Etsy.com, the online marketplace for handmade vintage goods, today announced the finalists of its first-ever Etsy Design Awards – celebrating Australia’s most talented designers and sellers, who make the site one of the world’s fastest growing online marketplaces for creative and vibrant design and one-of-a-kind goods.
Following an incredible number of entries from Etsy’s diverse Australian seller community, including designers, jewellers, artists and artisans, 58 finalists from across the country have been shortlisted across five categories including: New Talent, Business As Usual, Art & Illustration, Home & Lifestyle and Fashion & Accessories.
The finalists will be judged by three of the nation’s biggest creative influencers, including: Claire Bowditch (Creative Business Mentor, singer and actor), Jason Grant (Interior stylist, author and blogger) and Claire Bradley (Editor-in-Chief, Inside Out). Finalists stand the chance to win a host of prizes designed to promote their creative businesses – with the ultimate prize, the Community Choice Award, determined by the greater Australian public.
The Community Choice Award will see the winner take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn New York; feature in the December issue of Inside Out Magazine and, Etsy’s coveted blog, as well as a dedicated post on the Etsy Instagram page, which reaches over 202,000 design enthusiasts.
Commenting on the incredible breadth of talent showcased in the Etsy Design Awards entries, Helen Souness, Managing Director of Etsy Australia says:
“We’ve been blown away by the outstanding calibre of the entrants in the Etsy Design Awards. It’s a thrill to know that such a high quality range of creative businesses choose the Etsy marketplace for their online home.”
“From handmade designer furniture, beautiful abstract art through to skateboards made from reclaimed timber, the judges, along with the rest of Australia, have their work cut out for them in deciding the winner,” adds Souness.
South Australian finalist, family-owned Senkki Furniture was launched in 2007 and is a successful furniture maker and design studio.
Designed and made in Australia, Senkki offers beautifully constructed and affordable handmade furniture. Customers can choose from their existing range or make to order.
Each piece is hand-made to order in the Senkki Adelaide workshop and then distributed throughout Australia. Local production allows them to monitor and control every element of the build. Vote for Senkki here.
To view the finalists and vote for the Community Choice Award (grand prize), members of the general public are encouraged to visit http://etsydesignawards.com/nominees and lodge their vote before 5pm, October 25:
● All the finalists – https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/etsy-auz/1
● New Talent – https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/etsy-auz/2
● Home & Living – https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/etsy-auz/3
● Fashion & Accessories – https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/etsy-auz/4
● Business as Unusual – https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/etsy-auz/5
● Art & Illustration – https://www.etsy.com/au/pages/etsy-auz/6
More information on the categories, prizes and application requirements: etsydesignawards.com