How lucky are we to be a part of a convergence of like-minded individuals who create, motivate, share and inspire? Etsy — and this handmade community that we find ourselves in — is much more than simply buying and selling. It’s also about the connections we make. Today Rikkianne, a.k.a. yousentimentalidiot and chakrapennywhistle, shares her experience of a virtual collaboration with another Etsy seller. It’s a reminder of the powerful connections frequently made throughout the community.
I recently stumbled upon a beautiful project from a fellow Etsy seller while browsing Flickr. Lisa of lilfishstudios had combined antique lace and a simple secondhand dress with stunning photography to create a wonderful piece of art.
Photo by lilfishstudios
Lisa’s photograph reminded me of an early American folk art painting and a time when people made their own clothing. I was immediately inspired to incorporate it into my antique diary project. I emailed Lisa straightaway and asked her permission to sketch the dress as I saw it.
Photo by Rikkianne
After I made the two sketches, I mailed prints of each to Lisa as a thank you for sharing. Lisa was incredibly appreciative and wrote beautifully about this connection, stating that “this is what community is all about… a perfect example of sharing inspiration.” Through the course of this exchange, Lisa and I had the chance to get to know one another better. It’s been an incredible experience and motivation to make more connections in a positive way.
In the spirit of our experience, both of us wanted to share our story. Lisa interviewed me about my art project, while I invited my readers to share their stories of inspiration on my blog. The response to both has been incredibly heartfelt. blog reader that commented on Lisa’s post wrote that “one of the greatest gifts in life is the discovery that you inspired another.” That’s what makes our handmade community so special.