I have mixed feelings about Etsy.

On one hand – it’s one of the best places to find hand-made siamese cat jewelry.  On the other, it now allows for factory made goods, redefining what “hand-made” actually means.  Don’t get me wrong.  I still use it to buy said jewelry, and I still sell on it, but probably not for long.  I am currently transitioning away from this once great DIY superstore, and I am definitely more discerning when browsing their site for future purchases.

Recently, Etsy did introduce me to Teja Jamilla: a brilliant crafter & Lolita fashionista from Somerset.  She hand-screenprints thick, durable tights with “vintage inspired designs” (Teja Jamilla).  I immediately fell-in-love with her Pirate Printed Tattoo Tights and her Art Nouveau Printed Tights.  I also really appreciate her size variety – ranging from child-size to plus-size.  She is also really nice & readily able to take custom orders.  Win!

So while Etsy may not be entirely up my alley anymore – it does still provide me a way to get a pair of hand-printed tights directly from their maker, who is half-way around the world.

Dear Internet: please provide an Etsy alternative.  Srsly.

Costume For The Day:

– H&M black & white striped boat-neck sailor tunic-top

– Teja Jamilla’s Pirate Printed Tattoo Tights in black & gold

– Band of Gypsies black lace-hemmed woven-fabric shorts

– Chinese Laundry D’Orsay flats in black

– Madewell over-sized stone costume studs

Erica Weiner “gift” ring necklace

teja

Love you, mean it

Megan Lynn

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profile picMegan Lynn Kott – She was from Oakland by way of the Midwest.  Megan holds a BFA of Art & Social Change in one hand & a cat in the other.  She is a animal-loving, coffee-swilling, water-coloring, appreciator of grit.  When she isn’t designing children’s clothing graphics, she is drawing creatures.  Her project “Costume for the Day” (inspired by the documentary “Grey Gardens”) is an effort to create a watercolor diary of what she wears (almost) everyday.  She hopes to capture every hole, stain, & worn-out sole, instead of the requisite cutesy self-portraits in most fashion blogs.  Her other recurring projects include “Oakland Drink & Draw” and her Tumblr: “Drawing Megan Lynn.”

 

 

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