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Postcard From Europe #12: Upcoming Etsy Events in Europe

Sep 23, 2010

by matt 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

Heidi Oktoberfest Lederhosen Costume for Dogs
Heidi Oktoberfest Lederhosen Costume for Dogs
The Key To My Heart Forgives...... Walnut Lasercut Key
The Key To My Heart Forgives...... Walnut Lasercut Key
tea cup brooch
tea cup brooch
Rainy Day - Large illustrated Moleskine journal
Rainy Day - Large illustrated Moleskine journal
weave - hand screenprinted fabric in teal blue on oatmeal
weave - hand screenprinted fabric in teal blue on oatmeal
big - chain and plastic summer necklace
big - chain and plastic summer necklace
cloud no2
cloud no2


  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 5 years ago

    go europe! love the totems at the treat collectives maze exhibition.

  • marceletbobine

    marceletbobine said 5 years ago

    Loving the rise of the UK! Tonight's craft party maybe, definitely to the craft market at the VAC on 30th Oct, am busy sewing in anticipation!

  • sewnewthings

    sewnewthings said 5 years ago

    How exciting! When are we getting some events like this in Sydney (Australia)??

  • SoleDeVita

    SoleDeVita said 5 years ago

    Pleeeeeese Etsy!! Come to Latvia! :))

  • SpacejamHandmade

    SpacejamHandmade said 5 years ago

    how wonderful!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Looks like great fun wish I could join in! Hope all you other European folks have a fab time : )

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Yeah go Europe ! Cheers from Paris !

  • UltimateOrganicSoap

    UltimateOrganicSoap said 5 years ago

    Great piece - when are Etsian Admins coming to Scandinavia for a visit? There's lots of us here that would love to meet up with you. :)

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 5 years ago

    You guys look busy, but like you are having fun. It makes me feel like I am a part of something big...I love it!!

  • Galavant

    Galavant said 5 years ago

    Busy busy - I would love to visit the Etsy labs in Berlin. Hopefully I'll make it over (from London) sooner rather than later!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 5 years ago

    It does seem BIG!

  • treemooncrafts

    treemooncrafts said 5 years ago

    That's great! Would love to attend such meeting, especially here in Poland. Maybe one day...? Love from Warsaw, Klara&Maks

  • sadiie

    sadiie said 5 years ago

    Go Europe go! Greetings from Prague

  • gilat

    gilat said 5 years ago

    I would love to visit you in Berlin. But, as you guess, I can't now But tell me something else. When there is going to be something like this in Israel?

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 5 years ago

    Wonderful! Go Europe!

  • floria

    floria said 5 years ago

    Would like to attend a meeting in Barcelona some day!

  • GloamingDesigns

    GloamingDesigns said 5 years ago

    oh drat - the paris event is full! hope there's another sometime - i wanna come!! :) fabulous job Etsy!!!!!!!!!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    These events look great. To all who attend: enjoy!

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 5 years ago

    Go Europe! Greetings from Romania! ;-)

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 5 years ago

    Love these Etsy labs, folks getting together, being creative and sharing their skills with one another. And I love the Etsy labs- sign in the windows of that beautiful building! thanks for sharing.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    Those look like wonderful events!

  • nomilktoday

    nomilktoday said 5 years ago

    :):) greetings from Greece!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    Wow! Would love to be there.

  • toosis

    toosis said 5 years ago

    Great Article, Best Wishes from Istanbul

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    Looks like lots of fun! And some wonderful handmades featured.

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 5 years ago

    NORWAY map Viking scarf LONDON scarf

  • Iovelycrochet

    Iovelycrochet said 5 years ago

    Great Article!

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 5 years ago

    bon voyage to anyone going there! CHARLES DICKENS EAT LOVE PRAY, Italy illustrated vintage book BRITAINS LANDMARK BUILDINGS & LANDSCAPES vintage illus books:

  • asiakomarova

    asiakomarova said 5 years ago

    yahoooooooooooooo!!!yahhhoooooooooooooooo!!!! see u in a.dam!!!

  • supplier

    supplier said 5 years ago

    istanbul meeting was great I wish that everybody can see istanbul

  • dollyfeatures

    dollyfeatures said 5 years ago

    Oooh I'm coming tonight to the craft party, and looking forward to the market at the VAC in October too :D

  • pasin

    pasin said 5 years ago

    It was a wonderful meeting in Ä°stanbul, yes everybody must see.

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to see that new space in Berlin!

  • psarokokalo

    psarokokalo said 5 years ago

    great post!!! thank you so much for including me!!!!

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem said 5 years ago

    Yaaay Europe:) We had a very exciting and fun meeting at Istanbul! Nice article! Thank you:) Best wishes from Istanbul!

  • SheepishYarns

    SheepishYarns said 5 years ago

    Wow! there are so many great events happening all over Europe, I wish I could get to London and take part as it sounds like its going to be brilliant.

  • mostlysundays

    mostlysundays said 5 years ago

    Would love to check it out myself!!

  • mostlysundays

    mostlysundays said 5 years ago

    Awesome - have a friend going to Germany this week - would love to go too!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 5 years ago

    Amazing! Cute finds, btw!

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 5 years ago

    Marie, it was so nice to see you in Istanbul,unfortunately I could not join you ,I hope next time:)

  • 123SUNSHINE123

    123SUNSHINE123 said 5 years ago

    great to see its all happening in europe, any etsy sellers in the hague?

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 5 years ago

    oh bummer, completely missed the brand and marketing workshop. Sounds like it was fantastic. Looking forward to other events!

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns said 5 years ago

    Would so love to spend some time in my mom's homeland! Hope the event is successful

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    The Etsy globe is spinning. How exciting!

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 5 years ago

    great post~

  • britishvintage

    britishvintage said 5 years ago

    It's good that you're organising all these events, but they all seem to be focussing on crafts and hand-made. Please don't forget about the Vintage sellers here on Etsy!

  • bidesign

    bidesign said 5 years ago

    wonderful .

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 5 years ago

    Love the iPad leather sleeve! Looks like everyone had so much fun or will be having lots of fun.

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 5 years ago

    Makes me wish I was in Europe! Eileen...

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 5 years ago


  • SASessories

    SASessories said 5 years ago

    this is fabulous! wish i could attend!!

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 5 years ago

    Hey Marie! It was a big pleasure for me to meet you in our magical city Istanbul! Viva Etsy Europe!

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 5 years ago

    oh my gosh a rabbit on a bicycle!!!!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Sent the link to the Oktoberfest Dashound to my friend :) :)

  • meherio68

    meherio68 said 5 years ago

    Mmph!... One of the very, but very, few times I've regretted leaving Paris for Bordeaux.

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 5 years ago

    sounds like so much fun. wish i could cross the seas to get there.

  • Woolmint

    Woolmint said 5 years ago

    It's such a fun that you have so many events in Europe and that Etsy thinks this part of the world is important too! Please consider organizing something in Finland or Sweden (I even don't hope you come to Estonia), so this part of the Europe could join too! Or Latvia, Lithuania maybe?

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing Matt! Wish I could come, no chance, but I do not give up, I will make it one Day!!!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! I wish I could join in!

  • BlueEyedNightOwl

    BlueEyedNightOwl said 5 years ago

    I'm coming to the Amsterdam meet tomorrow, so excited, my very first offline Etsy-thing:)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    I'd love to join in, too. Best wishes for all the coming events!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 5 years ago

    Very cool wish you all a lot of fun!

  • SevimsDesign

    SevimsDesign said 5 years ago

    so beautiful !

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 5 years ago

    Hoooray! I love hearing how the European Etsy world is doing, always. It's so cool to see international meet ups too. Ps-that cake looks delicious. Sounds like lots of awesome things are afoot and ahead. Most excellent. Cheers all!

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes said 5 years ago

    Oh, WOW! Greetings from Croatia!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 5 years ago

    It was really pleasure to participate "Istanbul Etsy Meeting" and it was really great to meet Marie! By the way, yeah cake was really yummy! :) Go Europe Go!

  • evihan

    evihan said 5 years ago

    it was nice to see you Marie...

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 5 years ago

    I'd live ti get a chance to be at one of these event. Hope there will be one in Israel soon!

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 5 years ago

    Love that adorable tea cup brooch!

  • deutscherblogg

    deutscherblogg said 5 years ago

    It was very nice meeting all of you! All my best wishes from Berlin!

  • sunrei

    sunrei said 5 years ago

    I wanna work for Etsy in Berlin! Are you hiring?

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