Tell us about Etsy’s focus, goals, aesthetic.
Etsy is the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace! The Storque, Etsy's blog, aims to share the stories and inspiration of that marketplace where sellers from around the world offer one-of-a-kind art and handmade crafts, clothing, furniture (you name it), as well as endless vintage treasures. We also have a supply marketplace to aid in making your own DIY masterpieces. It's a black hole of amazing finds.
As we've hired more people, we've moved around the space — literally building walls and smashing them down and then building them again. The mural by Matty8080 is literally a chunk of a wall we tore down. At one point there was a handmade skateboard ramp, but there's no room for that now, which probably means we're not a start up anymore. At this point the Etsy Labs part of our office is three floors below — this is a workshop crafting space with a jeweler's bench, sewing machines, screenprinting press and lots of supplies. Every Monday evening, Etsy hosts Craft Night where anyone is welcome to come and make things. If you're not in Brooklyn, you can join in via the Virtual Labs, our online multi-user webcam enabled chat room of the future made for us by Flash guru Jared Tarbell. We're particularly proud that we have this magical space that extends our office around the world via the interwebs!In terms of layout and organization of your work space, what are specific details that you’re particularly proud of? The diorama where our receptionist, Jakob von Eichel, sits is pretty amazing. Right now it has a mosaic of tulip illustrations and some flying duck decoys by colleague, Claire Beaudreault. Before it was an indoor/outdoor scene made entirely out of fabric with an excellent life-size crocheted bicycle, made by more Etsy staff creatives, Anda Corrie and Christine Domanic. (It may not be decor-related, exactly, but a lovely feature of the space is Dottie , beloved Dachshund of engineer Dan McKinley. Whenever we hear the jingle-jingle and tick-tick-tick-tick approaching, we know we're in for a treat as she escapes into our part of the office.) We don't think that the new hires even know about the secret door to the roof yet, so now that winter is over we may introduce them to that and sneak up there a bit more at lunchtime. What’s on your desk(s) at this moment? Vanessa: Ceramic sculpture by melabo, a Ukrainian mace (used to threaten coworkers when their drafts for the blog are late), "Losers Always Lose Mug" by Mickey Duzyj.
Tara: wolf clock, mushroom and owl needlecraft, a hand-silkscreened Etsy poster by Matt Stinchcomb and a drawing by Caleb Reed. Other than that, lots of computer equipment and media storage for editing all that HD media that we shoot.
Alison: Plastic deer family, actual deer skull complete with resplendent antlers, Garth Algar portrait by TheMayOfTeckClub, bell jar with amputated hand model, "Bless this mess" sign by my mother.
Any good resources you’d like to share?
Etsy.com, duh! Brooklyn Flea is a fun place to look for vintage furniture and decor. And don't be afraid to dumpster dive. A great space isn't built in a day, so be patient and wait for the right treasures to come to you. If they haven't shown up yet, check out Etsy, where they might be waiting for you.
Photos by Elizabeth Weinberg.
A special thanks to Vanessa, Tara, Alison, and Eric of Etsy's blog, The Storque, for giving us this last peek before they move to their new office. We can't wait to see what their new space offers! And be sure to check out some of our collaborative projects with Etsy from the past.