When I first started ShinyThoughts, this little spot on the internet liked to talk about craft, local artists in my area and independent products that interested me. Exhibitions make way for for holidays and artist studio tours for outfit posts. It’s strange to think how much my focus has changed now compared to life 6 years ago.
That’s why I was really exited to have the opportunity to revisit the world of making with Etsy on their trip to Brighton. The chance to take a look behind the scenes of some modern and fun independent brands took me right back to the birth of this blog!
It was just a short walk to Lick Yoghurt’s offices where some of Etsy Brighton’s best Sellers came to hang out and show us how they work. Once stepped into the arty space, I was super excited to spot one of my favourite Etsy sellers Rock Cakes, run by the lovely Sarah Meredith. She very kindly gifted me her cute mirrored ‘hello‘ necklace years ago so it was a big pleasure to watch her creating a bunch of equally adorable wooden brooches based on the British weather. Rain never looked so good.
Joining her were several others in the Brighton Etsy club including Toby, the student behind the pretty puurrrrdy I Like CATS (I really do.) There was Hello DODO with their adorable Brighton up your Day screen prints which they demo’ed in front of us with a portable stamper. After a couple of cocktails, we sat down to workshops with GeorgieStClair and the dudes at Designosaur.
A flower petal dress illustration, choker necklace and camera keyring later and it was time to tuck into some Lick and a chat with the Sellers. It was wonderful to see the time, effort and community spirit behind the famous marketplace for unique goods. Afterall, People Make Etsy ya’ know!
Thanks so much Etsy UK for the opportunity to come and meet some of your sellers!
Want to see where I stayed and what I wore? See my last Brighton post!