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Featured Shop: Yellow House Handmade

Apr 22, 2015

by Erin Berkowitz

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

I’m Erin Berkowitz, the owner and designer behind paper goods line Yellow House Handmade. I live in Los Angeles and work out of a studio in the arts district in downtown LA.

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My background is in creative writing and graphic design. I’ve always been a letter-writer and card-sender; after leaving my 9-to-5 a couple years ago, I craved working with my hands and knew I wanted to create a line of handmade paper goods. I took a one-day screenprinting class at a local art store on a whim, and I immediately fell in love with the raw, hands-on process.

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The writer in me often steers my creative process. A phrase or sentiment will pop into my mind, and I immediately break out my sketchbook to jot it down and start hand-lettering. When I’ve settled on a final sketch, I’ll scan it in, touch it up, and outline it digitally. The screens I use for printing are then “burned” with these finalized designs in negative, and ink is pulled through the open parts to make a print, almost like a stencil. I hand-pull all of my prints, and each ink color requires an additional pass.

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Etsy has been an integral part of my growth from hobbyist to full-time screenprinter and business owner. My designs would not have fallen into so many hands without Etsy’s wide reach. Seeing what my peers are creating and selling has been a huge source of motivation and inspiration, and hearing feedback from my customers is by far the most fulfilling part of owning my business.

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This year, I’m hoping to add a selection of screenprinted gift wrap and textiles to the line. I’m also planning for a 2016 debut at the National Stationery Show. That will be my first trade show, and it will introduce Yellow House Handmade to a wider wholesale audience – both in the US and internationally.

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Photos by Jessica Castro.

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To The Moon & Back Choker - Charm Card - gold - friendship necklace - bridesmaid gift - birthday card - best friends - bff - love
To The Moon & Back Choker - Charm Card - gold - friendship necklace - bridesmaid gift - birthday card - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
I Bite Enamel Pin
I Bite Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Psychoactive Plants Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
Psychoactive Plants Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
YeahRightStudio
$20.00 USD
Moon Stone Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
Moon Stone Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Poisonous Mushrooms Bandana - neon pink - burnt orange - 70s - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - psychedelic - floral
Poisonous Mushrooms Bandana - neon pink - burnt orange - 70s - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - psychedelic - floral
YeahRightStudio
$20.00 USD
Peace & Joy - Christmas card - Holiday - crescent moon - screen printed - hand lettering - calligraphy - hanukkah
Peace & Joy - Christmas card - Holiday - crescent moon - screen printed - hand lettering - calligraphy - hanukkah
YeahRightStudio
$4.00 USD
Aquamarine Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - march birthstone
Aquamarine Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - march birthstone
YeahRightStudio
$18.00 USD
Quartz Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
Quartz Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$18.00 USD
Hot Mama - Baby - Mother's Day - congrats - funny - pregnancy - screen printed - funny - modern - white on kraft
Hot Mama - Baby - Mother's Day - congrats - funny - pregnancy - screen printed - funny - modern - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Jade Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
Jade Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
You Got This - Encouragement - Good Luck - blank - funny - cute - friendship - screen printed - bff - modern - white on kraft
You Got This - Encouragement - Good Luck - blank - funny - cute - friendship - screen printed - bff - modern - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
California Screen Print - 5x7 - Poppies - original screen print - ooak - state flower - california poppy - kraft - orange
California Screen Print - 5x7 - Poppies - original screen print - ooak - state flower - california poppy - kraft - orange
YeahRightStudio
$8.00 USD
Lapis Lazuli Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
Lapis Lazuli Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Happy Birthday & Many More  - Birthday - plants - garden - screen printed - botanical - modern - house plants
Happy Birthday & Many More - Birthday - plants - garden - screen printed - botanical - modern - house plants
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Chase Your Dreams Print - 8.5x11 - Dreamcatcher - screen print - kraft - inspirational - art - bohemian - natural - rustic
Chase Your Dreams Print - 8.5x11 - Dreamcatcher - screen print - kraft - inspirational - art - bohemian - natural - rustic
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Illuminati Member Enamel Pin
Illuminati Member Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Onyx Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
Onyx Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
California Succulents Journal - Large - Moleskine Cahier - cactus - state art - screen printed - mint green - kraft
California Succulents Journal - Large - Moleskine Cahier - cactus - state art - screen printed - mint green - kraft
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Mistakes Enamel Pin
Mistakes Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Joyful Holiday Wishes - Holiday Card - Christmas - white on kraft - screen printed - hand lettering - calligraphy - mint
Joyful Holiday Wishes - Holiday Card - Christmas - white on kraft - screen printed - hand lettering - calligraphy - mint
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
All is Calm, All is Bright - Holiday Card - Christmas - white on kraft - screenprinted - hand lettering - calligraphy
All is Calm, All is Bright - Holiday Card - Christmas - white on kraft - screenprinted - hand lettering - calligraphy
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Merry & Bright - Holiday Card - Christmas - white on kraft - gold - screen printed - calligraphy - southwestern - aztec
Merry & Bright - Holiday Card - Christmas - white on kraft - gold - screen printed - calligraphy - southwestern - aztec
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Rose Quartz Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - love - valentine
Rose Quartz Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - love - valentine
YeahRightStudio
$18.00 USD
Thank You - Native Graphic Pattern - southwestern - screen printed - boho - rustic - modern - white on kraft - thank you note
Thank You - Native Graphic Pattern - southwestern - screen printed - boho - rustic - modern - white on kraft - thank you note
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Amethyst Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - february birthstone
Amethyst Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - february birthstone
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Holiday Tree Branches - Christmas - New Years card - Holiday - botanical - screen printed - calligraphy - shimmer opal
Holiday Tree Branches - Christmas - New Years card - Holiday - botanical - screen printed - calligraphy - shimmer opal
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
s . w . a . k .  - Love Day Card - Valentine - Sealed with a Kiss - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - heart
s . w . a . k . - Love Day Card - Valentine - Sealed with a Kiss - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - heart
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
You Did It! - Blank Card - Congratulations - graduation - stationery - boho - rustic - modern - arrows - white on kraft
You Did It! - Blank Card - Congratulations - graduation - stationery - boho - rustic - modern - arrows - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Labradorite Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - birthday - bridesmaid gift - best friends - bff - love
Labradorite Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - birthday - bridesmaid gift - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
You Are Powerful Choker - Charm Card - lightning - gold - friendship necklace - bridesmaid gift - encouragement - best friends - bff - love
You Are Powerful Choker - Charm Card - lightning - gold - friendship necklace - bridesmaid gift - encouragement - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Geometric Native Pattern - Blank Card - Thank You - stationery - screen printed - kraft - boho - modern - white on kraft
Geometric Native Pattern - Blank Card - Thank You - stationery - screen printed - kraft - boho - modern - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
You're a Gem  - Love Day Card - Valentine - Friendship - gem - coral - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - bff
You're a Gem - Love Day Card - Valentine - Friendship - gem - coral - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - bff
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
California Card - Succulents - Screen Print - A2 - original - ooak - cactus - kraft - mint green - natural - rustic
California Card - Succulents - Screen Print - A2 - original - ooak - cactus - kraft - mint green - natural - rustic
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
DGAF Cigs Enamel Pin
DGAF Cigs Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Rose Quartz Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - love - valentine
Rose Quartz Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - love - valentine
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Thanks Mom - Blank Card - Mother's Day - screen printed - hot pink - modern - thanks - thank you - calligraphy - neon
Thanks Mom - Blank Card - Mother's Day - screen printed - hot pink - modern - thanks - thank you - calligraphy - neon
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
You Are Magical - Blank Card - Birthday - love - thank you - bff - screen printed - unicorn - funny - modern - white on kraft
You Are Magical - Blank Card - Birthday - love - thank you - bff - screen printed - unicorn - funny - modern - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Dude. Happy Birthday! - Birthday - man - dude - funny - bff - screen printed - funny - modern - white on kraft
Dude. Happy Birthday! - Birthday - man - dude - funny - bff - screen printed - funny - modern - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Psychoactive Plants Letterpress Print - made in LA - handmade - gold and black - 70s - psychedelic - classic - floral - bouquet - mushroom
Psychoactive Plants Letterpress Print - made in LA - handmade - gold and black - 70s - psychedelic - classic - floral - bouquet - mushroom
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Poisonous Mushrooms Riso Print - made in LA - handmade - neon pink - forest green - 70s - psychedelic - funky
Poisonous Mushrooms Riso Print - made in LA - handmade - neon pink - forest green - 70s - psychedelic - funky
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Native Plants of California Screen Printed Cotton Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
Native Plants of California Screen Printed Cotton Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
YeahRightStudio
$20.00 USD
Symbols of LA Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
Symbols of LA Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
YeahRightStudio
$20.00 USD
We Were Together - Love Card - Valentine - Walt Whitman quote - screen printed - kraft - literary - typewriter
We Were Together - Love Card - Valentine - Walt Whitman quote - screen printed - kraft - literary - typewriter
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
I'm So Glad You Were Born - Blank Card - Birthday - love - thank you - bff - screen printed - congrats - funny - modern
I'm So Glad You Were Born - Blank Card - Birthday - love - thank you - bff - screen printed - congrats - funny - modern
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
California Screen Print - 5x7 - Succulents - original screen print - ooak - cactus - kraft - mint green
California Screen Print - 5x7 - Succulents - original screen print - ooak - cactus - kraft - mint green
YeahRightStudio
$8.00 USD
Do You Like Me? Check One  - Love Card - Valentine - Anniversary - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - kids
Do You Like Me? Check One - Love Card - Valentine - Anniversary - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - kids
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Crystals - Blank Card - Thank You - stationery - screen printed - kraft - boho - rustic - modern - amethyst - hippie
Crystals - Blank Card - Thank You - stationery - screen printed - kraft - boho - rustic - modern - amethyst - hippie
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Birds of a Feather Choker - Charm Card - gold - friendship necklace - bridesmaid gift - birthday card - best friends - bff - love
Birds of a Feather Choker - Charm Card - gold - friendship necklace - bridesmaid gift - birthday card - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Moonstone Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
Moonstone Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - bff - love
YeahRightStudio
$18.00 USD
Crystal Formations Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
Crystal Formations Bandana - screen printed - 100% cotton - made in the USA - los angeles - california
YeahRightStudio
$20.00 USD
Charged Up Enamel Pin
Charged Up Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Thriving Enamel Pin
Thriving Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Irrational Enamel Pin
Irrational Enamel Pin
YeahRightStudio
$12.00 USD
Fortune Favors the Brave - Blank Card - Encouragement - Graduation - Congrats - Quote - antlers - kraft - manly - rustic
Fortune Favors the Brave - Blank Card - Encouragement - Graduation - Congrats - Quote - antlers - kraft - manly - rustic
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Be in Love with Your Life - Blank Card - Encouragement - Graduation - Kerouac Quote - arrow - screen printed - kraft - rustic
Be in Love with Your Life - Blank Card - Encouragement - Graduation - Kerouac Quote - arrow - screen printed - kraft - rustic
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Citrine Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - birthday - bridesmaid gift - best friends - november birthstone
Citrine Choker - Crystal Card - friendship necklace or bracelet - gold - birthday - bridesmaid gift - best friends - november birthstone
YeahRightStudio
$16.00 USD
Amethyst Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - february birthstone
Amethyst Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - february birthstone
YeahRightStudio
$18.00 USD
Citrine Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - novmeber birthstone
Citrine Crystal Choker Necklace on Silk Cord - friendship bracelet - gold - bridesmaid gift - birthday - best friends - novmeber birthstone
YeahRightStudio
$18.00 USD
Forever  - Love Card - Wedding - Valentine - love - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - hand lettering - rustic
Forever - Love Card - Wedding - Valentine - love - screen printed - kraft - cute - modern - hand lettering - rustic
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD
Happy Birthday Darling - Birthday - sweet - bff - screen printed - funny - modern - white on kraft
Happy Birthday Darling - Birthday - sweet - bff - screen printed - funny - modern - white on kraft
YeahRightStudio
$5.00 USD

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