Handmade in Europe – Nature and some dogs and cats

Handmade in Europe – Nature and some dogs and cats
07/17/2018 Rachel
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“Don’t ever tell anyone where you bought something. If you get a complement say, “Thank you. I got it in Europe.”
― Lisi Harrison

 

This quote made me laugh. It’s obnoxious, meant to be snobbish, like name dropping.  And, yet, even if those of us who do not live in Europe don’t travel there, we have access to so much! In Etsy’s early days, Europeans jumped in in full force and it was the first time that I started really seeing products from the former Eastern block. The craft revival has been going strong there for a long time now and I believe that it has a lot to do with the interest in ecology, sustainability and community. Our Artizan members in Europe sure seem to be a testimony to that!  Let me show you around….

 

Denmark

 

Mariann Johansen-Ellis with her dogs.

Mariann Johansen-Ellis with her dogs.

 

Mariann is out often on long walks with her dogs exploring the coast, fields and pathways.  It might be sunny and warm or it could be the bitter winter of the North. They go out.  What she sees along the way makes its way into her art.  Mariann is a prolific printer. Her work is uplifting, celebrates nature, and often brings a chuckle.

Visit her website.

 

Mariann Johansen-Ellis Heads or Tails

Mariann Johansen-Ellis, “Heads or Tails”

 

 

Hungary

Erika's garden in Hungary.

Erika’s garden in Hungary.

 

Erika has so many talents! She knits, crochets, nuno felts, and paints on silk.  Most of what she makes is wearable: jewelry, hats, scarves, shawls and more. She also makes pillows and other decorative items for the home. Very feminine and soft looks.  Lovely.

 

Visit Erika’s website.

 

HEra Made nuno felt wrap.

HEra Made nuno felt wrap.

 

I was curious to see where she lived, so went to Google. Very orderly Hungarian town, lots of farms and green spaces:

Sándorfalva

 

Kata Asmany’s life is full.  As a flautist, she performs with local musicians and then she has kids and outings and travel. She also makes lots and lots of music boxes. Everybody needs a break and for her, nature is the best remedy.

 

Kata Asmany in water.

Kata Asmany in water.

 

Kata Asmany performing.

 

Here’s a video of one of her music boxes:

 

You can play more of them on YouTube and then head on over to Etsy to buy the one you like.

 

 

Latvia

 

Inese Iris Liepina of Wrapture by Inese

Inese Iris Liepina of Wrapture by Inese

You can’t get closer to the earth than Inese Iris Liepina of Wrapture by Inese. She bought a house in the country, a rustic place that is perfect for her. Now she is surrounded by the nature that she loves so much.  Inese knits and has just launched a site where the inspiration she finds outside comes together to inform her color choices for the garment or accessory. Customers can explore her color color library and choose what speaks to them.  Example:

 

Baltic Sea Color Catalog Wrapture by Inese

 

She always has a lot of finished works to pick from, so no need to wait if you want something fast.  Visit her website.

 

 

 

 

Wrapture by Inese sweater.

Wrapture by Inese sweater.

 

 

Tija Viksna is another Latvian goddess!  Her life is also full of art, nature, children, flowers and travels.

 

Tija Viksna with flower children.

Tija Viksna with flower children.

 

Tija is an exceptional crochet artist, driven by color.  Her shop on Etsy.

 

Tija Viksna Tapestry Crochet Scarf

Tija Viksna Tapestry Crochet Scarf

 

 

Estonia

 

Maria Jürimäe with her aussie. Estonia

Maria Jürimäe with her aussie.

Maria Jürimäe paints on silk.  She sings while she paints and calls her business “SingingScarves”. And, singing, for Estonians, is a powerful reminder of freedom and culture.  A bit of history:

 

 

Maria has a well-stocked shop on Etsy.  She also has ties for men and other gift items, so do explore her shop!

 

Singing Scarves - Hand painted silk scarf, Lily of the Valley, blue and white

Singing Scarves – Hand painted silk scarf, Lily of the Valley, blue and white

 

Lithuania

 

JurgaFeltLife Spring in Blossom

JurgaFeltLife Spring in Blossom

 

Jurga has her hands full with three kids and a passion for architecture and felt. The core of her business, JurgaFeltLife, is creating custom slippers and boots. If you want a perfect fit, do a special order.  But, she also has lots of finished ones in her shop on Etsy.   Ah, yes!  There is a dog in this story, too!  🙂

 

Jurga's dog and felt boots.

Jurga’s dog and felt boots.

 

 

Russia

 

Olga lives in a high rise in Moscow.  Some of her photos looking out make me dizzy….  (I’m not good with heights.)  But, her dogs get her out into nature.  Here is Lori, patiently waiting…

 

Olga's dog, Lori. Russia

Olga’s dog, Lori. Russia

Olga Zamyatina’s Wassupbrothers travel all of the world, joining art doll collections or into the arms of kids who will love them.  Olga has a talented photographer husband, Igor, who really brings these little guys to life.  The creatures are all vegan, with no animal products and most of the materials are upcycled.  Visit Olga’s shop on Etsy.

Wassupbrothers Olga with Owl Plush Toys

Wassupbrothers Olga with Owl Plush Toys

 

Scotland

Cally Booker of Bonny Claith also finds inspiration for her weavings in her surroundings, but often it comes from industrial and urban textures she sees in Dundee, Scotland.  She has her shop here on Artizan Made and has regular updates on her website.  We finally have someone with kitties!!

 

Cally Booker's cats.

Cally Booker’s cats.

 

When Cally can get away, she explores small towns and lochs in Scotland.

 

 

If you are local to Dundee, check with Cally about workshops and events.  Here is a video of her studio:

Cally Booker of Bonny Claith - Dundee, Scotland

Cally Booker of Bonny Claith – Dundee, Scotland

 

Cally Booker's Bonny Claith handwoven scarves

Cally Booker’s Bonny Claith handwoven scarves

 

Switzerland

Claudia Jäggi uses embroidery to explore different ideas, many of them rooted in nature. This mixed media piece is an interesting idea, where she used an actual piece of wood to complement her stitching:

 

Claudia Jäggi Textile Art - Wood Stitch Fusion, Sculpture

Claudia Jäggi Textile Art – Wood Stitch Fusion, Sculpture

 

Many of her stitches come from studies she does when in nature:

 

Claudia Jäggi -Inspiration, Switzerland

Claudia Jäggi -Inspiration, Switzerland

 

Claudia with one of her embroideries, blown up to poster size. She did a series of embroideries over photos, very interesting.

 

Visit her website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spain

 

Pamdesign Fish Teapot, Blue

Pamdesign Fish Teapot, Blue

 

Another kitty!  I love this photo because the cat almost seems to recognize a fish in the teapot…  🙂  Pam Marwede lives in Barcelona, Spain. She can basically paint on anything and has worked with many interior designers in the past. Her website has loads of examples of her past work.  Go visit!

Her ceramic work is on Etsy.

Pam and her partner, Wayne, go into nature a lot, hiking, boating, exploring…  They have a dog, too, so she kind bridges our dog/cat members on Artizan!

 

Pam Marwede and Wayne Genthner

Pam Marwede and Wayne Genthner

 

 

Turkey

Turkish Folk Art has an amazing website with vintage textiles and crafts from Turkey.  Vedat Karadag has had a long relationship with different villages and travels extensively.  He lives in Istanbul and leads a textile tour to some of these villages a couple of times a year.

 

Vedat Kardag in Taklamakan Desert, China

Vedat Kardag in Taklamakan Desert, China

The website is full of amazing art that has all of those elements so beautifully rendered in Central Asia.  I love all the curves and Islamic designs…  True craftsmanship!

 

Turkish Folk Art - Iran Qajar dynasty antique copper ewer

Turkish Folk Art – Iran Qajar dynasty antique copper ewer

 


 

How’s that for our little European tour? I hope the biggest message you get from this is that these are all such great people and when you buy handmade, you support small businesses that give back to their communities.

 

Here are some products from our Market, all originating in Europe:

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