We bet you’ve heard of Etsy. But, if you haven’t, let’s fill you in. Founded in 2005, Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items. With an admirable goal of ‘keeping commerce human’, Etsy is an antidote to our mass-produced culture. The company believes that “creativity can’t be automated and human connection can’t be commoditised.” And we couldn’t agree more! The platform connects talented designers creating unique and unusual products to millions of buyers who are searching for that something a little bit different. Sounds great, right?
As an independent business, we know how important it is to have a platform to reach the right audiences, which is why we’re teaming up with Oxford Etsy, a local group of Etsy sellers. Through a six week pop-up event, from 10th September until 15th October, Feather and Nest will be showcasing products from seven fabulous local makers in store. While we say it’s a pop-up, it’s more of a ‘pop in’! We hope to see as many people as possible popping in over the six weeks to support the local designers. Who can you expect to see? We’ll be hosting Mrs B Designs, Miller and Jeeves, Lilac Tree Lane, Giddings Gifts, Little Foxglove Crafts, Illustrate My Name and Chameleon Wall Art.
Meet the Makers from Oxford Etsy
Mrs B Designs
Karen, the founder of Mrs B Designs, creates striking, often colourful products that appeal to children, teens and adults. Her art form of choice is screen printing combined with sewing. Karen makes all of her products in her garden studio in Cholsey, Oxfordshire.
Miller and Jeeves
Miller and Jeeves was born out of a desire to create beautiful and stylish leather goods through a blend of contemporary fashion and traditional techniques. Liz learned these techniques whilst training at a saddlery school. Each piece is hand cut and crafted in Liz’s Oxfordshire workshop using the highest quality materials. The pieces express the natural quality of the leather and reflect modern and classic trends.
Lilac Tree Lane
Anna from Lilac Tree Lane designs and creates templates for paper cutting, prints, make up bags and banners, all from her studio in Oxfordshire. Her range of contemporary prints are bold and bright with a humorous twist.
Helen and Chris are a very creative husband and wife team and founders of Giddings Gifts. Screen printing, digital art, sewing and dogs are their passions! Inspired by their two dogs, Molly and Baxter, they create a range of cool contemporary gifts for dog lovers.
Little Foxglove Crafts
Little Foxglove Crafts adore creating things. Naomi creates and designs a range of wonderfully witty vinyl printed products. She has a passion for design and her favourite part is seeing the look of excitement on someone's face when they receive their handmade purchase.
Chameleon Wall Art
Chameleon Wall Art’s iconic animal illustrations are made into a range of lovely items. Jane creates the original artworks in her studio in Goring, Oxfordshire. Her range Includes wall stickers, enamel pins, art prints, greeting cards and compact mirrors.
Illustrate My Name
Jodie’s creative ideas translate into a whole range of high-quality, personalised products. Items include cards, prints, gift wrap, artwork and other gifts. The in-store pop-up will also stock some exclusive new products from this maker.
What Our Founder Says…
“It's more important than ever to support independent shops like ours and to keep our high streets thriving, and we are doing our bit to showcase talented local designers and makers, giving them the opportunity to show off their beautiful products. We are passionate about keeping the high street alive and bringing communities together through their creative skills.” - Angela, founder of Feather and Nest.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and see the displays from the talented designers of Oxford Etsy, support local business and find a gift (or treat for yourself) that is unique and most definitely made with love!
Our opening hours are 9.30am to 5pm, Mondays to Saturdays.