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Featured Seller: goseek

Aug 26, 2011

by goseek

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
We are Judith Rand and Eben Papele and we are designers and thinkers. We are a Libra and a Sag, so we have a firm belief in our ability to create our ideal world together, and not merely in the material sense. This belief has been the subject of an ongoing conversation that has spanned 20 years. As artists and makers, we try to bring our perspective on creativity and material processes to the art of living and “nesting.” We need our environment to foster creativity and nurture our curiosities.

We are not particularly attached to things in general, but enjoy the process of editing and creating our environment from whatever we have at hand. It helps that we have access to the deep recesses of the Hudson Valley and Northeast U.S., with its rich history of art, folk art, architecture and industry as a resource. Equally important to the quality or aesthetic value of a piece of furniture or decorative or utilitarian object, is how you use the object in relation to its environment. So we like to be experimental, and in the end what we create has to make us feel free or we undo it.

Apart from collecting and curating, what do you do?
We are jewelry designers/metalsmiths, and run our own jewelry business. We are honored to be able to sell to many talented visionary and pioneering independent boutique owners in the U.S. and Canada. We have recently launched our Etsy shop, MemoryTheatre, where you can find our work. Memory Theatre is another term for a cabinet of curiosities — a room full of scientific and artistic wonders, many yet to be classified. So these curated rooms housed collections of things that no one quite knew what to do with, or how they fit in to the prevailing world view. We like that sense of things being as yet undefined and unformed and not belonging to any existing framework.

What would be the title of your memoir? 
Go Seek reflects our relationship to the world. Our favorite philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, has a saying that we try to embody: “In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.”

Do you have any personal collections? How did they start?
We do have things — mostly art and things with animals on them, but not a collection, per se.

What decade or style inspires you?
As you can see by our inventory, we are inspired by objects with soul and function and this is not bound by any constraint or definition or time period. That being said, we mostly acquire objects from the late 1800s to the 1940s or so. We aspire to constellate things around us that inspire us to create and facilitate our understanding of our relationship to life and each other. We feel the recognition of beauty is a profound unifying experience and a fundamental part of our humanity. Personally we are often most moved by antique folk art — the unique vision of a single person who was moved to create for the sake of creating.

What are the challenges of finding great vintage?
Although our tastes are broad, we have a very specific aesthetic and strive to maintain a certain balance in periods and materials to achieve our own unique visual signature. We focus on antique as opposed to vintage — the older the object the deeper the story. It could be a a special finish, or the mark of the makers hand, but there has to be a unique appeal to each piece to mark it as not being mass produced. Creative lives are supported by creative objects. It has to fit with that philosophy or we don’t buy it. Since the inventory changes every day it is an ongoing and intuitive process. You have to trust the universe.

What’s the most interesting backstory of an object you’ve acquired?
We found an old Hudson Valley, NY document box. When we got it home we discovered that it was lined with newspapers dated 1801 that are full of references to life in our part of the Hudson Valley. There are ship illustrations and advertisements for boat services to NYC on Sloops with captains Thomas Bull and Ichabod Lockwood (the early commute!). There is an off-color poem and snarky reporting: “It appears that inhabitants on the east side of the Hudson River have at length awakened from their lethargy, after dreaming a long time on the subject of forming a Turnpike Road from Albany to Kingsbridge.” It paints such a vivid picture of life in the Hudson Valley circa 1801. And it has its original hand-painted red polka-dot finish! We had no idea people were painting red polka dots on handmade boxes 200 years ago.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Eva Zeisel stands out for her ability to transcend the political atmosphere, social gender roles and artistic boundaries of her time. She is a pioneering design figure whose designs are not only aesthetically pleasing but full of human content. She was able to design in any medium with equally powerful results.

Was there an object that was particularly hard for you to give up? If so, why?
We sold a wonderful painting by the Dutch artist, Jan Witjens, of a hand holding a bouquet of flowers. It was an original combination of styles, combining the intrigue of antique botanicals and the whimsy of a child’s book. It stands out as such a unique vision that we still talk about it years later.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Retreat! We go back to nature. We are fortunate to live in the valley of the Shawangunk Mountains and frequently sojourn in the woods of the Mohonk Preserve.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
We would like to be surprised by our life journey! We have designs for furniture, lighting and home stuff in the works. We hope to be following our creativity, wherever it may take us.

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150 comments

  • dropkicktims

    dropkicktims said 8 years ago

    Love it! Especially the adorable cow creamers :)

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed the interview, thanks for sharing! Such great finds! Congratulations as the newest featured seller!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    I am in love with your shop! Some seriously awesome vintage finds.. congrats on your feature guys!

  • mamif

    mamif said 8 years ago

    great store name! fits perfectly with your items.

  • SkySaddle

    SkySaddle said 8 years ago

    We love the look and feel of your pieces. Imagining that your evenings are spent similarly to ours with materials in hand and the mountains out the front door.

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 8 years ago

    Loved your interview. Beautiful shop.....gorgeous items! Congrats!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Your shop is amazing! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • TDNCreations

    TDNCreations said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations!

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 8 years ago

    Very interesting and unique. Great shop.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Congrats!

  • astronuts

    astronuts said 8 years ago

    I like your shop very much.

  • violintide

    violintide said 8 years ago

    Awesome shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Shabby Country Feel! Keep up the success!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    i love the way your photograph your items. very beautiful store!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 8 years ago

    I love your desire to honor the story of your objects...lovely shop.

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 8 years ago

    Hello my old friends, You cannot only imagine my surprise finding you here this morning. Congrats on your FS, I love what you have done together.

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 8 years ago

    Unique items and presentation!

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 8 years ago

    Love your shop! congrats on the feature!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 8 years ago

    Unique stuff, Congrats!

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 8 years ago

    Awesome shop! Congrats!

  • funflash

    funflash said 8 years ago

    wow, only open a few months and already a featured seller! you're off to a great start! congrats!

  • BloomDesignStudio

    BloomDesignStudio said 8 years ago

    Your passion and love for your life and what you do, clearly comes from a very deep place. You articulate it so well and are an inspiration to me! Thank you!!!

  • artbyheather

    artbyheather said 8 years ago

    Yay! Congratulations on the feature! Great shop!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love antiques. I've turned my studio in an antique shop look-a-like. It really inspired me to create. Great stuff, congrats on the feature.

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 8 years ago

    Wow - very unique & interesting!

  • he6687163

    he6687163 said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your shop! great visual presentation in your photographs. From your interview there is a obvious passion and sensitivity for what you do. Congrats!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 8 years ago

    Very Jungian story box style. Great shop.

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 8 years ago

    Love the great basket!!!! Thank you for sharing your shop and your life with all of us. Congrats on a wonderful interview.

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Absolutely amazing! Congratulations on the feature :-)

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 8 years ago

    Lovely vintage pieces you're selling!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 8 years ago

    A very insightful interview and a gorgeous, rustic shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 said 8 years ago

    Your photographs are JUST GORG. Congrats on FS - I am inspired, lovely interview. HAPPY ETSYING TO ALL X.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    Love your rustic simplicity.

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 8 years ago

    Congrats on feature

  • TheCovetingCrow

    TheCovetingCrow said 8 years ago

    So beautiful and grounded at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyed reading and viewing....what a feast. Congratulations!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 8 years ago

    Awesome, awesome, awesome shop! Loved this interview - congrats! And go NY! :)

  • BunnyRabbitVintage

    BunnyRabbitVintage said 8 years ago

    you are wonderful folks, so happy to get to know you a little better, your shop has always been one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing

  • badcandystudios

    badcandystudios said 8 years ago

    Your items are gorgeous! Congratulations!

  • aspendreams

    aspendreams said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your featured story, you compliment each other well. Your items are awesome and well photographed. Continued success.

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 8 years ago

    Awesome shop. Congrats on the great feature!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very interesting! ~KK~

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 8 years ago

    congratulations! :)

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 8 years ago

    I loved the quote..it was very inspiring

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 8 years ago

    great shop!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great stuff.

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 8 years ago

    really love all the animal theme you have there. very inspiring.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Great shop! Your jewelry is wonderful too!

  • PeaceStitchStudio

    PeaceStitchStudio said 8 years ago

    Incredible shop!! I love your interview, too. I live in the mid-Hudson valley, been to Minnewaska, Mohonk, and the gunks many times. That document box.... what a find! It sounds fascinating. Love the history of the valley. Best wishes to you!

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 8 years ago

    Awsome!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 8 years ago

    Such beautiful collections both in your home and store! Wishing you all the best and congratulations on being featured!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful interview.

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 8 years ago

    Intriguing style! Here's wishing you continued success & fun! xo

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Great shop and interesting story!

  • silverridgestudio

    silverridgestudio said 8 years ago

    Congrats ~ LOVE your photos and the stories they portray!

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 8 years ago

    Great interview! I've coveted items in your shop for a while now. ;-) And as a former K school student who still lives in Ojai, that quote is close to my heart. ♥

  • soberwear

    soberwear said 8 years ago

    very cool and creative

  • pinkflapper

    pinkflapper said 8 years ago

    Really great! congratulations!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 8 years ago

    Your shop is wonderful!!! Love it :) Congrats!

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 8 years ago

    Wonderful collection in your shop. Great description of you creative life. congratulations.

  • SoulSeeds

    SoulSeeds said 8 years ago

    Fantastic interview and gorgeous shop! I see many things I love. Congratulations!

  • mysticrafts

    mysticrafts said 8 years ago

    Great interview:-)Congrats!!

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage said 8 years ago

    love your approach and that story of the document box is great. and it's even better that we're neighbors up here -- the hudson valley turns out to be full of lovely stars!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    GeorgieGirlLLC said 8 years ago

    Congratulations as the newest featured seller! Such talent!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    I love the philosophical approach you have to your work and life, your pieces have a sort of Dada-esque feeling to them!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

    beautiful. :)

  • choisette

    choisette said 8 years ago

    from now on i vow to drop the phrase "sojourn in the woods" into polite conversation at every available opportunity. it sounds way more interesting than "i went camping", and will also make me seem really smart.

  • ephemerascenti

    ephemerascenti said 8 years ago

    truly enjoyed learning about what inspires you and how you express yourselves as individuals, as a couple, and as artists/designers. congratulations on this much deserved feature.

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse said 8 years ago

    Finding great items is an on-going challenge for me. I take to heart your philosophy about an item appealing to you and providing creative aesthetic. enjoyed reading about your journey!

  • dnahedam

    dnahedam said 8 years ago

    Great stuff! I'm new at etsy and I think you guys just gave me a lot of inspiration. =)

  • oilydave2day

    oilydave2day said 8 years ago

    Just incredible, great stuff!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    beautiful

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 8 years ago

    I too love with all my heart old vintage goods. Congrats on the article and your shop.

  • goodwool

    goodwool said 8 years ago

    Wonderfully articulate interview! Beautiful items!

  • oneofakindgiftshop

    oneofakindgiftshop said 8 years ago

    I like your quote about beauty.

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy said 8 years ago

    I love it! Gorgeous.

  • mylittlenaturalsoap

    mylittlenaturalsoap said 8 years ago

    Great Shop!!! Congratulations!

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts said 8 years ago

    Like your finds and jewelry too. Congrats.......

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 8 years ago

    You are so interesting! I love it! Amazing shop...congrats!

  • abolbas

    abolbas said 8 years ago

    Love your shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • FeFeTheGreat

    FeFeTheGreat said 8 years ago

    Great shop! Congratulations!

  • bloominhappy2009

    bloominhappy2009 said 8 years ago

    I love your shop!! Congrats on FS...

  • PrettyPaperz

    PrettyPaperz said 8 years ago

    Love the items in this shop

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    BrandybuckClothiers said 8 years ago

    Lovely portrait and thoughtful interview. A nice read.

  • jjbackman

    jjbackman said 8 years ago

    Congrats and much deserved!

  • MoonSunWorld

    MoonSunWorld said 8 years ago

    congratulations!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 8 years ago

    Congrats great interview and shop

  • greenphilosophie

    greenphilosophie said 8 years ago

    ♥...:)

  • designlipe

    designlipe said 8 years ago

    i love the way your photograph your items. congratulations!

  • memeandmoss

    memeandmoss said 8 years ago

    Unique items! Love your shop :)

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 8 years ago

    love it all ! XXX

  • seasonedantiques

    seasonedantiques said 8 years ago

    Amazing Artistic Talent!!! Beautiful shop! Congratulations!!!

  • chingteoh

    chingteoh said 8 years ago

    Nice read. I love your shop and ideas.

  • TheRetrievers

    TheRetrievers said 8 years ago

    Nice work!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Isn't remarkable to have had an object that still provokes thought and a sense of wonder after it's passed from one's hand many years ago? Cream really does rise to the top. And Krishnamurti, not just a philosopher but a human who became himself on a most real level of being. A true guide. "We had no idea people were painting red polka dots on handmade boxes 200 years ago." Get yourself a copy of Sumpter Priddy's book: American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840. A whole lot more than red dots were being painted on boxes and much. This is my time period, aesthetic. Likely yours, too, among others. Congrats on this very well deserved cameo!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 8 years ago

    lovely creative work

  • joyofvintagewithsam

    joyofvintagewithsam said 8 years ago

    Really lovely! And how lucky you are to have each other to support and inspire....so I'm a little jealous....Keep on beautifying, preserving and creating! Love it

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop layout....great finds!!!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    Like the library file. Great collection!

  • BarbaraWoltmannPhoto

    BarbaraWoltmannPhoto said 8 years ago

    Such great finds! Congrats!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview. Your vintage goods are lovely.

  • adoodle

    adoodle said 8 years ago

    CONGRATS!

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall said 8 years ago

    Fabulous couple...great finds! Congrats on your feature!

  • rins

    rins said 8 years ago

    "..so we have a firm belief in our ability to create our ideal world together, and not merely in the material sense. This belief has been the subject of an ongoing conversation that has spanned 20 years. As artists and makers, we try to bring our perspective on creativity and material processes to the art of living and “nesting.” We need our environment to foster creativity and nurture our curiosities." and : "We feel the recognition of beauty is a profound unifying experience and a fundamental part of our humanity." : ) yes wonderful article and couple! And now I'm going to visit their shop

  • NaturalVintage

    NaturalVintage said 8 years ago

    Great article! Was fun getting to know the "who" behind the "what"!! Really enjoyed it! =)

  • forrestinavintage

    forrestinavintage said 8 years ago

    No trouble identifying that you are intelligent, thoughtful people. Your shop reflects your philosophies nicely. Congrats on being featured, and hooray for vintage sellers far and wide!

  • PaperiePOP

    PaperiePOP said 8 years ago

    so Pretty!

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts said 8 years ago

    Wonderful read!! Congrats :D

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being featured seller. You have such great products. Wishes for many success!

  • Thewomblequeen

    Thewomblequeen said 8 years ago

    It's so nice to hear people who make sense, and that's why I love Etsy! Great article!

  • delightworthyn

    delightworthyn said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 8 years ago

    Very cool stuff!

  • ARTLUX

    ARTLUX said 8 years ago

    b e a u t i f u l . . .

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed your story.

  • littlecrown

    littlecrown said 8 years ago

    What a lovely shop! Thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Thank you!

  • barnheart

    barnheart said 8 years ago

    From your interview, I feel like I have met you two wonderfully creative people! Congratulations, your shop is beautiful!

  • partycraftsecrets

    partycraftsecrets said 8 years ago

    keep following your creativity - it's working!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 8 years ago

    Great interview and feature, love your creativity.... Aloha!

  • inthanonhandmade

    inthanonhandmade said 8 years ago

    Great shop!!

  • stringitalong

    stringitalong said 8 years ago

    Saying hello from Buffalo, great shop!!!

  • LilaClareJewelry

    LilaClareJewelry said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed all you said about being connected - it fills the spirit. Thanks for your work and your words.

  • iktomi

    iktomi said 8 years ago

    I love your crazy-mixed-up vintage finds- nice interview!

  • Suppliesjungle

    Suppliesjungle said 8 years ago

    great shop!!! :)

  • BabyOasis

    BabyOasis said 8 years ago

    thank you for bring back pieces of history, great shop :)

  • Mylana

    Mylana said 8 years ago

    Love the rusty toy truck. Nice feature!

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful inspiration! Congrats and best wishes!

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 said 8 years ago

    Lovely! Completely my style of decor.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 8 years ago

    Love it! Congrats on being featured and your great shop.

  • mohadesign

    mohadesign said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop, gratula!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Wow, such a great eye for detail and neat things! Great work!

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 8 years ago

    very thought provoking

  • fivesisters

    fivesisters said 8 years ago

    “In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.” love this - thank you!

  • SilverSmack

    SilverSmack said 8 years ago

    Great shop!

  • TopazTurtle

    TopazTurtle said 8 years ago

    You have such a quaint and unique shop. Congrats on the feature.

  • Lesha625

    Lesha625 said 8 years ago

    The variety of different things is very interesting.

  • BelowBlink

    BelowBlink said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 8 years ago

    Fantastical feature! Best wishes to you both!

  • Beatrijs

    Beatrijs said 8 years ago

    Different!

  • JMWSilver

    JMWSilver said 8 years ago

    Love your philosophy and the quote by Jiddu Krishnamurti. I guess it comes back to the process of going through life not necessarily having all the answers. Enjoy the process, JMW Silver

  • itselemental

    itselemental said 8 years ago

    "We are designers and thinkers." (Love it)... I enjoyed everything about your interview (and philosophy of life). Very well-written!

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • melissaschmidt

    melissaschmidt said 8 years ago

    inspiring!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 8 years ago

    Your shop is full of interesting finds! What a wonderful story and vision you have.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    congratulations on your feature. You have an inspiring story and a unique eye for life!

  • MyImaginationIsYours

    MyImaginationIsYours said 8 years ago

    what a unique shop, congrats on the feature!

  • MichelleVictoria

    MichelleVictoria said 8 years ago

    thank you for sharing yourselves and for the quote from Kishnamurti- we do hold it all. beautiful shop with amazing finds. i am new on etsy, just setting up shop, and you are definitely another inspiration for me

  • justfewofakind

    justfewofakind said 8 years ago

    great things ! congratulations!:)

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Loving all dem keeys

  • narasaca

    narasaca said 8 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL !!!! :D

  • StraightUp

    StraightUp said 8 years ago

    Astrology isn't real.

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