Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Etsy, isn't it?

It's amazing what you can find on Etsy. There are some lovely handmade items that would make fabulous gifts for a friend or oneself. The Etsy shops that I'm featuring are Melissa Neufeld, Lucky Duck Letterpress and Greenwich Letterpress. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of letterpress. I love how rich it looks, feels and I appreciate the work that goes into producing every single item.

Melissa Neufeld has been specialising in vintage inspired goods. She scouts for vintage sacks, trimmings and makes them into cushions, aprons, cards and gifts. However, I only love her cushions and aprons. It would definitely add character to any living room or kitchen.

The Lucky Duck Letterpress is from Brooklyn, New York.  Most of their stock designs are hand-set with metal or wooden plates. I love their telegram card (the one in the photo is an example of custom printed wordings, otherwise there will be a void under the telegram heading) and their Christmas greeting card (this will be a card worth cherishing).

The Greenwich Letterpress is from (as its name suggests) Greenwich Village, New York. It is run by Amy and Beth who come from a family of printers. Using three 75 year old Heidelberg letterpresses that use metal instead of polymer plates, soy based ink is applied to 100% cotton papers (which are imported). They have successfully powered their presses with wind power since last year. This is a fine example of art with a conscience. It compels you to love their work even more.

Melissa Neufeld cushions made from vintage sacks.

Melissa Neufeld's vintage inspired apron.

A "Telegram" card from Lucky Duck Letterpress.

A Christmas greeting card from Lucky Duck Letterpress.

Agent Cooper, New York greeting card series 3 from Greenwich Letterpress.

Great Scott, New York greeting card series 5, from Greenwich Letterpress.

Sweet Stach Bro, pack of 6 designs (all with men with moustaches) from Greenwich Letterpress.

Sheridan Square gift tags from Greenwich Letterpress.

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