Awhile back I pitched an article to Etsy admin about introducing our Artisans Gallery team here on Etsy by using the artisans' own voices and studio photos. It grew to become a piece about what it means to be an artisan and make pieces one at a time, hand by hand.
(photo above, lulubugjewelry)
Look for it Friday on the Etsy blog, The Storque. I'm thrilled that Etsy has been covering other parts of the locavore, handmade movement on the blog - their Eatsy articles are fabulous, some of my favorites. Writing this was fun, and a little nervewracking. We have abundant talent on this team. That's quite an understatement.
What I like most about the article is how each of the featured artists and Artisans Gallery team members offered up a piece of themselves in their photo choice and personal insight into life as an artisan. Some spoke of the passion they have for their art, others linked their skill back to other similar craftspeople from millenia past. One artist carefully explains why she is a designer-artisan, not an industrial designer. Others point to the beauty in the process towards a piece, rather than the end in itself. One poignant comment is about how the artist's work centers her and brings her love, which she then turns around and pours into her pieces.
Many buyers from around the world are seeking out genuinely handcrafted pieces of the highest quality, pieces with an original style and voice made by hand. One at a time. Our team is like a worldwide, vetted gallery. It was a joy and honor for me to write about the work of the team in the Storque. Thank you for letting me tell your stories.
Here are some more beautiful studio photos from artisans on the team.