Welcome to the eighth edition of the Etsy Shop of the Week! Each week I choose a wonderful Etsy shop to share with you all. We can all have fun finding new products for our homes and lives, not to mention some wonderful gift ideas for our loved ones (or ourselves!).
Today we are lucky enough to meet Maisie of Ma'at Silk, an absolutely gorgeous shop! Maisie creates beautiful abstract designs, then hand-paints them on silk scarves and cushions. She also uses her designs on fun pin cushions and note cards.
Probably my favorite piece -
I love the gorgeous colors she chose
and the pattern is beautiful!
So, let's meet Maisie!
1. Tell us about your products and your Etsy shop.
My shop sells mostly hand painted silk scarves and cushions. At the moment my design style is the realm of patterns. Swirls, lines, circles, and various shapes of all kinds. I am inspired by all forms of nature, plants and weather formations in particular. The other big inspiration would be ancient art, I only have look at a book full of Minoan temples or Egyptian tombs and I am reaching for my sketch book. I tend to draw whilst watching a film; I think that explains why by the credits, I don’t always know the plot.
It all started when I was bought a set of silk paints for a birthday and well the rest just happened. It took many experiments and horrid looking scarves before I came up with one I was happy with. Now I have a system worked out. When I design a pattern for a scarf I usually plan a set of three colour ways. I don’t know why but I like working on odd numbers. Then with each scarf I write a narrative piece of writing. Trying to explain this is harder, but I’ll give it a shot. For me painting on silk and for that matter all my work is art and more, it’s a thought, an idea, a feeling and most importantly is a story. Words accompany me as I design and paint the patterns. They are part of it all. The colours and design blend in my mind and an idea forms: of an image, a place, a time. Why? I’m not sure but the narrative writing that accompanies each scarf is as important to me as the colours themselves. It’s the setting and completes the scene. So each set of scarves tells a story and the narratives fit really well into three. Every story had a beginning middle and end after all. Each scarf is a limited edition and I only make five of them. It can get a little complicated and I have to keep careful track which number I’m on. I do sign and number each scarf so that helps. At the moment I am working on completing my scarf sets, most the ones in the shop are lacking a third and I am also beginning to use my designs on paper, for gift cards notebooks and writing sets.
Maisie's beautiful notecards -
what a beautiful thing to receive in the mail!
2. What is your favorite thing to make?
I do like painting the silk, choosing the colours and watching them spread on the fabric, although it can be nerve wracking, especially if the paint dries too quickly! However what I really love to do is create custom orders. I like working one to one with the customer and creating the perfect design. I’ve done a couple so far, all of them gifts. It’s really important to me that the customer is 110% happy and I take it very seriously. I will involve them as much as they want, going back and forth with sketches and colours until we have it right. It can sometimes take ages but I find the end result really satisfying . Of course sometimes they leave the design completely up to me and that's fine too. I have all the information about creating a custom order set up on my policy page.
I love the darker colors on this scarf -
3. What are some of your favorite pieces currently for sale in your shop?
This is a hard question because I like everything. I suppose one of my favourites is “Along the Nile”. I love the soft blues and Egyptian design.
This is such a gorgeous color combination!
My other favourite is “Arizona Morning” silk cushion, just because it was the first cushion I made and I love the bright colours.
Such a bright and cheerful cushion -
it really adds a beautiful pop to that chair!
4. Can you tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?
- I always walk around carrying a notebook. I do mean everywhere, even from one end of the house to another. If I don’t write down my ideas right away they get lost in my head, so that probably explains that habit.
- I love old movies, musicals in particular. The singing, the dancing, the sets, the costumes. Silly maybe and not very cool but there it is. “Wizard of Oz”, “American in Paris”, “Gigi”, my list of favourites goes on and on.
- I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes. I like to try out complicated French deserts and stews (not too often however, as it needs working off!) I also really like American heartland cooking (I always thing we don’t cook enough pies in Europe) and of course Spanish, with lots of olive oil (my favourite).
Pin cushions featuring Maisie's designs.
They'd also be adorable hanging on a tree
this Christmas - stocking stuffer time!
To keep up with everything Maisie is busy designing and painting, be sure to visit the sites below: