When I first came across A MANO, it was on Instagram (click the link to follow - do it now, do it NOW!). I was skirting around the rabbit hole of the search homepage looking for ceramics, trying not to trip over the edge and fall in too deep. And when I finally did, I didn't end up minding at all (because I always trip, and I never ever mind). This store was curated by a Minnesotan photographer named Louisa Podlich, who wanted to create a space where art lovers and artists could come together. A MANO translates to "by hand" in Spanish, which is incredibly suitable for the impressive array of work that comes from various artists housed in the collection. But the thing I love even more than all of the visual porn on their website? Duh, their Etsy shop.
A MANO's Etsy is full of all the things I love most in life: artistic trinkets and bric-a-brac that are ideal for adorning one's home, filling it with stories. There are tiny ring dishes, painted and glazed with care, whose only purpose is to sit on a nightstand collecting your daily jewelry. There are mini wall-hangings that serve as an adorable pop of color in any room. There are hand-crafted spoons, small in size but big in character. There are hand-painted baby spirit animal figurines, each with their own personality and cheerfulness. All of the pieces are a little wonky and uneven in shape, but for me it only seems to enhance the charm. To give you a better idea, here are some of my favorite pieces.
|Svetlana the Unicorn | SOLD, but more coming soon via Insta|
|Little Cactus Ring Dishes | $12 Each|
|Drake the Camel | $12|
|Mini Spotty Spoon | $10 Each|