in the interest of spreading the handmade love, i'm starting a little feature here on bits and bobbins which shows off what i think are some amazing goods made by amazing artists, designers, and makers on the inimitable handmade marketplace, etsy.com. it's all about what catches *my* eye, anything from clothing and wearables to homewares. i'll show you a few pieces from each seller's shop and give you a teensy little bit of info about the artist and their wares, linking back to their etsy shops and items.
first up is kjoo, aka maria, a graphic designer and fiber jewelry maker who hails from portugal. i first became aware of her via her flickr. i have been a fan of her work for some time, and i've actually written about her here before, over a year and a half ago, but her work delights me so that i feel like she deserves repeat mention.
maria's work shows a finely honed sense and sensitivity to color and texture. unusual colorways, skilled, steady handiwork in the realms of hand-stitching, felting and crochet, and a studied skill in marrying various found materials makes for a deliciously amorphous, experimental, organic feel to her whole body of work. her work is transcendent, her pieces are akin to wearable art.
a good pal of mine here in san francisco is a big fan of maria's work and has several of her one-ofa-kind pieces in her jewelry collection, so i can also attest to their beauty in the flesh. they have a soft tactile look and feel on sights, and you can palpably sense the work and trained eye that fashioned them.
the piece below is one of my favorites.