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we heart handmade art: etsy + west elm event wrap up.

October 18th, 2010 · 4 Comments

On Thursday evening, West Elm hosted We Heart Handmade Art with Etsy, inviting local designers and artists to showcase and sell their goods at the West Elm store in The Fenway. Hor d’ouevres were served — the mini pumpkin pies were quite lovely — libations flowed, and all of the participants were allowed to use West Elm’s products to style their pop-up shops.

My favorite pop-ups of the evening were the leathergoods by Rennes and the spun cotton creations from Vintage by Crystal.

Rennes colorful, thoughtfully informed leather selections caught my eye immediately. And I was happy to discover that they felt wonderfully supple, too. I got to chat with Julia, the talent behind the operation, she was super sweet, and picked a fantastic forest green iPhone case, too!

I also got to meet Crystal, which was awesome because I gave two of her sculptures for Christmas gifts last year. We had a blast chatting for a good 30 minutes. I learned that she has a BFA in graphic design and after working for a corporate entity, decided it was time to pursue her passion to create! Since taking the big leap,  she’s been on The Martha Stewart Show three times (one of which she got engaged!) and now works full-time making her fabulous sculptures. I made my third purchase from her and picked up a gangly little leopard boy. SO CUTE!

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Posted by: kimberly phillips · Tags: animals · art · artists · Boston · design · fashion

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nancy Intrator // Mar 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I have been looking for those wooden trees that were featured at West Elm stores last fall!!! Please…if you know who makes or sells them, would you please let me know.
    Thank you!

  • 2 Dobromir // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Those chevron pwliols are adorable and they’d look so great on my couch, with that lamp sitting on the table right beside it!Oh, and thanks so much for the SanFran tips! I will definitely be using that site as a resource. I can’t wait to plan this trip!

  • 3 Boycn // Feb 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I was in my San Diego location this wekneed getting some new bedding and THERE YOU WERE, it was so great. I don’t even know you and I had a big “WOOHOO” in my mind when I saw it. Congrats :)

  • 4 Jack // Apr 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    You’ve hit the ball out the park! Inbcldiree!