

  • CatlinCoxDesigns

    CatlinCoxDesigns says:

    I'm truly inspired by your creations! I wish you much success. I wonder how you went about teaching yourself to sew, how long it took to learn and what useful tools or books could you pass along to me? I would love to learn to sew so I could make beautiful things as well.

    3 years ago

  • dogknot

    dogknot says:

    fantastic work... congratulations on the feature

    3 years ago

  • classicretro

    classicretro says:

    interesting start to finish. Inspirational.

    3 years ago

  • modernbird

    modernbird says:

    i just loved reading your interview this morning with my coffee :)

    3 years ago

  • patricepastel

    patricepastel says:

    What a refreshing interview! I loved reading your words! Love your totes! And your creative rescue of a great book reinvented for someone's meaningful memoir is wonderful! Best of luck to you. And... I would think your memoir someday would be very inspirational

    3 years ago

  • auras

    auras says:

    i like you

    3 years ago

  • slumbersoft

    slumbersoft says:

    I so enjoyed your story. I would never have thought to use the backs of books that way, very original and creative.

    3 years ago

  • victoriaenglishcharm

    victoriaenglishcharm says:

    great interview- and great shop!

    3 years ago

  • Smockedresses

    Smockedresses says:

    beautiful shop

    3 years ago

  • noellabeautyworks

    noellabeautyworks says:

    love your story and your shop!

    3 years ago

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 says:

    YES! That's exactly how I feel too. Resourcefulness is the thing. Love it.

    3 years ago

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig says:

    Congrats Richard! Great Shop, What a Wonderful Imagination. Love your laptop sleeve! and Your definition of Handmade "Imperfect and Unique" Best Wishes, Tammy

    3 years ago

  • urgestudio

    urgestudio says:

    Cool. Best of luck.

    3 years ago

  • greenbooksetc

    greenbooksetc says:

    Your interview and your wonderful items are very appealing!

    3 years ago

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    CherylBrissonFolkArt says:

    Congratulations! I paint kitschy stuff on re-used dishes, trays etc...I almost bought a new piece the other day and you have strengthened my resolve to continue giving abandoned items a new shot at life!

    3 years ago

  • fredandlulu

    fredandlulu says:

    Richard, great interview! I identify with much of what you say here. love your shop! good luck...

    3 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol says:

    years ago I took and old worn shirt of my hard working husband & made a stick horse for my daughter.I used a toy sized broom she had and cut sewed and stuffed it.She LOVED "Freddy" rode it everywhere & has it packed away to save for her children.The shirt was special because her daddy wore it,then her momma showed her how to make something out of whatever is on hand.CAN DO!

    3 years ago

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle says:

    Fabulous!!!! all of your items are so great! Great interview and Great shop. Thanks! Good Luck to you :)

    3 years ago

  • DARKLUXvintage

    DARKLUXvintage says:

    great shop!

    3 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    love!

    3 years ago

  • cutiepeacouture

    cutiepeacouture says:

    I am always so happy when I see someone repurposing! It gives me the warm fuzzy's. Congrats on being featured!

    3 years ago

  • chocolatebohemian

    chocolatebohemian says:

    HELLOOOO.....Love this shop!!!

    3 years ago

  • studiotuesday

    studiotuesday says:

    Enjoyed reading this feature. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Great article, great shop!

    3 years ago

  • LandofCharacter

    LandofCharacter says:

    Congrats! Stay wonderful!

    3 years ago

  • thegrassmustache

    thegrassmustache says:

    I would invite you out for a cup of coffee if I lived in Toronto!

    3 years ago

  • TheScarletSageTree

    TheScarletSageTree says:

    Congrats Richard! Great stuff, and those laptop sleeves are very clever indeed. Also love the vintage cover blank notebooks - takes me back to my childhood wrapped up in in Enid Blyton pages. Wishing you continued success, joy and inspiration :) - Suzanne

    3 years ago

  • BUZZBOMBer

    BUZZBOMBer says:

    Wow great stuff and I agree about the laptop sleeves, they are cool. Keep up the great work!

    3 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    Congrats, cool stuff!

    3 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    you=rad

    3 years ago

  • godo

    godo says:

    good taste

    3 years ago

  • aprilscollection

    aprilscollection says:

    I though I was the only one who spend 80% of the time thinking about the idea before actually starting my creation... Great stuff, like your books!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Dear Richard Please stop smoking. Love, Mom Your computerwear is genius. Well deserved feature. Continued success to you.

    3 years ago

  • necklush

    necklush says:

    great stuff!

    3 years ago

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica says:

    Very unique shop, congrats!

    3 years ago

  • Dobergrrl

    Dobergrrl says:

    Congrats on your feature! Great shop!

    3 years ago

  • EcoFoto

    EcoFoto says:

    Nice vintage!

    3 years ago

  • MissingHeirloom

    MissingHeirloom says:

    Richard - i am all about the abandoned warehouse! As a young girl I remember my Mother always telling me how perfection was BORING and that imperfection was much more interesting... Congrats on your feature! Liz

    3 years ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos says:

    I love your designs!!! So creative and unique! Really amazing shop! Congrats!!

    3 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    Richard I love how you are giving a new life to the books. The wall sculpture is fantastic. Congratulations!!

    3 years ago

  • raspberryrobin

    raspberryrobin says:

    what a wonderful interview! you are a TRUE artist! my husband and I are both full time artist, I think i have my shops all listed in my bio area- my sister too. family of inspirtaional people, I believe if you can see yourself crrating full time then it will happen for you...don't give up until it does!!! I live in pittsburgh, so no cows here, but my sis lives in avoca,ny and i have had the pleasure of meeting many young cows there, heffers I think? they are seeing grass for the first time when they arrive- i was inspired to paint one- she is featured in my other art shop here in etsy : www.etsy.com/shop/mariasideasart I was so excited to be able to help feed the animals , but was disturbed by the giant plastic tags on their ears which did inspire the painting I call "not just a number" I was told by the farmer they were good tags because they would pop apart so no one rips their ears on fences etc....I'm thinking if they MUST wear them I'd add some glitter or rhinestones.. ya know jazz them up a bit! thanks for being a farmer...we would not survive without all of you hard working folks! good luck to you and keep creating! maria

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Nice shop. Congrats.

    3 years ago

  • CarolAnnGarner

    CarolAnnGarner says:

    Loves to write but awful at telling stories?? :) how perplexing! great story and shop! congrats on the feature! fascinated by your "peek inside" links! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • meringuedesigns

    meringuedesigns says:

    anyone who uses the word flummoxed would make a great writer. way to go.

    3 years ago

  • kstambaugh1

    kstambaugh1 says:

    I really enjoyed reading your interview! It is an inspiring story. I like that you like crafts made by hand, one by one, with imperfection. That's what I love about homemade items as well. I wish you continued success with your shop!

    3 years ago

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl says:

    I especially liked your definition of handmade: imperfect and unique. I couldn't agree more! I too love the idea that someone put their own time and thought into creating something with their own hands. Wishing you great success with Finders&Keepers...I especially love the bags you make! *•.♥.•*

    3 years ago

  • GardenAngels

    GardenAngels says:

    Great sense of humor! ( oh, and yea I like your stuff too)

    3 years ago

  • PIGandFiSH

    PIGandFiSH says:

    Oh so clever are your ipad/laptop sleeves - how fun! Enjoyed reading your interview - congrats!

    3 years ago

  • sallyurdang

    sallyurdang says:

    dream guy.

    3 years ago

  • sunnybrooke27

    sunnybrooke27 says:

    i loooove vintage books. if you find any old copies of alice in wonderland, that'd be awesome.

    3 years ago

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop says:

    Ultra cool self! Ultra cool stuff! Ultra cool feature! Bravo!!!

    3 years ago

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop says:

    Ultra cool feature! Bravo!!!

    3 years ago

  • smileykylie97

    smileykylie97 says:

    Love the wall sculpture and the way you see vintage items as opportunity. Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • PerpetualOne

    PerpetualOne says:

    great interview. thanks for showcasing such a great artist.

    3 years ago

  • 2chicdesigns

    2chicdesigns says:

    Great interview you have the most unique ipad covers!

    3 years ago

  • SimpleByNature1

    SimpleByNature1 says:

    Love your vibe!

    3 years ago

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle says:

    Great story Richard, I loved the way you answered all of the questions!

    3 years ago

  • SoxAndPatches

    SoxAndPatches says:

    well done fellow Canuk! Love your shop - very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • KagoKadae

    KagoKadae says:

    Lovely craft :) Interesting items and very pleasant laid back character (from reading the interview).

    3 years ago

  • blueanne8

    blueanne8 says:

    From one Torontonian to another. Great interview. If you're ever on a road trip, check out the great used and vintage stores in Bruce County. Some towns to check out would be Harriston, Chesley, Clifford and Port Elgin.

    3 years ago

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage says:

    The menswear details used by Richard would suit any type of person- they have a nostalgic feel to them that could remind a man of himself, a woman of her father or beloved uncle, or a child of their favorite second grade teacher. These elements bring up a feeling of the past (and also the present, depending on the icon) and an obvious feeling of sophisticated handsome glamour.

    3 years ago

  • TodayImInspired

    TodayImInspired says:

    equally lovely shop and interview!!

    3 years ago

  • Davs

    Davs says:

    How do you get out of your creative ruts? Coffee. And cigarettes. And thrift shopping. ................ ^yes! Great feature, I love his book sculpture!

    3 years ago

  • GustoSpice

    GustoSpice says:

    "Where would you like to be in ten years? Designing and making things full time. In an abandoned warehouse." That's the best quote and "Foundaryvintage" hit it right on the head with "handsome glamour!" Congratulations on your well deserved feature!

    3 years ago

  • CuffLinqUnCommon

    CuffLinqUnCommon says:

    I really like the wall sculpture. Congrats on the feature.

    3 years ago

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity says:

    I have never seen anything like what you create & sell in your shop. Way to go!

    3 years ago

  • findersandkeepersnet

    findersandkeepersnet says:

    AWW, thanks for the sweet comments everyone, I love hearing the different ways that people relate to things I make, or even things I do. This is why I love Etsy! Thanks so much for reading, and looking :)

    3 years ago

  • buttonsnbones

    buttonsnbones says:

    Great work! I love your book sculptures! Its a great way to show the textural beauty of these objects.

    3 years ago

  • fifime

    fifime says:

    Richard , you are great :)

    3 years ago

  • yarashi

    yarashi says:

    I really like your work, good luck with your project. You're inspiring a designer in Costa Rica ;)

    3 years ago

  • reflectionsjewelry

    reflectionsjewelry says:

    totally awesome interview, you sound like a fun person to know. And ditto on the whole coffee thing......lol

    3 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Congratulations on your feature!

    3 years ago

  • sirtom

    sirtom says:

    Hello from Australia. Bit slow to catch on here, but just read the interview then checked out your work. It's really good.

    3 years ago

  • morningstar6107

    morningstar6107 says:

    Love love love your items. I'm going to go out and buy an iPad just so I can buy a cover....

    3 years ago

  • TokoJengki

    TokoJengki says:

    cool. love it. couldnt agree more about the importance of reuse, recycle, repurpose, upcycle.

    3 years ago

  • danapereabloede

    danapereabloede says:

    the book wall sculpture , i love

    3 years ago

  • partycraftsecrets

    partycraftsecrets says:

    love your work space! look forward to hearing about your warehouse in ten years... nah... make that five! good luck!

    3 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    congrats on the feature ~ love your designs :)

    3 years ago

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures says:

    Very cool. Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • onmyway5911

    onmyway5911 says:

    Great shop. Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • Willow4u

    Willow4u says:

    Awesome Shop! Coffee,ooooh yes!!

    3 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    Congrats on your feature, you have a wonderful shop! Best of luck!!!

    3 years ago

  • CuteAsAButtonJewel

    CuteAsAButtonJewel says:

    Love your inspiration from old items. Old items have such a unique flare that you can't find in new things. Your shop looks great. Congrats on being the featured artist.

    3 years ago

  • hellocupcake2

    hellocupcake2 says:

    Congratulations on the feature! I love your art.

    3 years ago

  • IUsedToBeVintage

    IUsedToBeVintage says:

    I enjoyed reading your interview. Love your blank journal books! Did you ever find out what KINDERDUDEN translates to? I looked it up and it is Oxford Children. :)

    3 years ago

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern says:

    coffee & cigs, nothing like it :)

    3 years ago

  • StudioPotterArchive

    StudioPotterArchive says:

    Very cool! Just like finding an old potter from days gone by and bringing them back into the limelight. It's all about archiving in one way or another! Nice article.

    3 years ago

  • Grammiesquiltz

    Grammiesquiltz says:

    Such an inspiring interview. It's good to see that staring at a wall is not unusual.

    3 years ago

  • TNShopthailand

    TNShopthailand says:

    congratulations!Beautiful shop!!!

    3 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    I love the book wall sculpture! You have an amazing talent :)

    3 years ago

  • JessieJonesLocker

    JessieJonesLocker says:

    Congratulations on your Etsy Success! Very nice work! Check out my shop if you got a sec!

    3 years ago

  • BirdsNestCompany

    BirdsNestCompany says:

    I am in love with the iPad sleeves! So cute!

    3 years ago

  • portraitsbybillie

    portraitsbybillie says:

    I love vintage!!! Made so much better than things today. Good luck with your shop...I love it!

    3 years ago

  • BlackDahliaDesign

    BlackDahliaDesign says:

    ★ Fascinating! :) ★

    3 years ago

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz says:

    Great treasury. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • violintide

    violintide says:

    I basically want all of this shop!

    3 years ago

  • tinybabylady

    tinybabylady says:

    This is really fun! I enjoy the opportunity to see something completely creative and totally different from my own crafting desires. It is inspiring to see crafters of all kinds eeking out those creative juices to form great, unique items!

    3 years ago

  • Shtetle

    Shtetle says:

    Hello My favourite book in the whole world is Life Size. It makes my lifer make sense. Out of print - still a few copies left in the UK. See if you can snag a copy. Perhaps it will have the same effect on you. CC.

    3 years ago

  • OceansideCastle

    OceansideCastle says:

    I like your drum beat! Keep on dancing!

    3 years ago

  • mialopez3

    mia lopez says:

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    3 years ago

  • Revetrios

    Chris from BagsandThreads says:

    Are you still around? I finally got a Macbook Pro and was sad not to find a repurposed shirt for a case... Do you still make them?

    99 days ago