The finalists of the Etsy Design Awards (aka The Etsies), announced on Tuesday 22 September, included 15 UK sellers shortlisted from tens of thousands of entries. The finalists are in the running for the $15,000 USD Grand Prize or one of ten $1,000 USD category prizes.
The Etsy Design Awards (aka The Etsies) are a global celebration of talent from within the Etsy community, judged by in-house trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson and acclaimed actress and entrepreneur (plus HUGE Etsy fan) Drew Barrymore. Ten of thousands of entries are received from around the globe – and the category finalists celebrate the most unique and creative items made or curated by entrepreneurs.
On being part of the judging panel, Drew Barrymore said; “I have been a huge fan of Etsy for many years. All of these incredible independent sellers, from all over the world, create the most amazing items, and with such heart and passion. I love the personal cards and notes from the sellers and these one-of-a-kind items that are often made at home and sometimes with the whole family involved. I’m so happy to be able to honor this incredibly talented group of entrepreneurs”.
The Etsies spotlight the best of what Etsy has to offer across ten categories – Jewellery, Vintage, Clothing, Art, Home & Living, Weddings, Paper & Party, Kids, Pets, Bags and Accessories & Shoes. The UK finalists are:
Paper & Party category: Prism of Starlings’ triangle wall planner, £16; TheCompleteistLondon’s overlay flowers weekly planner, £20; KyriDesign’s illustrated wedding guest place cards, £13.50 (above); AisleStudio’s eco friendly PenPals postcards, £10, designed to raise awareness of elderly loneliness – with 25% of profits going to @age_uk
Home & Living category: BespokeBinny’s African wax print lampshade, £41.99 (below).
Art category: EllaCarty’s original art ‘Lichen covered rocks’, £318
Kids category: Oonaloo’s African heritage doll, £44 (below); Charlie and Nell’s gender-neutral romper, £15
Bags, Accessories and Shoes category: HORD’s topographic leather hip flask, £50
Jewellery category: RosaPietsch’s flora statement earrings, £58.
In the Clothing category: AliceAcremanSilk’s ‘Enticement’ kimono jacket, £190
Pets category: HelenPennyShop’s Customised pet portrait pillow, £145; CoconutTowers’ Pet portrait paintings, £118
Vintage category: KGcuratedspace’s 1920s pink shell chair, £1,200; PatienceandGough’s mid-century sideboard, £720 (top).
When shoppers buy from Etsy, they’re directly supporting people in local communities. Etsy has well over two million sellers open for business, often working out of their homes to create something that you’ll use and cherish every day.
The winners of The Etsy Awards being will be announced on 22 October. The full list of finalists can be seen here.