Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. From the specific to the unexpected, the company’s search tools help buyers explore all the special, one-of-a-kind items offered by Etsy sellers. The Etsy Journal is a digital magazine that operates at the intersection of brand marketing and editorial. Here, editors and writers curate exciting trends and ideas discovered in the marketplace. Since 2016, I have interviewed and profiled dozens of independent artists and makers for the Journal’s popular “Featured Shops” series. Each Featured Shop chronicles a shop’s origin and hero product, as well as the owner’s design inspiration and creative process. I also write trend stories which further promote and celebrate Etsy’s millions-strong maker community. Below are a selection of some of my favorite pieces—click each image to read more.