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Featured Seller: vladmaster

Jun 25, 2006

by vladmaster handmade and vintage goods


Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Vladimir and I live in Portland, Oregon. I am a projectionist at a non-profit cinema called the Northwest Film Center. I also work in a small print shop. I love old machines, particularly machines that can be broken down into a string of causal relationships by following one belt, gear, or cam to the next. The sorts of machines that are on a long slow fade into obsolescence.

I like small things and value attention to detail. Sometimes I build simple circuits. I most enjoy creating things that are somehow interactive and have a moving or technical aspect to them.

The best gift that I ever received was a Holga camera.


What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

I have a very crafty mother, so I have been making things by hand for about as long as I can remember. I couldn’t tell you what the first thing was I made by hand. I know I did a lot of counted cross-stitch at a very young age and later I enjoyed making paper castles and pop-up cards.


What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I love the anarchic world of infinite possibilities that is present in the very first cartoons. When watching something like a very early Felix the Cat movie, you can feel the animator’s joy in exploring and inventing a world where every visual pun, every visual possibility, can be made literal.

I don’t know exactly where the ideas for the stories that I tell come from. They tend to be suggested by found objects. I try to tell stories which emphasize the importance of the commonplace and the easily ignored. I hope they might suggest being more mindful of what one passes by.


What are your favorite materials?

Small things and overlooked things.


What is your favorite color?



Any tips on selling handmade stuff?

Make a web site. It is the best way to present your own information exactly the way you’d like it seen. It also becomes a perfect place to send anyone who might be interested in your work. And you will discover all sorts of odd sub-segments of society who are absolutely delighted to stumble across your site.


Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I ride a bicycle. I read. I do crossword puzzles. I visit the nickel arcade to drive the virtual semi truck. I hope to teach myself more computer programming languages. I am interested in trying to make small simple elegant computer games.


How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?

I am very new to Etsy and still so in awe of the near-infinite backwards time spiral that I cannot even begin to imagine improvements.

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