Etsy’s Design Award Finalists

100 sellers were selected for Etsy’s annual Design Awards, an index of independent creativity with a $5,000 cash prize. Spanning jewelry, apparel, furniture, art, toys, wedding decorations, vintage items and beyond, it’s a comprehensive initiative meant not only to support these sellers (who are often small operations or solo efforts) but also to celebrate them. This year’s judges include Drew Barrymore and Dayna Isom Johnson, …

R-KI-TEKT’s Eclectic Print-Covered Leather Accessories

Designer Kel Cadet-Lyons creates a variety of accessories inspired by different cultures

Atlanta-based designer Kel Cadet-Lyons produces artistic goods and accessories that range from leather wallets and booklets to planters and cord organizers. She releases each under her own label, R-KI-TEKT, an extension of a project she’d taken on for a former employer but expanded when demand grew. All of her releases live on Etsy, where acclaim in the form of reviews outnumbers her actual listings—a feat itself …

Editors’ Selects: Tie-Dye From Etsy

Many applications of an art form that mirror the values of the e-commerce site

Tie-dye carries the same DIY ethos that the e-commerce site Etsy was founded upon. A celebration of beauty derived from variation, color and chaos, the process behind tie-dye employs ancient techniques—though the term “tie-dye” only dates back to the ’60s. On Etsy, creators have found hundreds of ways to apply these techniques to everything from shirts to vases and planters. In a time when independent …