You may or may not know that I landed the DREAM job (alongside Cath) of Creative Courage Challenge Mentor for Etsy a few months ago. What does this mean, you ask? Well, it meant that for 6 weeks (or so) I talked to a bunch of local Etsy sellers about what it means to be a creative, the best ways to market creative work, how to get noticed online, the benefits of collaboration and a whole lot more. Like I said, DREAM JOB! (Frankie interviewed me about it here!)
The challenge wound up on the weekend and I thought it would be a great idea to share the work of a (tiny) few of my favourite sellers. Of course, I have always kept an eye on Etsy and shop their regularly, but this program opened me up to a bunch of people I may never have found. I am grateful for that!
I’m also grateful for all the conversations we had over the course of the program – lots of chatter about creative confidence, support networks and the ridiculous amount of tenacity you need to have to make a living out of creativity. These are good things to talk about, right?! I think so.
Here are a bunch of wonderful new friends I made via #EtsyCreativeCourage – check out even more ace graduates on Instagram via the #ECCCGraduate hashtag!
(And if you are reading this and took part in the Etsy Creative Courage Challenge – feel free to leave a link to your shop in the comments and tell us a little bit about what you do!)
Brisbane mama, florist and maker creates these gorgeous hanging vases from their off-the-grid workshop. All materials are either rescued or ethically sourced.
Etsy Store: Kirralee & Co
RMIT graduate, illustrator and textile designer Jane from Doops-D makes a bunch of lovely homewares and accessories out of her Byron Bay studio. I want to GO THERE. I want to hang out and look at all the pretty, stylish, messy stuff!
Etsy Store: Doops-Designs
I am in love with Laurie’s work. I bought a piece from her shop the second I discovered her! (Mine is the koala, but I am also coveting the unicorn ring holder and a sloth!!)
Etsy Store: Yellow Tree Store
Ghify make bespoke furniture pieces from rescued and salvaged materials. They’re based in Brisbane and I really love the kitchen benches they create.
Etsy Store: Ghify
Do you have any local Etsy faves that you’d like to share?
Or maybe you want to share YOUR Etsy shop?! Feel free!
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