An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
09 Jun 11

jeez vanilla

Jeez Vanilla is Adriana Bellet’s line of decorated ceramics and paper goods.  An illustrator from Madrid, her latest ceramic collection Retro People is inspired by vintage photographs of people she found at a local flea market.  Simple yet intriguing.  Buy from her Etsy store or check out her blog.

 

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30 May 11

skinny laminx

Skinny LaMinx is the fabric design label of Heather More from Capetown, South Africa.  Her style is minimal, retro and a little bit quirky.  Buy tea towels, napkins, cushions or the occasional dress for very small girls from her Etsy shop or her SA locals’ shop.  Or you can order the raw fabric to make your own creation.  Or follow her blog.  Or see for yourself what inspires her in the Etsy Handmade Portrait film about her.  So many options!

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24 May 11

weaselfactory

The Weaselfactory make very cute and affordable laser-cut jewelery and housewares.  Lots of different colours and styles in their store (plus custom orders) available in both acrylic and wood.  These rings are called Oh, Happy Day / Oh Crappy Day, the idea being you can adjust them according to your mood.  Buy from their Etsy store.

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10 May 11

peace bomb

Not just any bracelet, the Peace Bomb bracelet is made from reclaimed artillery metal dropped on Laos during conflicts in the late sixties and early seventies.  The bracelets (there are two styles and also garden-marker spoons) are made by local artisans and part of the buy back the bombs initiative to raise money for clearing unexploded ordnance and awareness to ban cluster munitions.  Purchase also supports local communities and independent artisans.  Yay!

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30 Apr 11

celinda.ceramics

Celinda Versluis of celinda.ceramics in the Netherlands collects vintage ceramics and repaints them with charming illustrations.  She favours minimalist and modern graphics, often with one of her four French ladies, Les Belles Dames, and you can clearly see the care and patience she puts into each piece.  Buy one (or more) from her Etsy store.

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04 Apr 11

esther coombs

Love Esther Coombs’s work.  She does hand-drawn illustrations on vintage dinnerware and textiles.  All are done in pen and ink style and most are of buildings or architectural features.  All made in the UK.  Read more about her and her technique on her website or buy from her Etsy store.

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21 Feb 11

in my backyard

Handmade designer brooches, bags, pouches and paper products from In My Backyard from way down south in New Zealand.  Follow her blog or buy her treasures on Felt and Etsy.

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14 Feb 11

martice

Martice is a busy student at Leiden University in The Netherlands who makes cute stuff in her spare time.  Most of her items are knitted, including these charmingly simple textile necklaces.  She also makes laptop and iPod cozies, ceramic tile earrings and knitted pears!  Find her on Etsy and Dawanda.

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07 Feb 11

trixiedelicious

Cheeky New Zealand artist Trixiedelicious vandalizes crockery from all eras.  No plate or cup is safe from her irreverent calligraphy.  So if you like your dinnerware with a touch of Tourette’s, or want your gravy boat inscribed with the name of a popular poison, buy some on Big Cartel, Etsy, Felt or follow her blog.

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20 Jan 11

jessalin beutler

Seattle-based artist Jessalin Beutler has a background in drawing and printmaking, which informs her geometric, graphic style.  What is really special about her t-shirts, tanks and sundry textiles is that she hand paints the designs.  Something special awaits you at her Etsy store.

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