Top 50 Etsy Moms of 2011
We work on a lot of "best of" features here at Babble, but we can truly say that our annual Top 50 Etsy Moms piece is one of the most inspirational, pleasurable writing experiences of the year. The chance to meet these incredible women - some of them life-long artists, others former 9-to-5 corporate workers, all of them devoted mothers - and hear their stories makes us realize how much we're all capable of. It's also a reminder of just how important the handmade community is, most specifically Etsy.com. Etsy has given these women a chance they may otherwise never have had to explore, develop, and share their art and craftsmanship through a larger-than-life network. It's also given them the opportunity to work from home, to set their own schedules and raise their kids the way they want - and that's incredible.
That being said, this piece is also one of the hardest features to write. Etsy is by no means solely for moms - there are incredibly talented dads and singletons and students as well - yet the flexible, creative community is the perfect environment for mothers. That's why we consider this just a small sampling of the most successful, talented, inspiring moms on Etsy, and it's why we update this list year after year. (Although we try and highlight different shops each year, we do have two repeats from our 2010 Etsy Moms list. When you read their write-ups, you'll understand why.) So if you know an incredible Etsy Mom that you'd love to see featured next year, nominate her here. And in the meantime, support the handmade revolution!
- Michelle Horton
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Sophie Blackall | Sophie Blackall
Sophie Blackall’s Rankings
- #1 Art
Who: Sophie Blackall, a mom of two (a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son) in Brooklyn, New York.
Why We Love Her: Sophie Blackall is one of the most accomplished artists on Etsy, having illustrated for various publications (like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal), over a dozen children’s books (including one of the NYT’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010), and television commercials. Her latest series, Missed Connections (available on Etsy), will be made into a book in 2012, and she recently wrote and illustrated her first original children’s book (Are You Awake?), based on a true story about her son. According to Sophie, having children means there’s an in-house source of inspiration and stories (like when her two-year-old daughter wore a tail every day for a year).
Shop Here For: Award-winning illustrations, ready to be framed.
Signature Item: We Shared a Bear Suit, $40