Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Etsy Australia Design Awards

As you would know by now, I’m a huge fan of Etsy. Not just because it is a never ending source of gorgeous wares from across the globe, but also because of the way Etsy promotes and shares the wonderful creativity of its sellers.

This year Etsy Australia has teamed up with Inside Out Magazine to launch the Etsy Design Awards. The winners have the chance to win a trip to Etsy's headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and be featured in the December issue of Inside Out.

There are so many wonderful entries, but here are my top five…

Hello Pants. The brain child of a Townsville based mum and graphic designer, Hello Pants is a collection of vibrant, quirky and fun art prints. So cute, and so many wonderful designs to choose from.

Foreply. Sunshine Coast based Carl Holder is passionate about furniture design with integrity, and enjoys working with local sustainable materials. His furniture pieces are created with personality, the idea being that they offer both a sculptural and playful functionality.

Fizzy Lime Creative. This lady is bringing crafting back, with a modern twist. Stunning hand woven lamp shades, wall hangings and banners in the most wonderful vibrant colours.

Maze and Vale. The most beautiful collection of screen printed fabric designs. The designs are originally created as sketches or carved block prints. They are then hand screened using custom mixed, environmentally friendly, water based textile inks onto hemp, organic cotton and linen.

Olive and the Volcano. Wife and husband team Jo and Andy handcraft paper goods such as notebooks, gift cards, gift tags and prints. Each piece is made on their 1956 Heidelberg Windmill Platen Press, using handmade plates, and trimmed using their vintage guillotine. A true example of old school hand crafting.

You can view all the finalists here, and go into the draw to win a $250 Etsy gift card by voting for your favourite entry.

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