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Featured Shop: Ellen Giggenbach

Mar 23, 2015

by Ellen Giggenbach

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! My name is Ellen Giggenbach, and I create joyful art in the form of prints, paper craft kits, sewing kits and scarves. I work from my home in Eastbourne, New Zealand, a lovely seaside village near our capital city.

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I’ve always been drawn to arts and crafts. I fondly remember the many happy afternoons I spent with my mom and sister drawing, sewing, and knitting jumpers, and art was by far my best subject at school. Inspired by a Matisse poster on my wall, I began experimenting with hand-cutting colored paper. My favorite part of the process was creating simple, graphic shapes; I also loved the spontaneity of being able to move elements around to form surprising color combinations. After studying graphic design in Vienna and New Zealand, I went on to work in advertising as a freelance graphic artist. And after that, I became a mum to two gorgeous sons.

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I always knew that I would pick up my scalpel and work with cut paper again one day, and that time finally came when my boys started school. Suddenly, I found that I had enough hours in the day to work on reigniting my passion, so I created a few pieces of work and posted them on my blog. Even though some time had passed, my passion for color hadn’t faded; I was pleasantly surprised to see that other people liked my work, too. I opened my Etsy shop soon after and was delighted to receive my first orders. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Whenever I see a heart, a bird, a vase, an animal – even a hot air balloon – I imagine what it would look like if it were made of paper. When I’m ready to create, the next step in my process is playing around with paper, scissors and sticky tape until the image is exactly how I envisioned it. I like challenging myself to design each of my paper sculptures so that they are as simple as possible to make.

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Recently, I’ve been adding more and more detail to my art digitally, which has given my designs a whole new element that I love. I am also currently working on a new range of DIY sewing crafts and cushions, and I’ve just completed my first collection of colorful scarves. I’m excited to know that there are many more ideas just waiting to pop into my head — and I am always so happy to know that someone, somewhere in the world, is having fun cutting and folding my creations.

Follow Ellen Giggenbach on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and on her blog.

All photographs by Ellen Giggenbach.

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Wild Coast 4, New Zealand, NZA118
Wild Coast 4, New Zealand, NZA118
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$18.00 USD
Wild Coast 1, New Zealand, NZA103
Wild Coast 1, New Zealand, NZA103
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$18.00 USD
Wild Coast 3, New Zealand, NZA105
Wild Coast 3, New Zealand, NZA105
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Wild Coast 2, New Zealand, NZA104
Wild Coast 2, New Zealand, NZA104
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Hector's dolphin in the Wellington harbour print, NZA112
Hector's dolphin in the Wellington harbour print, NZA112
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$18.00 USD
Kiwi Summer, print, NZA90
Kiwi Summer, print, NZA90
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$18.00 USD
New Zealand Tui, bird,  print, NZA52
New Zealand Tui, bird, print, NZA52
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New Zealand Saddleback,print, NZA88
New Zealand Saddleback,print, NZA88
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Mr Kereru print, NZA61
Mr Kereru print, NZA61
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New Zealand Tui, black and white heart, with bright red, print, NZA36
New Zealand Tui, black and white heart, with bright red, print, NZA36
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braver, stronger, smarter, loved, print DES78
braver, stronger, smarter, loved, print DES78
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I am proud to be me, print, GEO82
I am proud to be me, print, GEO82
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Ruru heart, New Zealand Morepork, print, NZA48
Ruru heart, New Zealand Morepork, print, NZA48
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Landscape, New Zealand Kereru, print, NZA40
Landscape, New Zealand Kereru, print, NZA40
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New Zealand forest friends, horizontal print, NZA89
New Zealand forest friends, horizontal print, NZA89
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New Zealand Tui in Flax, print, NZA7
New Zealand Tui in Flax, print, NZA7
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Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand, NZA96
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand, NZA96
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Small birds of New Zealand, Titipounamu, Rifleman, print, NZA107
Small birds of New Zealand, Titipounamu, Rifleman, print, NZA107
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Australian Cockatoo, print, DES73
Australian Cockatoo, print, DES73
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Mr Toucan, jungle print, DES60
Mr Toucan, jungle print, DES60
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New Zealand Fantail print, NZA6
New Zealand Fantail print, NZA6
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Harmony print, GEO34
Harmony print, GEO34
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Affinity print, GEO30
Affinity print, GEO30
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Harmony 2 print, GEO39
Harmony 2 print, GEO39
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Equilibrium print, GEO40
Equilibrium print, GEO40
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New Zealand Saddleback (native bird) print, NZA92
New Zealand Saddleback (native bird) print, NZA92
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Mountain biker print, GEO50
Mountain biker print, GEO50
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Skier on geo mountain, GEO32
Skier on geo mountain, GEO32
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Mountain climber print, GEO13
Mountain climber print, GEO13
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Cheeky New Zealand Piwakawaka, print, NZA44
Cheeky New Zealand Piwakawaka, print, NZA44
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Cheeky New Zealand Tui, print, NZA46
Cheeky New Zealand Tui, print, NZA46
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Cheeky New Zealand Kereru, Wood Pigeon, print, NZA45
Cheeky New Zealand Kereru, Wood Pigeon, print, NZA45
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Small birds of New Zealand, Toutouwai, Robin, print, NZA106
Small birds of New Zealand, Toutouwai, Robin, print, NZA106
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Train adventure, DES3
Train adventure, DES3
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Native New Zealand Kowhai flower, NZA63
Native New Zealand Kowhai flower, NZA63
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Be who you are print, DES61
Be who you are print, DES61
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Landscape Penguin, print EGA62
Landscape Penguin, print EGA62
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New Zealand Folk Tui NZA9
New Zealand Folk Tui NZA9
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Folk Tui, NZA28
Folk Tui, NZA28
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Folk Kiwi NZA21
Folk Kiwi NZA21
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Australian Kookaburra, print, DES75
Australian Kookaburra, print, DES75
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Rosella, print
Rosella, print
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Balloon adventure, DES45
Balloon adventure, DES45
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Little Miss Kitty cat, DES30
Little Miss Kitty cat, DES30
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Red heart with birds and flowers, Print, DES41
Red heart with birds and flowers, Print, DES41
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Nikau and Tui, NZA84
Nikau and Tui, NZA84
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Piwakawaka in the evening sun, NZA67
Piwakawaka in the evening sun, NZA67
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New Zealand Flora and Fauna print, NZA122
New Zealand Flora and Fauna print, NZA122
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New Zealand Shag print, NZA82
New Zealand Shag print, NZA82
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Pretty rabbit and Piwakawaka, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES43
Pretty rabbit and Piwakawaka, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES43
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Transportation print, DES22
Transportation print, DES22
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Reaching for the moon print, GEO38
Reaching for the moon print, GEO38
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Morning at Ocean Beach, New Zealand Landscape, print,NZA2
Morning at Ocean Beach, New Zealand Landscape, print,NZA2
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Midday sun on the coast, New Zealand, print NZA35
Midday sun on the coast, New Zealand, print NZA35
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Evening on the Farm, New Zealand print, NZA18
Evening on the Farm, New Zealand print, NZA18
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The quieter you become, the more you can hear print, GEO35
The quieter you become, the more you can hear print, GEO35
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Enjoy your own company print, GEO36
Enjoy your own company print, GEO36
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Landscape Pukeko, NZA75
Landscape Pukeko, NZA75
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Ruru, New Zealand, Morepork, print, NZA17
Ruru, New Zealand, Morepork, print, NZA17
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$18.00 USD
New Zealand Pukeko with flower crown print, NZA99
New Zealand Pukeko with flower crown print, NZA99
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$18.00 USD

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