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A Letterpress Legacy with Lucky Duck Press

Patrick Barrett’s business depends upon his great-grandfather’s letterpress. This heirloom enables him to channel the family trade, even today.

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Through the Looking Glass: Lalouka’s Minature Frolic

  “A Miniature Frolic” is the latest project by frequent creative collaborators Martin Reisch of *safesolvent, Lara Kaluza, a.k.a. Lalouka Designs, and Tessa Smith of Brave Radar. Shot on location in the Quebec countryside, this short film captures Lalouka’s handmade, vintage-inspired clothing through a soft, sun-soaked lens, and features an airy and delicately haunting musical score by Brave Radar….

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Camera Obscura: McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Camera Obscura is our blog series spotlighting filmic wonders from the blogosphere, in which Tara, a.k.a. weirdwolf (of Etsy’s video team), explores personal favorites of stop motion animations, optical ephemera and film treasures. I first experienced Robert Altman’s anti-western McCabe & Mrs. Miller while home sick from school. I sucked in Leonard Cohen‘s music, the…

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The Billykirk Brothers: Tooling a New Generation of Leather

Stylish online magazine The Scout recently produced this fascinating video portrait of leather crafters Chris and Kirk Bray of Billykirk. Formed in 1999, Billykirk was inspired by the purchase of a thrifted 1970s watch strap. The brothers always knew they’d start a design business together and leather work seemed the perfect match for their interest…

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Handmade Portraits: Sharon Montrose

MP4 | YouTube | Vimeo | Blip.tv | Subscribe in iTunes (Animation by Julia Pott; Music by PG Six, Steve Gunn) Photographer Sharon Montrose first picked up a camera in a high school photography class. During a time when most most adolescents are confused and searching for their true selves, Sharon had a passion and…

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Goodbye Sorrow From Katie Armstrong

Artist, animator, poet and former Etsy Blog intern Katie Armstrong has created a moving animation using hundreds of her original illustrations and animated with Flash. Goodbye Sorrow is a haunting piece of grief and longing. The process takes a very long time, which is actually ideal for me because exhaustion becomes a kind of tool…

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Follow the Light: Lamp Animation With Lightexture

After coming across one of Lightexture‘s incredible lighting animations I decided to find out a little more about the duo behind these luminous wonders. I asked Yael Ere and Avner Ben Natan to tell me a bit about themselves, their Lightexture collaboration and their dazzling illumination. Here’s what they had to say… Tell us a…

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There’s No Place Like Here: Mid-Century Modest With Pam Kueber

MP4 | Youtube | Blip.tv | Subscribe in iTunes (Music by Bill Loose, Lineland, animation by JuliaPott) Pam Kueber of blog Retro Renovation was originally looking for the Victorian farmhouse of her dreams in the Berkshires, but for various reasons (price, location, size) she and her husband ended up falling in love and purchasing a…

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Etsy Video 2009: Year in Review

Friend Etsy on Youtube & Blip.tv | Subscribe to Etsy’s iTunes Podcast As 2009 comes to a close, we here at the blog are taking time to reflect on an exciting year in video for Etsy. We met and collaborated with many incredibly talented Etsy artists and had a chance to delve deeper into who they are and what…

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Handmade Portraits: Enhabiten

Friend Etsy on Youtube & Blip.tv | Subscribe to Etsy’s iTunes Podcast | MP4 Verson Like all our videos, feel free to re-post and embed the video on your blog! (Music by Eric Beug, animation by JuliaPott) Liane Tyrell, a.k.a. enhabiten, is interested in handmade marks. Whether they’re in paintings, drawings or the stitches she…

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Handmade Weddings: Bridal Crowns With Whichgoose

MP4 | Youtube | Blip.tv | Subscribe in iTunes (Music by Espers) I met up with Emily Zych, a.k.a. whichgoose, deep in the magical forests of Maryland, where she finds twigs and vines for the fanciful crowns she makes. This wood nymph’s delightful creations are inspired by Greek mythology, pagan folklore and expressive Romanticism. Are…

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Handmade Portraits: Mimi Kirchner

MP4 | Youtube | Blip.tv | Subscribe in iTunes (Music by Jonathan Cazenave, Lineland, animation by JuliaPott) All Etsy videos are Creative Commons, so please embed them on your blog! Help spread the word! UPDATE: Mimi announced the winner of her free pincushion giveaway today. Congratulations to Angela Recada who embedded the video on her…

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Camera Obscura: Found Footage Mashups with Lineland

Malcolm Felder, the talent behind the one man band Lineland, just completed a month long tour with partner in crime Animal Hospital. I was lucky enough to see Lineland live at Monkeytown in Brooklyn, NY. For the shows, Malcolm created six unique experimental music videos, which he projected and played along to. Monkeytown’s venue is…

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There’s No Place Like Here: Retro Renovation at Luxton Lake with Tina Spangler

Friend Etsy on Youtube or Blip.tv | Subscribe to Etsy’s iTunes Podcast | MP4 All Etsy videos are creative commons free so please embed them on your blog! Help spread the word! (music by Melodium, animation by JuliaPott) Tina Spangler, a.k.a LuxtonLake, uprooted herself from her hectic New York City lifestyle for the woods of…

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Camera Obscura: Lightning Bolt’s 13 Monsters

“PAPER RAD is a Pittsburgh, PA/Northampton, MA collective that has bubbled under the elastic waistline of the world’s slacks for over a decade, tickling its privates and filling its diapers.” — Load Records The collective behind the music video 13 Monsters, Paper Rad, utilizes a low-fi style that crosses many genres and art movements. Their…

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Camera Obscura: Jan Svankmajer’s Alice in Wonderland

“Alice thought to herself, ‘Now you will see a film made for children. Perhaps. But I nearly forgot: you must close your eyes. Otherwise, you won’t see anything.’” — Jan Svankmajer’s Alice When I was in college in Arizona, a friend of a friend had a screening of some films he had rented through the…

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There’s No Place Like Here: Forestbound & The Snail and The Cyclops

Friend Etsy on Youtube or Blip.tv | Subscribe to Etsy’s iTunes Podcast | MP4 (music by Luc, animation by JuliaPott) Three years ago, Alice Saunders, a.k.a. Forestbound, and Francesca Zmetra, a.k.a. Thirteen Eighty-Five, (who’s also responsible for the delightful blog, The Snail and The Cyclops) became roommates in an old house in Jamaica Plain, MA….

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Handmade Portraits: Birdhouseaccents

MP4 | Youtube | Blip.tv | Subscribe in iTunes (Music by Two Dark Birds, animation by JuliaPott) It took Fred Jakubiec from Birdhouseaccents 25 years before he made building birdhouses his full-time job. It was well worth the wait. After 13 years as Area Supervisor at various fast food establishments, a stint at a steel…

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Camera Obscura: Lotte Reiniger

Camera Obscura is our new blog series spotlighting filmic wonders from the blogosphere. Look forward to  personal favorites of stop motion animations, optical ephemera and forgotten film treasures. “I believe in the truth of fairy-tales more than I believe in the truth in the newspaper.” — Lotte Reiniger This week enchanted silhouettes frame the screen…

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There’s No Place Like Here: Dustin Yellin

  Friend Etsy on Youtube or Blip.tv | Subscribe to Etsy’s iTunes Podcast | MP4 (music by Butthole Surfers, Barry London, Enemy Heroes, The Give, animation by JuliaPott) Artist, filmmaker, surfer, and world traveler Dustin Yellin is a maker as well as a hunter. Yellin creates intricate volumetric tomographic paintings and hunts for salvaged treasures…

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Spinstersummer’s Ode to the Queer Animal Kingdom

Nicole Georges, a.k.a. Spinstersummer, has been making zines since she was thirteen. Her ongoing autobiographical zine Invincible Summer is about bands, relationships, animals, vegan food and beehived hairdos. Nicole’s Etsy shop is full of goodies, from fun zines to stuffed sock monkeys, narwhals and queer animals calendars. The animal lovers pet portraits and illustrations are…

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