My name is Amelie Mancini, and I’m a painter, printmaker and designer. I’m originally from France, but I’ve been living in New York City for ten years.
I went to school for design and fine arts at the Sorbonne in Paris. I started off as a painter, but selling paintings is difficult work. After a few years alternating art jobs and waiting tables, I decided to explore new, more affordable ways to sell my artwork. At the time, I had recently discovered baseball and was fascinated by baseball cards, so I picked up printmaking and started making my own baseball cards using linocuts. That was the beginning of Left Field Cards, my collection of tees and baseball cards that I still make to this day. The cards took off pretty quickly, and eventually I quit my job as a studio assistant to run my business full time.
I really enjoy printmaking, and after the success of Left Field Cards, I realized that I could grow beyond baseball cards by creating new designs to be printed on fabric or leather. I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate art in everyday objects, so I decided to create some repeat patterns with linocuts and then screen-print them on fabric. My patterns show my love for the botanical realm: cacti, ferns, as well as Greek amphoras and leopards chasing antelopes. I started with a few tea towels and napkins, then expanded my line to include pouches, pillowcases and bags.
What started as a one-woman side-project has grown over the years into a fully-functioning business with a staff, a strong online presence, and a growing retailer list, which still sounds pretty incredible to me. The daily reality of running a business has plenty of ups and downs and takes a lot of hard work, and I’m so proud I’m doing it.
Unlike a lot of makers here on Etsy, I didn’t start with an Etsy shop; I had my own website and was able to generate traffic and sales through my Instagram account, where I share a lot of behind-the-scenes photos and process shots. To be honest, I didn’t really “get” Etsy at first. I had a few friends who had been selling on Etsy for a long time, and they all encouraged me to give it a try. When I did, I quickly discovered how inspiring and supportive the Etsy community is, and I’m really happy to have found such a special place. It’s a wonderful platform to grow a business and make connections with like-minded people, and it helped me reach new audiences and grow my business. Etsy Wholesale also makes it super easy for stores to place orders.
This coming year brings a lot of new and exciting challenges to my business: we’re working to expand our wholesale presence, continue running both Etsy and web shops, and develop new prints and products. Oh, and I really, really want to make some time for painting, too!
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Maker portrait by Arden Wray; ink process photo by Jen Causey; all other images by Amelie Mancini.