meet eloise renouf: our etsy artist of the month



There’s something beautiful about stormy weather. Blues and grays mix with golden leaves, making everything moody and more interesting. That’s the feeling we get when we look at Eloise Renouf‘s prints. She takes the dark clouds of her native Nottingham, UK forests and mixes them with lovely repeats of leaves and flowers. We thought she’d be perfect for our Etsy artist spotlight this month. With unframed prints costing about $25 each, they’re divine when framed in a simple white border and presented as a series. We’re thinking kitchen but there’s no reason to stop there! Also available in tea towels and framed. We asked Eloise to tell us a bit about her art and her home.


How would you describe your work?

At present, I create prints and fabric accessories that are contemporary with a mid-century feel, largely inspired by nature, and with a strong emphasis on hand-drawn imagery and texture. I trained as a printed textile designer, so much of my work is of a decorative nature and it usually includes surface pattern or repeated elements. Everything starts as hand-drawn, painted or printed elements which then develop into collages, paintings or digitally manipulated images. I also place quite a strong emphasis on color, and enjoy unusual combinations and juxtapositions of these. Natural elements such as flowers, leaves, trees and clouds are recurring themes in my work. These are simplified, modernized and reduced to the most basic elements which are then re-enhanced with color, pattern and texture.

When did you start making your prints?

I began making my prints in the autumn of 2010. I’d had a bit of a career break to have children, and was feeling frustrated by my lack of creative output. The prints were a way of getting back into the flow of designing, and establishing my Etsy shop was just intended as a little artistic outlet. I hadn’t planned for it to be more than that, but it has created all sorts of opportunities and interesting projects that I’ve enjoyed being part of.

How does your home/city/neighborhood inspire you?
Nottingham is a fantastically creative city, and has become more so in the twelve years that I’ve lived here. Two new city art galleries have opened in recent years; there is a wealth of small, independent shops and boutiques; and you can find a craft fair, art show or creative event to go to almost every weekend. The two universities mean that there is a large, youthful crop of talent and that gives things a bit of an edge. My neighborhood is particularly rich in artistic blood, so I’m surrounded by others pursuing creative endeavors. You can’t help but be swept along by the energy. Nottingham is also blessed with lots of green open spaces and, being in close proximity to some wonderful countryside, it’s easy to escape and enjoy a different type of inspirational environment.

What kinds of artwork would one find on the walls of your house?

You would mostly find artwork from friends and family, and other Etsy sellers. These are mixed in with a few of my “experiments.” I have some lovely pieces by the very talented Cathy McMurray and equally talented Leah Duncan. My partner’s sister is an artist, so we have some of her prints and photographic collages. Another of my favorite pieces is a screen print from the 70s by a lady named Judy Gould. It’s a very simple repeating image of smoke stacks and is delightfully effective. And last but not least, you’d find plenty of artwork created by my 4 and 6 year old sons! Lots of dinosaurs, pirates and curious vehicles to enjoy!

Describe your decorating style.
I like the base of everything to be quite neutral, so favor white or off-white walls and wood flooring. I like furniture to have quite clean, simple lines, without being sterile, and I love mid-century style. To this I then add quite a colorful and decorative range of accessories. I find it impossible to stick to color schemes as my tastes and preferences in this regard change almost weekly. I enjoy having books on display, and also have quite large collections of mid-century ceramics and colored glassware. I’m also a fan of patterned fabrics, so these appear around the house in the form of cushions, tea towels and bags. I like things to be uncluttered yet warm, and simple yet visually stimulating.

To see more of Eloise Renouf’s work, visit her shop on Esty.

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meet kim piotrowski: our etsy artist of the month



If the seasons inspire our decorating desires, than Kim Piotrowski is the perfect artist for summer. Her prints on Etsy conjure up days spent strolling through gardens and trolling countryside antique barns. Painted on pages from vintage books, Kim’s patterns twirl and spiral like the loveliest in nature, with vibrant colors bursting off sepia-faded paper. We imagine lining an entire small room with a framed collection of her painting. At only $60 each, it would be an affordable, and stunning, undertaking. (Prints even more affordable, at $30.) We asked Kim to tell us a little bit about her artwork, what inspires her, and the place she calls home. Be sure to check out her shop, Kipi at Etsy. More prints are added frequently.


How would you describe your work?

They are largely pattern-based, and are inspired by different textiles or shapes that I see in my day-to-day life. Earlier, my work was much, much larger (7 or 8 foot canvases) and depicted colorful microscopic cellular forms. In college, I was on the pre-med career path then changed my major to art half-way through my studies. I’ve always been artistic, and this was a very passionate choice. I still like to use a lot of dynamic color, and have a scientific feel to my work even though it may not literally feature those earlier biological forms.

When did you start making your prints?
Offering prints is a fairly new development- just about half a year ago. It was a long process to figure out how to get to the sizing and coloring correct, but I finally found a great quality place to work with.

People have always been suggesting that I make reproductions of my work for the purpose of using them on textiles or just to make them more accessible as multiples. The final prints are slightly larger than the originals too. In the next year, I hope to take this idea a little further and make my own scarves, decorative pillows, and other decor items for the home.

How does your home/city/neighborhood inspire you?
Items that can be found in my home in my Moroccan plate collection that I got from traveling through the medinas of Marrakesh and Fez on a family trip back in 2003. I absolutely loved exploring the labyrinthine bazaars and haggling with the vendors even in the 110 degree heat. I brought a duffel bag and filled it with the unique treasures. They are placed prominently in my kitchen, and I love looking at them everyday. After all, I worked really hard for them! I often use an Arabic pattern similar to the pottery as a background and design source for my larger paintings. This same pattern is also in my Moroccan Stars print that is currently in my shop.

My former Brooklyn neighborhood (Greenpoint/Williamsburg) was really inspiring because there was street art all over the place. I love to scout it out and take photos of the unsolicited art. I had favorite spots that got hit all the time with new pieces. Every couple of weeks, I would go out for long walks or bike rides and just photograph anything I could find that was new. I like to document things that will disappear or fade with time. I miss this aspect of Brooklyn, but there are plenty of places out there if you just seek them out. I haven’t quite explored the Bronx yet.

I now live on City Island off of the Bronx now, and it is completely different from Brooklyn. Living here gives me the access to nature that I was craving for a long time. Nautical themes and sea motifs are everywhere. I used to think boats, sea monsters, and starfish were kind of kitschy, but after spending time here on sailboats and living so close to the water, I see how easily it can become part of your decor. I think our fascination with the ocean will always be there, and it is slowly sneaking into the way I decorate my home.

What kinds of artwork would one find on the walls of your house?
I’ve hung a lot of my favorite pieces of my own art (old and new), but I also consider myself to be somewhat of a collector. I have a very quirky eye, and nothing really matches at all. I bought a lot of prints by Betsey Walton and Julianna Swaney on Etsy a few years ago. I also really like the work of Martha Rich who is from my native Philadelphia area. However, my main interest these days continues to be street art. I like having things around my home that I could find plastered around my old Brooklyn neighborhood or downtown Manhattan. In some cases, I like knowing the individual behind what the police consider to be an art crime. I have work by ROA, Dark Cloud, Sweet Toof, Skewville and Stikman around my apartment.

Describe your decorating style.
It’s very eclectic, but it’s all the stuff that makes me happy. I like antiques, kitsch, retro, modern and things that I’ve brought home from my travels. The piece usually comes with a story that I can tell about it. I like to display my artwork and collection of things usually in groups. Aside from artwork, I also have many devotional objects – sacred heart milagros and byzantine icons that are indicative of my family background and also my graduate thesis. It was about the influence of the Byzantine world on Modern Art through the work of two of the most recognizable artists: Matisse and Picasso.

To learn more about Kim Piotrowski, visit her Etsy store.

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etsy find: not your momma’s marble tableware from greece


We’re always looking for ways to make our amateurish cooking attempts look more graceful. Sometimes all you need is the right something to serve them on, something that can turn the ordinary into something marvelous! That’s where these little marble wonders from Athens, Greece come in. They are made by Filio, an engineer-turned-designer who was working in her family’s marble company. Realizing that Greek marble wasn’t just for columns and busts, she started making everyday items like plates, dishes and coasters. Introducing Marbellous, our latest Etsy find. Prices range between $40 and $100 which seems pretty reasonable for such a thing of beauty. Would they be great presents for the next big fat wedding you attend! You’ll be a gifting god. Click here to see more of Marblellous on Etsy.

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meet judy kaufmann: our etsy artist of the month

As soon as we saw Judy Kaufmann’s vibrant Houses & Birds, we knew we had to feature her as one of Etsy artists of the month. Barcelona-based Illustrator makes gorgeous, repetitive patterns of animals, famous people, houses, cars, trees — all the things that fill our heads, everyday. Sweet and funny, they are sure to make your day. Some of our favorites include her portrait of Woody Allen and her whimsical world map. Click here to visit her Prints & Prints shop on Etsy. Her prices start at only $25 a print. Wouldn’t one be a great birthday present for your bff? We think so.

We asked Judy to share a few insights into her work and life. See her answers below!

How would you describe your work?
Repetitive, tumultuous, colorful and spontaneous.

When did you start making your prints?
In 2000, I was working at an advertising agency, and I had lot of moments of boredom. I began drawing a lot and I think that’s where my first prints came out.

How does your home/city/town inspire your work?

Barcelona is a very inspiring city. I love the fact that you’ve the sea and the mountains very close. The city is full of art history and there is great love for design.

What kinds of artwork would we find on the walls of your house?
As my boyfriend is a sculptor, he has introduced me to all his favorite artists. On our walls you can find engravings from Armand (a french artist), Riera i Aragó (a Catalan Artist) and also some sculptures from my boyfriend, Marc Sparfel.

What is your decorating style?

Marc and I are drawn to classic wood and craft-style objects, which we’ve been lucky enough to find on the street. It helps that Marc knows how to apply his skills to fixing up and treating every piece we find. We love the mix of a Nordic functional furniture and a recovered wood furniture from the sixties. We also adore our small collections of miniature cars.

To learn more about Judy Kaufmann, visit her Etsy shop.

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