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Featured Shop: My Little Belleville

Apr 2, 2014

by Michelle Christensen

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Michelle Christensen and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. My shop is called My Little Belleville.

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My father is a diplomat, so I grew up scouring markets all over the world, but mostly in Beijing, China. I got very good at picking out unique items – and bargaining for them too. My house is like a museum with all of the items I’ve collected over my lifetime of travel. I feel like my shop has been a natural evolution of my illustration background paired with my love of discovering hidden treasures.

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I have always drawn, and I knew at a very young age I would do art. I received my BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After school, I moved to Paris, and then back to Utah again. About two years ago, when I first started My Little Belleville, I discovered this French porcelain paint that I could just bake in my oven, and began experimenting with it on dishware I found in stores and thrift shops. I started selling these pieces at this local market here in Salt Lake and that’s when it began.

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My dishes and housewares are just another surface medium for my illustration work. I love drawing people; we are all such interesting, complex beings, and so my shop kind of revolves around this theme of a “persona.” I free-hand most of my dishware and illustration work, though I do sketch out ideas in sketchbooks. I like my lines to be authentic and natural. Sometimes when I redo a drawing, I look at the old drawing and prefer it because of the spontaneity of the lines.

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Since starting my Etsy shop, I’ve sold my work worldwide. I now sell wholesale locally and nationally. As for future goals, I definitely have high ambitions – I want to do more internationally, but I also want to make sure I have a good solid base with my customers. I am looking into hiring more people to help me develop more products because it gets a bit crazy with only me at the helm. I feel very lucky to have this as my full-time job.

All photographs by Matt Clayton.

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Hands of Humanity Silk Blouse
Hands of Humanity Silk Blouse
MyLittleBelleville
$185.00 USD
Custom Ink Portraits
Custom Ink Portraits
MyLittleBelleville
$65.00 USD
Des Fleurs Swimsuit
Des Fleurs Swimsuit
MyLittleBelleville
$118.00 USD
Des Fleurs Skirt
Des Fleurs Skirt
MyLittleBelleville
$180.00 USD
Radish Gardening Gloves
Radish Gardening Gloves
MyLittleBelleville
$28.00 USD
Oval Lover's Eye Ring
Oval Lover's Eye Ring
MyLittleBelleville
$120.00 USD
Lover's Eye Ring (S) Adjustable
Lover's Eye Ring (S) Adjustable
MyLittleBelleville
$95.00 USD
Custom-Ordered Eye Ring (M)
Custom-Ordered Eye Ring (M)
MyLittleBelleville
$150.00 USD
Face Vase
Face Vase
MyLittleBelleville
$39.98 USD
Face Time Sweatshirt
Face Time Sweatshirt
MyLittleBelleville
$85.00 USD
Face Platform Oxfords
Face Platform Oxfords
MyLittleBelleville
$65.00 USD
Custom Wedding Invites
Custom Wedding Invites
MyLittleBelleville
$280.00 USD
Mushroom Figure BackPack
Mushroom Figure BackPack
MyLittleBelleville
$65.00 USD
Bunny Foo Foo Sweatshirt
Bunny Foo Foo Sweatshirt
MyLittleBelleville
$85.00 USD
The Plum Tree Monster- Children's Book
The Plum Tree Monster- Children's Book
MyLittleBelleville
$14.99 USD
Face Throw Pillow
Face Throw Pillow
MyLittleBelleville
$45.00 USD
Gouter Phone Cover
Gouter Phone Cover
MyLittleBelleville
$39.00 USD
I Stand With You Print
I Stand With You Print
MyLittleBelleville
$18.00 USD
Face Me Face Sweatshirt
Face Me Face Sweatshirt
MyLittleBelleville
$85.00 USD
I Stand With You Postcards
I Stand With You Postcards
MyLittleBelleville
$12.00 USD

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