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Featured Seller: TM1985

Jan 30, 2012

by TM1985 handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Tielor McBride. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where I grew up in an incredible family of five. I went to college in Cincinnati to study scenic and costume design. My background in theatre design exposed me to so many different time periods of history, cultures of the world and the general human condition. I found that it is so important to not only come up with a good idea and solid research, but to be able to articulate it and understand what goes into the production of it.

After school, I moved to New York and took a job as a window designer at Polo Ralph Lauren. I was in charge of the flagship store and helped design global directives for interior and window displays. The job was totally different than what I ever imagined myself doing. It was like grad school and I learned a lot about the fashion world: the structure of seasonal delivery, scale of manufacturing and global brand presence. I was eventually promoted, but things started to feel stale as the design work left to others and the managerial responsibilities came flooding in.

Just before I left my job in the corporate world of RL, I started TM1985. I made my first Roll Top Backpack in the tailor’s shop of the Polo men’s store. It’s been a little over a year since then, and my bag production has started to pick up. I have a nice sized studio space with some beautiful industrial leather working machines. What excites me the most is that this is only the beginning.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I live in Brooklyn in what used to be an old hardware store and find myself devoting a lot of time to renovating it. Even though it is a rental, I have laid linoleum-checkered tile floors, installed vintage cabinets and shelving, and designed a custom gold-leaf chandelier. I want it to be perfect, but my definition of that is always changing so there is always room for improvement. Having a richly layered atmosphere means a lot to me and serves as inspiration for future projects.

When I can, I enjoy being outdoors, harvesting vegetables in my garden, camping in the Catskills or biking out to Montauk Point. I like to get as much air and sun as possible before I go and bury myself in work again. Cooking dinner every night with my boyfriend (and dog Homer) is something that grounds me and readies me for a long night of cutting and stitching lengths of canvas and leather. We always look for new recipes. Tonight it was borscht, a hardy winter soup made with beets and cabbage. Yum!

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
All I Ever Wanted Was to Make Things and Think About Them. Yeah, I know it’s long, but it’s a simple truth. I’m happiest when I get to make something worth thinking about, worth looking at.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Vintage military, utility and artisan goods often inspire the things I make. I want to live up to the standards of quality and integrity that made the products of yesterday last, things from the golden age of manufacturing that we still can use today. If it lasted this long and has the same striking appeal as when it made, there has to be something there to take a cue from.

What does handmade mean to you?
All things are relatively “handmade.” Even a car on an assembly line has something on it that needs to be done by hand. Working with your hands slows you down in a way that forces you to consider each piece individually, to know the materials and their imperfections. Understanding the variations between components and how they work together as a whole, that is where craft comes into play. If you allow yourself this awareness, you can make careful adjustments to give the piece a uniqueness and specificity. Handmade items set themselves apart because the spirit of the individual is imbued in them.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My great-great-grandfather Christen Hansen made horse harnesses and shoes in Denmark. I recently found a picture of him from 1922, standing in the middle of his shop surrounded by all of his harnesses, tack, boots and tools. The link between the past and the present has always been strong for me. Seeing that old photograph made what I am doing now more meaningful.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
In general, I don’t consider them on the same level. I don’t use the word “artist” lightly, and I’ve got a long way to go before I’m there. I became a maker when I understood that old saying, “If you want something, make it yourself.” I realized it gives you freedom from the conventional consumer-product relationship. I think some people of my generation haven’t recognized that yet.

How would you describe your creative process?
If an idea pops into my head, the first thing I do is draw it. I’ll even just draw a simple outline or silhouette of what I think the object might look like. It is a reminder to go back in and work out the details later when I have more time. Then I sketch, sketch, sketch! Even after I think I have the design down, I tend to vary it slightly and do 10 more sketches just to see what else comes out. I pick the best one and create a rough sample to perfect dimensions, details and fit. I use vintage fabrics for inspiration and shop around for the right leathers, waxed canvases and hardware. After I assemble the final product, I treat the material with wax, dyes or oils to give it a finished polish and personality.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Francis Bacon. I love a messy studio!

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have a beautiful silk quilt my great-grandmother Emma made. The pattern is made up of hundreds of different-colored rectangular blocks laid out in a spiral formation. The quilt is buttery smooth and on the back is the softest gray Scottish flannel.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Sleep! My best ideas come to me when I’m either waking up or falling asleep. It can occasionally be annoying; after a long exhausting day, all I want to do is rest, but as soon as my head hits the pillow and my eyes close, 101 solutions to the day’s creative problems are right there in front of me. I’m driven to get right back up and start working again.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I’d like to be expanding TM1985 into women’s and men’s outerwear, as well as housewares and select furniture pieces. I’ve always been focused on the whole picture of lifestyle design and I want to create products that have rich detail and integrity, something that will become a part of your history.

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  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Beautiful mind; I really enjoyed this interview and amazing craftsmanship to match! ..would love to see what you'd do with mens/womens apparel :)

  • FayesAttic11

    FayesAttic11 said 8 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful! SO many great ideas!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Such beautiful work!!! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 8 years ago

    You inspire me, such wonderful craftmanship and quality!

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 8 years ago

    congrats on being featured artist. truly love the leather wallets. stunning work! best wishes for many more success.

  • plainjbodyandhome

    plainjbodyandhome said 8 years ago

    Lovely interview...may need to pick up one of those wallets for my husband...:)

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 8 years ago

    Wonderful designs!! Great interview! Congrats on the feature!

  • Cinciata

    Cinciata said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! You are truly a gifted craftsman!!! I Love every piece!

  • sommerscoffeeco

    sommerscoffeeco said 8 years ago

    Love your work! congrats on the feature!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    sweetsarahcardsandtr said 8 years ago

    awesome work

  • thetarnishedhalo

    thetarnishedhalo said 8 years ago

    You know you are reading about an artist when you hear this, "I’ve always been focused on the whole picture of lifestyle design and I want to create products that have rich detail and integrity, something that will become a part of your history." Well, Tielor...I believe that you are a part of history! Thrilled for your feature, I was entranced with your interview and could practically smell the leather...thank you for the inspiration! Congrats and wishing you only the best in the adventure of making your big picture come true! Inspired, simply inspired!

  • subtleacts

    subtleacts said 8 years ago

    What a great feature! I love your work!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful. I really enjoyed reading your interview and I know that you love your home and work space it sound perfect!

  • hoakonhelga

    hoakonhelga said 8 years ago

    Really awesome work! Congrats on the feature!!

  • optic

    optic said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. Sounds like you have had some great opportunities. I wish you the best of luck.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    I love the raw nature of your work. My husband uses the same sewing machine - his is a vintage 1930's singer that I got him as a wedding present. Congrats on the feature & best of luck to you. :)

  • sunshineandvodka

    sunshineandvodka said 8 years ago

    Awesome workmanship! You are an inspiration!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 8 years ago

    congrats on the feature... i dont think we see enough features on the men of etsy so it was very cool to read yours! best of luck~

  • cocowagner

    cocowagner said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Awesome workmanship. Love your work! :D

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 8 years ago

    absolutely fascinating! i loved reading how your evolved into where you are today. and your heritage sounds amazing. i hope my kids look at me as inspirational someday! congrats on the feature. best wishes!

  • julsandmaude

    julsandmaude said 8 years ago

    Thanks for helping maintain some integrity in our world!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous bags!

  • amzcreationz

    amzcreationz said 8 years ago

    Great Interview.. congratulations on the feature. Loved your work. So true about wanting to live up to the standards of quality and integrity that made the products of yesterday last forever... thats why handmade is so special. And of course it has a uniqueness and like you said... the spirit of the individual is imbued in them. Wish you all the success!

  • EyeCandyByAmy

    EyeCandyByAmy said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured. Your craftsmanship is incredible!

  • 464Handmade

    464Handmade said 8 years ago

    congratulations on the feature!! i really enjoyed read your interview! love your work!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 8 years ago

    Your work definitely reflects the craftsmanship of days long past. Congrats on being featured!

  • bellehattie

    bellehattie said 8 years ago

    I like that you recognize your grandfather as the inspiration for your fabulous work.

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 8 years ago

    I heart Etsy Men. Great interview. Great work. Best of luck to you : )

  • iamFineArt

    iamFineArt said 8 years ago

    Great looking stuff & story. Best of Luck

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat said 8 years ago

    Great work, congrats. Nice to see a fellow KC born artist & New England transplant featured!

  • duppy1

    duppy1 said 8 years ago

    Dig your stuff! Nice job!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 8 years ago

    Great interview. Very real. I completely agree, that if you want something you have to make it yourself. You make beautiful pieces and congrats on the feature. Best of luck!

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 8 years ago

    Yay! It sounds like your space is wonderful. An old hardware shop with built in shelving and cabinets! Built-in-shelves are the best! I am in Brooklyn too and will mark you as one of my favorites. I especially like your wallets and the idea of a lifestyle brand. The best to you!

  • islandfitz

    islandfitz said 8 years ago

    AMAZING work bud!!!

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 8 years ago

    Also, I forgot to say that I love your Pony Envelope. Don't want to leave that out!

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey said 8 years ago

    such an interesting interview - loved reading about your background and how you came to be where you are. Congratulations on being the featured seller and good luck!

  • divorcecards

    divorcecards said 8 years ago

    tieler- its jessa from mofaa!!! its soo awesome to see you up here! great work. I miss you!! xox

  • FlyingHorseStudio

    FlyingHorseStudio said 8 years ago

    Great interview. I love your pieces...congratulations.

  • HereInSmallTownUSA

    HereInSmallTownUSA said 8 years ago

    Love the All American Flag in the first photograph <3

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 8 years ago

    ooh rustic! congrats!

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work and glad to see an Etsy man! What does 1985 stand for?

  • ForYouDesign

    ForYouDesign said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Best of luck!

  • srings

    srings said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your commitment to quality, which raises the esthetic of any piece. By creating what will last through time you are setting an example of sustainable livlihood. I see amazing things in your future, thank you!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 8 years ago


  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your story and the history of how you've evolved and the journey you've taken so to speak. Had to chuckle you made Borscht soup the people living in our community make this all the time. Beautiful products you make and design and may all your future plans come be fullfilled. Well deserved featured seller as well and congrats to you.


    ESSANEL said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature ! Your bag & wallet designs are amazing ! Good luck in the future !

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Congrats on the feature!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 8 years ago

    Groovy bags!

  • CarryHersByNatalie

    CarryHersByNatalie said 8 years ago

    Your work is great. Your Studio sounds like a place that would be great to work in.

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 8 years ago

    Love your style and your inspiration!

  • GoodAndOld

    GoodAndOld said 8 years ago

    Nice work. Nice interview. What's even better is you are doing what you love and that you recognized it as a young man and went for it! Way to go and good luck to you and your shop.

  • barkdecor

    barkdecor said 8 years ago

    Seriously beautiful work. Love it all. Congratulations and much success!

  • Myflowerhead

    Myflowerhead said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful work... Love the IPad case!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous bags!

  • Silverswanstudio16

    Silverswanstudio16 said 8 years ago

    What wonderful creations and designs! Congratulations from one former Missourian to another!

  • 12thAvenue

    12thAvenue said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, your work is amazing and loved your interview as well.

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and great interview! Congratulations on the feature!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 8 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    You are an inspiration. I really enjoyed reading this article and getting an insight into your life and work. I have always said that it will be young people like yourself who will make the rest of the worlkd realise what is important.

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 8 years ago

    SUPER cool shop, artist and products. LOVE it all. Congrats on interview. xx Emily of EL Vintage

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim said 8 years ago

    I will be watching this shop and the wonderful talent that makes it what it is. This young man has a vision, it will be so inspiring to see it evolve.

  • violintide

    violintide said 8 years ago

    Great work! Congrats on the feature!

  • helenbobelen

    helenbobelen said 8 years ago

    I wish you the most beautiful home and boundless creativity, Tielor. Congratulations...

  • 3crows

    3crows said 8 years ago

    love your work tielor, would like to see more just canvas pieces!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! ~Krista

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 8 years ago

    I love your work! Congrats on the FS!

  • reyespaintings

    reyespaintings said 8 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading your interview! All the best.

  • NaturalandVintage

    NaturalandVintage said 8 years ago

    great products! congrats!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 8 years ago

    I love the classic time worn look to your pieces. You have a great eye!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview!! Your shop is amazing!! Congrats!

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 8 years ago

    Great article! Love the workmanship and mindset you posess. If everyone held these same values we would not have landfills dotting our beautiful country. Congratulations to you - your work is beautiful!

  • lilacopera

    lilacopera said 8 years ago

    I think one of the loveliest things about your shop is that you have a variety of price points, so that even the buyer with the tiniest pocketbook can own one of your stunning pieces! This says something about the kind of artist you are as well. Warmest congratulations on being featured!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Great work! Inspiring story!

  • Paukstukai

    Paukstukai said 8 years ago

    I really love your items, been searching for a beatiful case for my ipad. Keep up the good work :)

  • Paukstukai

    Paukstukai said 8 years ago

    I really love your items, been searching for a beautiful case for my ipad. Keep up the good work :)

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews said 8 years ago

    Congrats to a fellow MidWesterner. Great interview. Love the work.

  • SonAndHeirVintage

    SonAndHeirVintage said 8 years ago

    amazing. congrats on the feature!

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard said 8 years ago

    Your work is amazing! You are very talented! Congrats on the feature!!

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Your work rocks!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 8 years ago

    Amazing!!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 8 years ago

    A very thorough and well-written interview. I absolutely love your shop too! Congratulations on the feature!

  • thehappycouple

    thehappycouple said 8 years ago

    I completely to relate to your comment about wanting to think about the things you've made. That is sometimes as exciting as actually making it, I can become completely distracted just thinking about things I've made and things I want to make.

  • paperdiva27

    paperdiva27 said 8 years ago

    What an interesting interview! Congrats on being featured. Your designs are functional and made with great quality. The reflection of the the past, a simpler time is ever present.

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille said 8 years ago

    Your commitment to quality, workmanship and integrity are inspiring. You can see that ethic shines through in your pieces - which are stunning. I hope you keep expanding your brand!

  • PonieVintage

    PonieVintage said 8 years ago

    fantastic feature!

  • NomadStudio

    NomadStudio said 8 years ago

    Love your products and your shop is beautiful! Also, your interview answers were extremely articulate, poetic and inspiring. Great work all around. :)

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl said 8 years ago

    Love the rustic feel of your pieces, and knowing that you make them in an old hardware store makes me love them even more. I wish you the best!

  • MVDesignInk

    MVDesignInk said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, congratulations on the feature!

  • wavyshell

    wavyshell said 8 years ago

    I can relate to a lot of this...really great interview! m-

  • tuesdaystulips

    tuesdaystulips said 8 years ago

    Stopped my work entirely to read about this craftsman...I'm completely entrhralled...What an inspiration...Wishing Tielor peace and happiness and success ALWAYS...

  • Toozoo

    Toozoo said 8 years ago

    I truely appreciate your life choices you have have chosen to make a difference in the world.....each of us matter to this earth, we each need to upcycle, recycle and end the madness of low grade production on our planet today...yesterday is todays gift..repurpose

  • johnyrocks

    johnyrocks said 8 years ago

    Very nice work. Congrats.

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 8 years ago

    Great interview, love your work! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • TheBerryPress

    TheBerryPress said 8 years ago

    Keep on sewing, Thanks for the article, love your stuff!!

  • TNTees

    TNTees said 8 years ago

    congratulations and wishing you even more success to come

  • BurkeHareCo

    BurkeHareCo said 8 years ago


  • Eccolo

    Eccolo said 8 years ago

    Awesome, awesome story. And products that are just as great. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats!

  • katabeyatunge

    katabeyatunge said 8 years ago

    Just beautiful

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 8 years ago

    Wow, awesome products!! I can't wait to see your women's line. Congrats on your feature and continued success!!

  • darby44621

    darby44621 said 8 years ago

    Great interview; love this work, and this guy... very unique...

  • milkysupplies

    milkysupplies said 8 years ago

    Great story and work, I fell in love with your pieces and your workspace. Wish you a successful life!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 8 years ago

    Nice work - love the insight into your creative process! Keep following your dreams!

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 8 years ago

    Love your products! I wish you much success. Thanks for sharing.

  • klinker

    klinker said 8 years ago

    yeah i'd love for you to make me a rain coat of waxed canvas! with a hood please!:)

  • ziggyscloset

    ziggyscloset said 8 years ago

    Love this interview. I wish he would have written this about himself on his websit vs. the 3rd person bio. Love your stuff!

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames said 8 years ago

    Cool workshop and Great products - love your work!

  • retrosugarandspice

    retrosugarandspice said 8 years ago

    What a great article! Your products are so rich and unique, and I can tell already through the monitor that these are high-quality materials. Great job!

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 8 years ago

    I was just checking out your shop a few days ago...and here you are! LOVE your designs, I think this feature is so well deserved! Congrats!

  • modculture

    modculture said 8 years ago

    Your passion clearly comes through in the interview :) The quote I love the most is " What excites me the most is that this is only the beginning." Good Luck!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 8 years ago

    What a great story. Congrats, FS well deserved!

  • myothermind

    myothermind said 8 years ago

    You are an artist worth reading about. I'm inspired by what you stand for and the values that you have as a person who is an artist. Much success to you on your journey to become the artist you aspire to be. A wonderful beginning indeed.

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop said 8 years ago

    Your work does Christen Hansen proud. Keep it up!

  • gracecreations

    gracecreations said 8 years ago

    I love a messy studio too. Very inspiring interview.

  • lilinspirations

    lilinspirations said 8 years ago

    Great inspiration! Congrats on the feature!

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. I like your determination and work ethic. Very inspiring. Good luck!

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 8 years ago

    Great article. Love your work. I Know what you mean about going to bed at night and 100 creative ideas go through your mind.

  • luamaejewelry

    luamaejewelry said 8 years ago

    Great work through and through! Loved learning about you and your work. All the best with your dreams!

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 8 years ago

    Your work is really beautiful, in a quality, distressed, masculine way. Your workmanship looks top shelf. Continued success in the future! :)

  • MrsNowak7

    MrsNowak7 said 8 years ago

    Absolutely stunning work. Thanks for sharing!

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story ,I just love your work !!! :)

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 8 years ago

    love your work and love your work. so i bought a little something, but will be back for more!!!! i love creative people and i enjoy being around them. One always feels the energy. great work! keep going! congrats!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    love the details in your designs. totally relate to the flood of ideas as you try to go to sleep!! congrats on the feature :)

  • amyandpaper

    amyandpaper said 8 years ago

    Completely inspirational story and wonderfully unique work! Congratulations!

  • TheGypsyShop

    TheGypsyShop said 8 years ago

    Very Inspirational!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 8 years ago

    many more years of success and passionate creativity to you!! So happy to have you as Featured seller!!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Great work ! Congratulations!

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits said 8 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats on the feature and keep creating!!!!

  • AliPearl88

    AliPearl88 said 8 years ago

    I'm so glad you are featured! I just recently bought one of your passport wallets for my brother and it's beautiful.

  • ChangedHeartBeads

    ChangedHeartBeads said 8 years ago

    A beautiul and heartfelt interview. Thank you for sharing. My step father started as a display artist for Belk Leggit's decades ago, and went on to have a very successful sign business in Raleigh, NC. Your story reminded me of him. He's such a perfectionist and strives to do all things by hand, hand lettering, gold leafing, craving etc. He never adjusted to the newer sign business ways, as they didn't feel authenic to him. It seems appropriated that you're working in a field similar to your great great grandfather....makes one wonder if this is generic. I wish you the best with your business, and will continue to look for your new products. Congrats on the article.

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage said 8 years ago

    Tielor, first qudos for being featured you are an inspiration. Someone who really appreciates what came before and respects how it was made with quality and still endures. I marked both your canvas & leather roll top backpack as my favorites, just love them and all your items. Please keep up the great quality products and looking forward to your clothes, realizing good things are worth the wait. Congrats!

  • TabbyRed

    TabbyRed said 8 years ago

    Beautifully made. Congrats on making the brave step from the corporate world to being able to truly have free reign on your creativity!

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 8 years ago

    Tremendous talent. Good luck in expanding TM1985.

  • mostlyart

    mostlyart said 8 years ago

    I truly enjoyed this interview, your writing/speaking is very captivating! Your passion for the work really shows in the pieces you make giving them soul, and clearly every piece will be treasured for many years to come.

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns said 8 years ago

    Nice work! Congratulations!

  • harmonyinlight

    harmonyinlight said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed this interview. It exposed realistic ideas as well as a grace for times gone by. The piece I like the most is the description of your prize, (the quilt). Great interview and great shop.

  • twaniahayesthompson

    twaniahayesthompson said 8 years ago

    You have great talent and wishing you the best :)

  • imtallru2

    imtallru2 said 8 years ago

    Love, love, love your work and items. Army green (aka olive drab) is my all-time favourite color; lucky you, to get to work with all that lovely leather and vintage hardware. All the Best to you!

  • lagoldenbiche

    lagoldenbiche said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff! Congrats!

  • barnheart

    barnheart said 8 years ago

    I love your shop and I really love the canvas tote! Congratulations!

  • EllaJakob

    EllaJakob said 8 years ago

    Wonderful feature. You are very talented. Congratulations!

  • EllaJakob

    EllaJakob said 8 years ago

    Wonderful work. You are very talented. Congratulations!

  • PaperInkPress

    PaperInkPress said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being a featured seller! I purchased your leather passport wallet for my husband for Christmas and he and I both loved it!! Can't wait for an excuse to get more of your awesome goods.

  • AvasYellowRainBoots

    AvasYellowRainBoots said 8 years ago

    Love your angled wallets Tielor, very cool!

  • peshka

    peshka said 8 years ago

    Such a beautiful work!

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 8 years ago

    More than interesting, beautiful work.

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper said 8 years ago

    Just commenting on your interview before I dive into your shop :) Loved what you had to say (especially the part about seeing yourself mirrored in the photograph of your great great grandfather - what a wonderful connection!)- congrats on the feature.

  • HeTouchedMe

    HeTouchedMe said 8 years ago

  • ShylaTroyer

    ShylaTroyer said 8 years ago

    Wanted to tell you -this was good. You are inspiring. Genuine. God made you that way! You are glorifying him with your art! Blessings!

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 8 years ago

    Hi Tielor - Nice work :)

  • CabinCastle

    CabinCastle said 8 years ago

    I love your connection to the past and your excitement about the future. Very inspiring. Thanks!

  • YouniquesRings

    YouniquesRings said 8 years ago

    Wow congrats! Love your product :)

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 8 years ago

    Great, simple line, congratulation.

  • ppappappiyo

    ppappappiyo said 8 years ago

    Congratulations. Great work.

  • OldLadyWhite

    OldLadyWhite said 8 years ago

    Amazing young man! What an inspiring story! Always follow your dreams and never allow anyone or anything to steal your joy! God Bless You and may you have many more creative days ahead!

  • Gelada

    Gelada said 8 years ago

    I really dig your stuff !!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, great interview congrats!

  • moralesnaomi

    moralesnaomi said 8 years ago

    You are very inspiring! Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 8 years ago

    Yeah !!! I love a messy studio too !! Thank goodness Im not the only one !!! Your work is amazing.............. earthy, energizing and organic....................... Keep doing what you love and continued success X

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 8 years ago

    great works! congrats!

  • nicolabaker1

    nicolabaker1 said 8 years ago

    Fab feature and great work.

  • twitchandwhiskers

    twitchandwhiskers said 8 years ago

    I loved hearing about your great-great grandfather. What an amazing connection!

  • slappytheseal

    slappytheseal said 8 years ago

    Loved reading about your great great grandfather and how much he inspired you! Well done!

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet said 8 years ago

    Cooll!! Realy awesome work..Congratulations

  • tiarasnbows

    tiarasnbows said 8 years ago

    Great interview!! Outstanding work! :) CONGRATS!

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 8 years ago

    Please, please, please make a wallet for women! And, have you seen Lucien Freud's rag pile? Another studio to love.

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 8 years ago

    Love what you make , your attitude to handmade and design, congratulations

  • seasonedantiques

    seasonedantiques said 8 years ago

    Amazing!! I love your work and your passion to create!!! Congratulations!!

  • prettydistressed

    prettydistressed said 8 years ago

    Tielor McBride will be a household name someday. Amazing work!

  • todomini

    todomini said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!! Great interview & Beautiful creations!!

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 8 years ago

    Your products are gorgeous and I love your attention to detail in your work and in your thoughtful answers for this interview. Congratulations!!

  • meshedesigns

    meshedesigns said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview, I love the part about your memoir title. I love to create and then ponder about my product. It usually brings me a creative energy, craftsmanship is impeccable. Much success to you!

  • artbitz

    artbitz said 8 years ago

    Very insightful interview, and beautiful work!

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    NicoleNicoletta2 said 8 years ago

    congrats, your shop is wonderful. i think my memoir would have a similiar title.

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 8 years ago


  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic said 8 years ago

    Congratulations... Your work is fabulous! I enjoyed your interview and wish you a lifetime of success and happiness. love the Pony Envelope and iPad case.....Favoring you for future purchases!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 8 years ago

    A maker and a thinker. Nicely done.

  • aliptac

    aliptac said 8 years ago

    You are DEFINITELY an artist! Your work is imaginative, well constructed and beautiful. I wish I could visit your workspace, I'm sure it's very inspiring. Keep up the great work, this is really your niche!

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 8 years ago

    Well done! Wishing you all the best. We liked your products a lot. Many thanks for the intervew. :)

  • BrightonCrock

    BrightonCrock said 8 years ago

    Wow, he really makes some lovely things.

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 8 years ago

    Beautiful craftsmanship & a great interview!

  • wwbc

    wwbc said 8 years ago

    Great work! Terrific interview!

  • pattimendenhall

    pattimendenhall said 8 years ago

    I really admire what you're doing. How great to see someone who appreciates history, aka "his story", and uses it as inspiration to create. I love your vintage Singer, I have one too!! Keep up the great work!!!

  • lovodesign

    lovodesign said 8 years ago

    Great feature Tielor! You are living proof that a great market for quality products exists. Godspeed!

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 8 years ago

    great interview...lovely work!

  • EvyDaywear

    EvyDaywear said 8 years ago

    I really respect that you realized that Polo was no longer feeding your creative mind and you were brave enough to step away from the swaddle of monetary comfort, albeit temporarily to realign yourself to your true purpose. "Bravo" for being true to yourself.

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! beautiful pieces!


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  • Aimeekleejewelry

    Aimeekleejewelry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful work! It amazes me everyday how many talented people there are out there.

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 8 years ago

    Thank you. I really enjoyed reading about your craft and beliefs. Especially about having quality standard and integrity of the products of yesteryear. You are quite a craftsman and an artist to articulate your sketches in finished products. Your studio sounds like a haven...Congratulations on the feature and continued success to you.

  • grandmae1

    grandmae1 said 8 years ago

    Your interview was very nice, the work lovely, BUT you are not a maker...YOU ARE AN ARTIST!!!!! True artists are always improving the space around themselves even when the space is temporary. Your companion must be very proud of you!

  • 3HootStudio

    3HootStudio said 8 years ago

    You have found your calling. Your pieces are timeless. They could have been found in my grandparent's closet or purchased at a luxury leather goods store. Your attention to detail and use of vintage materials is very invigorating. I am inspired to make my own little piece of history. I am torn however, do I make my own wallet or purchase one of yours? Thank you for the dilemma.

  • kararane

    kararane said 8 years ago

    thank You for sharing.. wonderful to know of the detailed process, as well as your commitment to the craft. This is exactly where the return to quality begins.. a 'retro-lution'.

  • hellobinturong

    hellobinturong said 8 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 8 years ago

    great interview - great shop!! congrats!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 8 years ago

    Really beautiful work! Congrats on the feature!

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and post, thank you !

  • YetiShack

    YetiShack said 8 years ago

    Wow! Congrats on the feature! Your work is inspirational and lovely to look at. You can nearly smell the leather and feel the texture through your pictures. Sleep seems to be highly underrated in the creative process - nice to hear it tends to be a solution for you. Love the idea that you are constantly tweaking your surroundings so that the space you create in is one you also find inspirational. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your story!

  • christianesutherland

    christianesutherland said 8 years ago

    Hello Tielor! Loved your style! Congratulations!! I also think about how long my ceramics are going to last when I'm packing them... Hopefully many generations!! Hugs from Arizona!

  • thegirlsmom

    thegirlsmom said 8 years ago

    One of the best featured sellers I have seen! I love that his commitment to quality is priority....its why folks like vintage items so much....they have stood the test of time! best of luck!!

  • TheWinglessDesigns

    TheWinglessDesigns said 8 years ago

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Gotta love the Pony Envelope - wow! Well done.

  • cratgo

    cratgo said 8 years ago

    last image is flipped, pretty sure,

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 8 years ago


  • BonTons

    BonTons said 8 years ago

    Great feature, love your work!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 8 years ago

    Love your article. Beautiful work, and I wish you all the best!

  • redbarnmarketplace

    redbarnmarketplace said 8 years ago

    "all i've ever wanted to do was make things..." Loved your interview! And love that you are from KANSAS CITY - Im in Ct now but KC at heart! congrats on your feature and I wish you much success!

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Love your work! Best wishes and keep up the great work!

  • MIDesign

    MIDesign said 8 years ago

    I totally enjoyed reading about your life and really like your interview quote. I wish you the very best of success with your venture. Mel

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery said 8 years ago

    Wow! I'm blown away. Your work is exquisite. I am from and still live in Kansas City. Kansas City - "The Show Me State". Keep "showing" your awesome talent and beautiful workmanship. I will definitely support you as an artist and native of this great city.

  • kristinlarsonjewelry

    kristinlarsonjewelry said 8 years ago

    Incredible! What you are doing is really something special. Congrats on the feature; it is well deserved. Your story is great and your work is stunning. I love how your work harkins back to your past. Beautifully done! I will certainly spread the word. Best wishes for a fruitful future! Now off to share your work on facebook...

  • MoonSunWorld

    MoonSunWorld said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Many blessings of success

  • PassingMomentPhotos

    PassingMomentPhotos said 8 years ago

    An awesome story! Good luck to you in your future and thank you for the inspiration!

  • TLCLyn

    TLCLyn said 8 years ago

    I appreciate that you appreciate the value of craftsmanship. Thank you for adopting the ideal that something made should be treasured and should last. Great Success to you in your future!

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    harajukuchic said 8 years ago


  • Corvid337

    Corvid337 said 8 years ago

    would be nice if Etsy featured one of the 'little people' on here for once, instead of sellers who don't really need the feature...

  • filmshirley

    filmshirley said 8 years ago

    It's great to see someone who really does nice work and is able to talk about their work intelligently. I love your wallets!

  • ruchla

    ruchla said 8 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • wire4653

    wire4653 said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured artist!! You are truly inspiring and have a wonderful vision for your future. Best of luck to you!!!

  • Nicoleyy1221

    Nicoleyy1221 said 8 years ago

    wow. It's so great. I like your leather work.

  • SweetmadeCosmetics

    SweetmadeCosmetics said 8 years ago

    Fantastic....have fun creating!

  • mycrochetgarden

    mycrochetgarden said 8 years ago

    Enjoyable and interesting read. Kudos for being strong enough to leave a job that was not making your soul happy. Love the first picture of you and your work space. You're quite handsome. Thank you for your candor and honesty. I think you will be quite successful in your craft, for many reasons. May you be richly blessed.


    BANJOandBONE said 8 years ago

    very inspirational read, TM1985. I loved your comment about the link between the present and the past. I also found out not too long back, that way down my family line, the first of my surname on record was a shoemaker from Amsterdam. I wish you all the best!

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    bogARTstudiogallery said 8 years ago

    love your lifestyle design approach, and your stuff, it's awesome.

  • MotsDots

    MotsDots said 8 years ago

    You are an absolute DOLL... such a thoughtful and insightful person. I loved reading about your shop, but mostly I loved reading about YOU and the way you think and create. Fascinating! (And your boyfriend is one lucky dude!)

  • WeAreCreatures

    WeAreCreatures said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work. Great Interview! All the best, Ev & Em

  • juliacakevintage

    juliacakevintage said 8 years ago

    I agree with myvintagecrush up above! Your work is really beautiful. . .and additionally, I bet you could REALLY knock us out with some womens leather bags! I hope to one day see them. It was really great to read your story. :-)

  • TidbitsOfColor

    TidbitsOfColor said 8 years ago

    Looks like nice pieces you make. Sounds fun to be renovating your apt. Even that is being creative.

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 8 years ago

    Loved the photos and the interview is super interesting... I agree with you, sleep is such a good way of freshing up! very nice thing, loved the wallet and the Tote bag! :D good luck! your work is amazing! would love to see your houseware line! :D

  • aspendreams

    aspendreams said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your feature. I wanted to read it before it went off the front page, but I found you anyway. You have very nice quality pieces.

  • gypsumrose

    gypsumrose said 8 years ago

    love it, and understand what you mean about sleep! congrats, well deserved :)

  • junkgarden

    junkgarden said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story and great craftsmanship! Congrats on the feature!

  • tasteen2000

    tasteen2000 said 8 years ago

    Genius! And, such a great intellect with a pefect vision. Very inspirational!

  • InSearchOf

    InSearchOf said 8 years ago

    Tielor!!! omg are u serious! I cant believe this when I scrolled down and saw you featured...incredible really and a brilliant interview...guess we know who the next RL will be, so proud of you! <3 <3 <3 much success and happiness always!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 8 years ago

    Love your work! Congratulation!

  • willclock

    willclock said 8 years ago

    My dream studio!I think that here I will improve the efficiency of 30%! If your sewing machine is again old,I think it's perfect!Try hand sewing,It's pure bliss,but it is time consuming

  • willclock

    willclock said 8 years ago

    Supplement:Every day I spend 1 hours in tidy up my studio!Awful!

  • AZALEAstudio

    Azalea from AZALEAstudio said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and what an insightful person. I'm older and i don"t think i have it figured out as well as him! I'm near Kansas City...hello from the Midwest!

  • YellEureKa

    Mena N from MyFlowerWorld said 8 years ago

    I love your work !! And I TO get the best ideas as soon as my head hits the is always at night!!!

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiff Alaine from TiffAllyB said 8 years ago

    Great interview and wonderful style. I grew up with the "if you want something make it yourself" attitude, and totally get that unconventional way of thinking. Those bags make me want to put a camera and a journal/sketchbook in them and go on an adventure. p.s. Is it just me or does that first picture look like Ashton Kutcher? Not that it matters. Just sayin. :)

  • geobellv

    Georgia from geobellv said 8 years ago

    Very beautiful work. It's inspiring to see that there are people out there who really love making things with their hands.

  • torcdesigns

    Josh Williams from TorcEmporium said 8 years ago

    Sweet! Love the interview and the artists' work.

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