Friday, September 24, 2010

Feature Friday: rikrak

Oooh! This week's featured shop is so much fun. A visit to Etsy shop rikrak stirs up a child-like candy shop feeling... so much color and light you simply want everything. And you want it now! These eco felt Christmas stockings are a very popular item, and it's no wonder why!

"Modern and sustainable patchwork" is the purpose and accomplishment of this charming shop. Kristal Davis, a Toronto-based textile genius and mother, has had a love for color since she can remember. She was featured in an Etsy "Quit Your Day Job" article in 2009:

"Kristal's business rikrak was born when she found out she was pregnant with her son. As her passion for making quilted baby play mats grew, her quilts began catching the eye of local boutiques and Etsians. Since joining Etsy, Kristal has made well over 1,500 sales, has sold through 90 boutiques around the world (after finding her shop through Etsy), and has been featured in five major print publications.  Her success on Etsy has enabled her to stay at home with her son instead of going back to her previous teaching job.  She hasn't looked back since!"

I just love the vintage fabrics she recycles for her bright happy coasters and wallets... I want to shop where she shops! I recall a blog post she wrote a while back where she said each time she uses up the last scrap of a vintage tablecloth or bedlinen, she get's a teeny tiny bit sad. I can relate to that feeling, but since she's obviously a textile opportunist, I'll bet she's also a little bit excited to have to go searching for more :)

In addition to making fabulous eco-friendly things, she also blogs fabulous things at her own rikrakstudio blog and is a regular guest writer at Etsy's Storque, author of The Collector series. Her talents are clearly not limited to the sewing room! I enjoy discovering Kristal's life-loving personality through her writing, and I'm happy to have encountered her work regularly through Etsy. When people talk about being a part of "the Etsy community", I have to say that sweet, bubbly artisans like Kristal are a huge part of the attraction to get involved.

Thanks, rikrak! (all photos and designs are Copyright © 2005-2010 rikrak™)

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