Shop name: Ottoman
Shop address: http://www.ottoman.etsy.com/
My name is Summer and I currently live in Southern Oregon with my hubby and little boy. I have a BFA in sculpture and printmaking.
My favorite materials are: roving, yarn, felting needles, cork, ink, paper, fabric, my wood burning pen, embroidery floss, printmaking plates and hand-cut stamps, beeswax and seeds
After having my son, I found that what I did for fine art was too messy to work on with my baby around. I later found out about Etsy through Dwell magazine, and about the same time, was introduced to needle felting (and was trying to find a way to make an ottoman that looked like a rock covered with moss...which resulted in the Moss Collection). So, I realized that if I can work on something basically in my lap that can be put away easily (ie. needle felting), I could make stuff to sell on Etsy and have a much needed creative outlet.
The first thing I made:
I'm not sure, but I do remember finger painting in preschool with finger paint made, I think, with starch.
What's new and exciting in my store:
My Cork Collection! I was trying to come up with a new collection based on something that was really environmentally friendly and came up with cork. I learned from the WWF website that buying cork actually helps save cork forests which employs thousands of people because cork is harvested by hand and cork forests are also habitats for endangered animals and endemic plants. Here's more info
My favorite item:
I really don't have a favorite item...I love them all.
I think people should buy handmade because it not only helps individuals rather than corporations, but handmade items are made with a lot of care and love.
Be sure to visit Ottoman's shop ! Get a free bonus treat with any purchase over $15 until the end of March 2008; just enter the code tomatebonustreat in the note to seller when you check out.