March 2, 2010
Greetings from Berlin. I’m back at Etsy HQ after Benedikta and I spent the weekend diving head first into Finland and splashing vowels everywhere. On Thursday night we had the great honor of spending a few hours with a talented group of Finnish makers. We gathered in a lovely little cafe on the Bulevardi and were thrilled as the number of Etsy artists grew and grew. All said and done, about 40 people gathered. (That’s more Finns than they have in an aquarium.)
I started the evening by discussing our efforts to internationalize the site. As the case has been in the other cities we’ve visited, the biggest stumbling blocks for our European community are currency, shipping and payments — all issues we will address as we work to make Etsy more global. Thankfully for us, the Finns speak English better than the Queen herself, as I do not immediately envision a Finnish translation of the site.
I was soon upstaged by a round of show and tell, during which these Nordic masters shared their creations with one another. I’ve posted a bunch of photos from the event on Flickr, but here is my favorite:
Surely, the best part of working at Etsy is almost always being surrounded by so many talented women.
I encourage you all to check out these great artists from Finland:
TooBerry, marjanetti, kukkilintu, annielina, Toyboxarts, Miaudesign, MurDesign, Garbagebag, stellakim, OutsaPopTrashion, Barbaershop, kristakeltanen, Ninnukka, MOIMOIbarcelona, bykatealexandra, tiiart, SunFlowerWoolart, karuski, ioulia, Tuuni, yaoyaozy, Accessorius, vaisto, BambiRiot, ullamaaria, Muusa, Succaplokki, syko, Artfreakz, Vietto
About Postcards from Europe:
Berlin-based Etsy Admin, Matt and Benedikta send postcards back to the Etsy offices in Brooklyn updating us all on Etsy’s European operations. We never know from where they will be sent, what they’ll say, or how they’ll say it (video, song, photos, interpretive dance).