Etsy Made Local 2017

So. How’s the Christmas prep going? Please don’t tell me you have everything wrapped already!?

This year I’m really making the effort to buy well-thought-out gifts from local sellers and small online businesses. I talked about this recently on Instagram, as I hate the thought of pumping my hard-earned pennies into the pockets of faceless, tax-dodging megacorps (not to mention filling the house with more stuff we don’t really need or want!).

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I wrote about about Not On The High Street founder Holly Tucker’s #campaignshopsmall, and I totally get where she’s coming from.

So if, like me, you’re looking to buy a bit more mindfully this year, focusing on supporting small businesses and choosing gifts which really mean something and bring a genuine smile and long-lasting pleasure to your recipients, then please consider heading to your nearest Etsy Made Local event this year.

 

2079_EML_UK_17_Digital_FB Post 3There are Etsy Made Local events happening in 40 locations across the UK this December (1st to the 3rd). The great thing about them is they’re organised by Etsy sellers themselves (I’m a Leader of Etsy’s Team York!), so they’re truly grassroots. Us Team members volunteer our time and energy into making our Team’s Christmas Markets an event to remember, offering stalls filled with fantastic handmade and vintage goods, craft supplies and gifts to suit the most discerning of shoppers. It’s just like browsing Etsy, only in actual real life!

You can find a list of locations across the UK for this December’s Etsy Made Local fairs here.

Team York’s event is at St Sampson’s Church, a gorgeous old church in York’s city centre. York is so beautiful at Christmas, so if you can make it through, you’d be so welcome! On both days, we’ll have goody bags to give away to the first 50 adults through the door, so make sure you’re there well before 10am if you want to snap one up!

Melissa Holmes of HolmesMadePapercuts at the Etsy Made Local Christmas Market in York, December 2016

My stall at the 2016 Etsy Made Local Christmas Market in York

I’ll be attending on the Sunday with a range of lovely gifts, cards and original papercuts – there’ll be something to suit all budgets. Across the weekend you’ll be able to shop from a huge range of sellers; this year Team York members are offering everything from Liberty-print bowties and hand-dyed yarns to unique baby clothes, amazing hand-crafted jewellery and hand-thrown ceramic mugs shaped like skulls! Seriously – something for everyone. Plus you get to meet with the Etsy sellers themselves, and view and handle their beautiful products for yourself.

For your convenience, you can pay for your purchases by card or cash, and we even have a fabulous photo booth this year so you can get a few fun snaps with your shopping companions! And if that’s not enough, you can also enjoy delicious cakes and refreshing drinks at the venue’s cafe. What’s not to love?!

Oh and you get to meet the Leaders and Captain of Team York. And you’ll probably agree, the less said about that rowdy bunch, the better…!

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If you can make it to our Christmas Market here in York (and if yes, please click “going” here, and share with your friends!), or to whatever Etsy Made Local event is happening nearest you, please do go along and support your local indie businesses… We’d all be super chuffed to see you. And if you can’t make one, keep your eyes peeled for free shipping offers from your favourite Etsy shops (almost as good as being there…).

Happy shopping!

Love,

Melissa x

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Holmesmadepapercuts is on Etsy!

After almost four years of creating my hand-drawn, hand-cut papercuts and lovely printed products, I’m thrilled to let you know I’ve now created a shop on Etsy.

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Etsy is one of the world’s best known marketplaces, and it brings together creative entrepreneurs like me with lovely shoppers like you. Since being founded in 2005, Etsy has grown to have 1.4 million active sellers (I’m a little fish in a huge ocean of talent!) and a huge 20.8 million active buyers. It’s a safe and secure method of shopping online, and I’m pleased as punch to be part of it.

For now, I’m maintaining my website at www.holmesmadepapercuts.com while I shift everything over to Etsy and decide whether to do away with my old site and stick with just Etsy, or if to maintain both sites at the same time. Bear with!!

Right now you can order a small selection of fine art prints, a bunch of beautiful originals and my fabulous printed mugs, notebooks and greetings cards. You’ll also find my Beginner’s Papercutting Sets and a new addition – papercutting templates, for those of you who’re keen to try your crafty hand at my designs (instant download templates will be available soon, all templates are for personal use only).

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Of course, much of my time is still taken up with wonderful bespoke commissions, which are an absolute privilege to cut, and I’ll soon be adding slots for these to my Etsy shop once my order books are a little quieter. In the meantime, you can always email me to reserve your own commission slot via hello (at) holmesmadepapercuts (dot) com

I’ve also joined my local Etsy Team, so expect to hear news in the future about local events I’m taking part in alongside fellow Leeds-area Etsians.

I hope you like the new shop and find buying from it a pleasure! I’d love to hear your thoughts, so if you have any comments or suggestions (be kind, I’m completely new to Etsy!), I’d love to hear them.

That’s all for now,

Melissa

All images and words © Melissa Holmes :: holmesmadepapercuts, unless stated/otherwise credited. Please do not use, alter, copy or redistribute without my prior consent.

WORKSPACE WEDNESDAY :: KIM ANDERSON ARTIST

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Brighton-based artist and illustrator Kim Anderson is known for her bright, bold and whimsical creations, filled with sparkle and love. Hallmarks of her style include the use of beautiful papers, the application of inks and paints in jewel-like colours and the build-up of stunning texture.

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As well as glorious original art works, which she sells via her Etsy shop (keep an eye on her Facebook page for announcements of sale times, as originals sell out in seconds!), Kim’s work is also available to buy in a number of different formats. Her card ranges, which are licensed by the likes of Woodmansterne and Phoenix Trading, have been shortlisted in the finals of the prestigious Henries Awards, the highest accolade for design talent within the UK card industry. Her work is also reproduced in the UK, Europe and US as wall art, tea towels, gift wrap, wallpaper and even embroidery kits, plus she’s been featured in publications like Homemaker. Not only is Kim extraordinarily talented, she’s also a rather wonderful human being, with a rather gorgeous workspace. Here’s the lowdown…

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Tell us about your workspace.

I live in a Victorian flat and the lounge is very big and so my workspace is situated in a corner of this room. I love it because we have huge windows with wonderful views.

What about the furniture in your workspace?

I have a large desk from Ikea which is always clean and white for my work. I love my vintage-style pots – I find them at boot fairs and use them to store my pens and tools. I also have a lovely upcycled wooden wine case from Baxter & Snow which is perfect for all my inks, washi tapes and glitters. And a fab pink suede swivel chair which I love!

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And decoration?

Twinkly – very important! 🙂 I have some rice lights which hang by my desk, they give a soft white glow. I also have lots of art work on the walls from my favourite artists.

What does your workspace mean to you? (escape, professional place, special place, your own space?)

All of the above! 🙂 I love my space and time flies when I sit here and create.

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Do you have any rituals or habits when it comes to your workspace and your working day? 

I need everywhere to be tidy as I my work is so intricate, small and clean. I can’t focus if my home is not tidy. I love to not rush but to instead enjoy the process no matter how long one of my designs takes… If I feel stressed or rushed I believe my trees are not as magical and precious. I often have David Attenborough on the TV, I find his nature documentaries very soothing to listen to. And frequent cups of green mint tea are needed.

What are your likes and dislikes when it comes to your studio?

I love my huge clean white desk from Ikea, it’s perfect for my art. I love working from home too. Least favourite is… I don’t think I have one to be honest!

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That’s good! So do you have any plans for the future of your work area?

Not at the moment, maybe in the future if we move I shall have a different studio set up. But for now, I feel lucky in our home and where my workspace is.

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To find out more about Kim’s work and for links to all her social networking sites, check out www.kimandersonart.co.uk

GET INVOLVED!! Don’t forget, if you’re a creative and you’d like to get involved with Workspace Wednesday to show holmesmadepapercuts blog readers your corner of the world, get in touch!

© Melissa Holmes / Holmesmadepapercuts. All images © Kim Anderson Artist & Illustrator.