Etsy is one of those places you lose yourself in. Hours disappear and before you know it you have a wishlist the size of an Olympic swimming pool. With handmade and vintage goods from every corner of the world, I always find something new and unique, different from anything I find on the high street.
I first discovered French artist Sabrina Kaici on Etsy over a year ago. I was captivated by her solar systems and constellations. Each artwork is finely drawn using the pointillist technique, creating art using dots. Although I've been lusting after her art for a while, it wasn't until last week that I finally bought a piece for myself.
I took the time to chat to Sabrina about her life, art and inspirations. Read my interview below:
1. What is your background?
I am French but I have been living and working in London for the past 9 years. I studied Sociology and Art History, then got a degree in graphic design.
2. How did you develop your pointillist technique,?
I have always been sketching since I was a little girl, and tried the pointillist technique when taking drawing lessons in my teens. I started to explore the technique a bit more a few years ago and I guess I really like the organic feel of it.
I find that I can easily depict the micro as well as the macro as the dots connect everything. I only started selling print versions of my original drawings a few years ago, when my partner gave me a website for my birthday!
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
I mostly find inspiration in nature. The small details on a butterfly wing excite me as much as the macroscopic scale of the planets in the solar system. I’m also very fond of the animal kingdom, particularly big cats. I like drawing on old tales and myths from various cultures.
4. Why did you choose Etsy to have your store?
I chose Etsy to sell my work as it provides me with an international platform in addition to my own website and the galleries where my artwork is on sale in London and Paris.
5. What does an average day for you look like?
In addition to my drawings, I also work for the Tate Gallery, so my days are pretty packed!
It’s hard to describe a typical day but they’re usually split between packing orders to send to the four corners of the globe, doing some research for future drawings (which involves a lot of Pinterest browsing!), and fitting in a couple of hours of pure drawing, if I’m working on a bespoke order or new idea.
6. What is your advice for young artists?
My advice for young artists would probably be one I was given: stay authentic!
I would say don’t follow trends and stay true to who you really are and what makes you happy. Don’t give up as real passion and hard work will always pay off.
Thank you to Sabrina for your time!
Inspired to shop on Etsy? Here are a few of my other favourite stores. Happy browsing!
Melbourne local, Grace Wood Design Studio. Her moon cushions are gorgeous!
In Haus Press from San Francisco make very sophisticated stationery.
Bean & Bailey handmade ceramics are lovely.
GwynethHulseDesign from KeriKeri in New Zealand, their wooden coasters are on my wish list.
ENDECeramics, quirky porcelain pieces from Poland.
Bind and Fold, made and hand dyed Shibori tablecloths and handtowels from Melbourne, Australia.
Chunky blankets and scarfs from Bloisem.