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Postcard From Europe #12: Upcoming Etsy Events in Europe handmade and vintage goods

September 23, 2010
Berlin, Germany

Dear Friends,

Guten tag from Berlin! Oktoberfest is upon us, and while the rest of Germany is busy drinking maß and eating brezn, we have been criss-crossing Europe, holding events, meeting with Etsy members, and spreading the Etsy vibe to shoppers from Dublin to DÄ…browa Górnicza.


Etsy Meet Up: Istanbul, Turkey

Marie: I had always wanted to visit magical Istanbul, and I was quite pleased to become the community coordinator for Eastern Europe. I recently went on vacation there and used the opportunity to organize an Etsy meet up. It was a pleasure to meet many talented Turkish artists, some of whom had traveled great distances to be there. After discussing topics ranging from marketing your Etsy shop to the unique situations facing artists in Turkey,  we all had a bite of the super tasty Etsy cake they had so thoughtfully prepared. Istanbul is yummy!

Art Opening of Mazes by the Treat Collective: Berlin

Matt: We recently moved to a larger office space directly next door, and in doing so expanded both the size and the programming at the Etsy Labs Berlin. To celebrate the grand re-opening we held a party to open a new exhibition of the Treat Collective, a group of London animators and illustrators. The exhibition featured animation, sculpture and illustration from Danny Boyle, Robin Bushell, William Crook, Matt Layzell, Julia Pott and Alex Robinson. Mazes, their first gallery show, is an amalgamation of their interests in illustration, the moving image and the general premise that peoples’ lives are spent looking for things that they can’t find.

Other recent events in Berlin included a screening of Food, Inc., a weaving workshop, and a storytelling and branding discussion.

Marketing and Branding Workshop: London

Photo from istolethetv

Amity: Last week’s Branding & Media sweat lodge — ahem, workshop — in London’s fabulous Drink, Shop & Do turned out to be so popular that it became standing-room only! Matt’s sharings were received with great enthusiasm, and a large number of the attendees were sweet enough to let us know just how fired-up they were as a result on the UK Facebook page. As promised, we’ve made Matt’s notes from the talk available for download.


September 23, 2010 – VAC Etsy Craft Party: London, UK 7 – 9 p.m.

Amity: Chat with fellow crafters, delight your senses in exhibitions and keep your hands busy at the Craft Stations, which will include projects such as bookmaking, felting, jewellery making, crocheting, and knitting.

Find it at the Visual Arts Centre, Brentwood Road, Romford, Essex. Here’s a handy map. The closest train station is Romford, easily accessible from Liverpool Street and Stratford. From Romford station, it’s a short walk or bus ride to the venue.

More info and RSVP to

September 24, 2010: Etsy Meet Up in Amsterdam, Netherlands at 7:30 p.m.

Join Matt and Benedikta for drinks and snacks at Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel. During this informal gathering, Matt and Benedikta will discuss Etsy’s micro-business summit taking place in Berlin this spring.

The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy,
Oostelijke Handelskade 34
1019 BN Amsterdam, Netherlands

September 28, 2010: Craft Night Marionnettes à doigts in Paris, France at 6 p.m.


What is it? A creative workshop using new supplies from Petit Pan. Myriam de Loor, Petit Pan’s designer, will assist you during the event. 
Where is it? The workshop will be held in Paris (12th district between Bastille and Gare de Lyon). The address will be disclosed to the participants via email.

How can I participate? Seats are limited and registration is mandatory. RSVP by filling out this form.


September 30, 2010: Running a Creative Business in Germany with Gila Von Meissner, Berlin, Germany at 7 p.m.

Benedikta: During the workshop we’ll discuss the rules and regulations of running a business in Germany, talk about the various ways to tackle your handmade project, and give the participants a checklist of aspects to keep in mind when researching their individual situations. We want to ensure that running your own handmade business does not remain a pipe dream. RSVP here.

Etsy Labs Berlin
Ritterstrasse 12-14, Im Hinterhof
10969 Berlin

We’ve got a very full schedule in October, too. Stay tuned for updates. Until then, enjoy a large beer for me.

Alles Gut, Matt

Past Postcards From Europe