Editors’ Picks: 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 …

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 children’s 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 hone—and there’s no better place to find these talented individuals than on Etsy. We’ve recently teamed up with the online marketplace to select some of the most unique and unforgettable gifts they have to offer—from hand-painted boomerangs to concrete planters, build-it-yourself …