I’ve become a little addicted to Etsy of late, there are some really gorgeous handmade goods on there. If you’ve not been on Etsy, pop over and you’re in for a wonderful surprise. So in order to support handmade goods and other home workers, I’m going to feature an Etsy Shop of the month on Violet Posy.
I was delighted this week to be contacted by Nikki at Little Ginger’s Tea Shop who asked if I’d look at their Etsy shop and if I’d give them a mention on here. As I like their beautiful hand embellished tableware so much, I’ve done it as a little interview with Nikki and her partners – hope you like it?.
Tell me about your company?
Little Gingers Teashop is a student based company who believe it is important to produce beautiful handcrafted individual products which point away from the mainstream market. Since forming in October 2008 we have designed and produced versatile tableware, which are all hand crafted, limited edition products with unique and individual bird motifs. The company is run by five aspiring fashion and textile students from the University of Portsmouth.
What made you decide to set up?
We were given the opportunity to set up our own business because it is part of our degree course. The experience has been most rewarding and it has been exciting to run our own business.
Who or what inspires you?
The main inspiration for our product designs has been birds and cakes. The birds offer a feminine aspect to our designs, whilst the cakes portray a fun attractive look. As a company we are all highly inspired by textile designs. Therefore we made our design motifs highly appealing and eye catching.
Who are your design influences
At Little Gingers Teashop we enjoy keeping up-to date with the latest trends, especially in homewares and textile design. During this project we have found the work of Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater and Lisa Stickley to be highly influential through the use of twee prints and candy-like colours. We also love looking at Rob Ryan‘s work as he has created so many beautiful designs and is always updating.
What are your favourite design blogs/websites
Little Gingers Teashop enjoying reading blogs such as: Print and Pattern and Wee Birdy. At Little Gingers Teashop we believe it is essential to research inspiring designers and also support the work of new designers too.
Thank you very much to the Little Ginger’s Tea Shop Team not only do I adore their product, they’ve bought new sites and blogs to my attention. I wish them continued sucess with both their store and their studies. I hope they remember me when they have a fabulous home store in London!
If you’d like your Etsy shop to be featured here next month drop me a comment or an e-mail