ArtShack Brooklyn

Creative ceramics and critical thinking collide at the after-school program

Encouraging kids to put down their phones and get creative, Brooklyn-based program ArtShack extends elementary learning outside of the classroom. The after-school program, founded by artist and educator McKendree Key and product designer Dany Rose, builds childrens critical thinking capabilities through ceramics, felting, silk-screening and a slew of other activities. Key started ArtShack in 2008, as a way to allow kids to create objects from …

11 Unexpected Gifts Found on Etsy

As much as we love luxury cars and self-piloting drones, we at Cool Hunting are continuously inspired by independent makers and the crafts they honeand theres no better place to find these talented individuals than on Etsy. Weve recently teamed up with the online marketplace to select some of the most unique and unforgettable gifts they have to offerfrom hand-painted boomerangs to concrete planters, build-it-yourself …

Amazon Takes on Etsy With its New “Handmade” Section

Known for selling almost anything and everything, Amazon is now hoping to tackle the handcrafted market with a newly launched section of its website called Handmade at Amazon. The new venture hopes to cut into the dominance of other sites like Etsy, which operates by retailing goods from local artisans. Now up and running, customers can browse products that Amazon has certified have not been …

Min Pin Shop

Creepy peepers and deadly creatures turned cute for cushions, prints and other homeware

Melbourne-based Min Pin Design knows how to toe the line between eerie and cute. Founded in 2013 by the very artistically versatile Penny Ferguson, Min Pin’s handmade jewelry, prints, totes and pillows have plenty of personality, with cartoonish critters and sulking monsters that are sure to charm. Despite saccharine hues, Ferguson is definitely in touch with her darker side, with plenty of references to the …

Baobap Miniature Embroidered Brooches

Irem Yazici's tiny, hand-embroidered vignettes are not your average flair

Sometimes statement-making accessories make a statement that’s just a little too loud. Baobap’s miniature brooches are therefore perfect for times that require a bit more subtlety, offering a bit of flair that will quickly snazz up an outfit without the weight of a larger piece. Reminiscent of scout badges, each pin consists of a hand-embroidered vignette that is then housed within a bottle cap, adding …