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Fan Mail

June 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

A big thanks to Esti for the wonderful ‘Kate’ paper puppet she made for me. It is very special, even more so because it was totally unexpected. I opened my mailbox the other day and there it was – a package from Bilbao.

Eight Etsy Artists You Should Know

March 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s been a really exciting week for me! First I was an unexpected guest on sfgirlbybay where I debuted new photos of my apartment and art, and as if that wasn’t enough of blast, I am also a guest curator on Etsy.

As I’m sure you’ve heard me say before Etsy is an awesome resource for affordable art buyers. There are really talented artists who I uncover on Etsy all the time, but I am often shocked to find that some of the most talented of these artists are not getting much exposure. So my article is called Eight Etsy Artists You Should Know and features the artwork of the following talented Etsy artists who deserve to be recognized.

1. Becca Stadtlander // 2. Ariana Couvinha // 3. Jessica Lucas // 4. Terrence Payne // 5. Estibaliz Hernandez de Miguel // 6. India Richer // 7. Katy Smail // 8. Michelle Ramin

See the rest of the artwork I featured over on Etsy.

I also provided some of my own personal tips and tricks for researching and discovering great art…ds

Tips for Finding Art on Etsy and Beyond:

  • Take a few seconds to bookmark things that catch your attention when you first see them. Those few seconds can save hours when you need to go back to something you saw. I personally like delicious, hearting items on Etsy, Favoritizer (which uses the Etsy API) and Evernote.
  • Your favorite design, fashion, decorating, and lifestyle blogs are great resources for art, so don’t overlook them. Anyone whose aesthetic you admire is a potential link to art you’ll love. I’ve found a lot of really great art on two of my favorite design blogs: Pawling I Print Studio and Seesaw.
  • Take advantage of tools and sites like Etsy circles, Pinterest and Svpply, which leverage the collective sifting of many, many people. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to look through it all yourself!
  • Sign up for the mailing lists of your favorite artists and galleries so you’ll be informed as soon as new work becomes available. Then make sure you manage your mailing lists over time, unsubscribing from those that no longer interest you.
  • Be on the lookout for friends and family. If you come across something online that you think they’ll love, send them a link and hope that they return the favor someday

Esti’s Shop Launch

November 15th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Esti is an artist, crafter and an all-around inspiring person. From her home in Bilbao, Spain she recently launched her e-shop, pintameldia, and is already off to an amazing start!

How long had you been thinking about opening a shop online and what made you finally do it?

I don’t remember exactly when I first thought of opening an online shop, but it must have been when I started to get positive feedback on my artwork and people started asking me about it. This must have happened about two years ago.

Had you already been selling your art and crafts…if so, how (i.e. through your blog)?

Yes, for the last couple of years I’ve been selling stuff I’ve posted about on my blog. People have contacted me through email and that was it.  However, when I launched the “We are a Happy family” card game and project I realized I was missing quite a few sales because not everybody feels comfortable emailing the artista directly. Having a “Buy” button seems to be a better option.

Were there any big obstacles that you encountered while setting up the shop (either logistical or psychological)?

The big obstacle is time. It takes time to photograph the pieces, to write their descriptions (especially if I want to do this in English as well as in Spanish), to think up of how to mail them, how to set the right price, etc.

Time is the key. The shop takes quite a lot of it. Apart from this, I thought it was very easy. Once it’s running you have to keep working on making it better. In my case I don’t feel mine fully reflects my art, because, for instance, it is still missing more of my originals and a bunch of prints that are now in the works. I trust that people who have been following me for some time will see it with positive eyes.

Having now successfully opened a beautiful shop, what are you most proud of?

I’m proud of having the most supportive and helpful team I could: my husband, my friend Jorge and my uncle Antonio. I bomb them with questions, tasks and challenges.
Secondly I am also proud of all the things I’ve learned from scratch in the past few years and of having reached this point, when I can spare time doing what I love doing.
Lastly, I am proud of having connected with people who like what I create.

Artist Crush: Estibaliz Hernandez de Miguel

June 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I confess I have a crush on a really cool and talented Art Hound reader, Estibaliz Hernandez de Miguel. Estibaliz draws, writes and takes photos, sometimes combining all three. She is self-taught and lives in Bilbao, Spain.



I admit I have a thing for self-taught artists like Estibaliz, including art school grads who draw/paint/create like self-taught artists (Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsche and Margaret Kilgallen are two good examples). Self-taught artists possess a freedom with their work that art-school grads rarely do. It’s like a person dancing wildly in an anonymous crowd who suddenly realizes all eyes are on him. When artists are free to create what’s in their mind’s eye, without pandering to the taste of others, they produce work that is, at the very least, genuine and relatable.  .I