DecorativeDesignWKS

Phone Case, Pill Box, Card Case, Art Deco Art Nouveau

Indiana, United States · 8917 Sales

DecorativeDesignWKS

Phone Case, Pill Box, Card Case, Art Deco Art Nouveau

Indiana, United States 8917 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(1899)

Announcement   Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Vintage inspired gifts and accessories for men and women. I create colorful, bold iPhone cases, Ladies' Compacts, Hip Flasks, Pill Boxes and more drawing on authentic vintage design and ornamentation! Renaissance style, Victorian style, Mid Century Mod and more are favorite inspirations. All items are decorated one at a time in my Indianapolis studio, and it is my hope that you will get a daily dose of colorful artwork each time you use them!

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Last updated on Apr 2, 2016

Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Vintage inspired gifts and accessories for men and women. I create colorful, bold iPhone cases, Ladies' Compacts, Hip Flasks, Pill Boxes and more drawing on authentic vintage design and ornamentation! Renaissance style, Victorian style, Mid Century Mod and more are favorite inspirations. All items are decorated one at a time in my Indianapolis studio, and it is my hope that you will get a daily dose of colorful artwork each time you use them!

Tamara Hoffbauer

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Tamara Hoffbauer

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1899)
Audrey Harrelson

Audrey Harrelson on Sep 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Even better than it looked on the website - haven't used it yet as it's for Fall/Winter, but it's unique and beautiful. Seller responded very quickly to questions and requests, and it was received when it was supposed to be - definitely nice to be able to buy U.S. at a reasonable price.

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Updates

Card cases from DecorativeDesignWorks are gift-ready!
Bold black and white graphic business card case for a bold business owner! #EtsyOpenCall @EtsyWholesale @shopcooperhewitt
Elegant ladies' compact motor with vintage-inspired design - a little bit of luxury in your pocket! #EtsyOpenCall @EtsyWholesale @papersource

About

My lifetime love affair with art and design...

At the tender age of six, I occupied a corner table of my parent's booth during arts and craft shows where I would sell my own handmade ceramic mushrooms and owls. (Hey, it was the seventies!) Crudely made but cute, I even managed to sell some - and I think it was then that I was hooked on creating things with my own two hands. I would eventually grow up and earn a BFA in Theatre Design, where my lifelong love affair with all things artistic became a profession. Perhaps what I loved most about designing for theatre productions was the exhaustive research time spent trying to capture the authenticity of a period for portrayal to a modern audience. I later left theatre to start a gift catalog business with my mom - but I never did forgot the thrill of selling handmade products at that first art fair!

In 2011, I took a leap and opened my Etsy shop, not knowing what to expect. I had started developing a line of personal accessories that featured classic, authentic vintage designs with a modern day twist. I needed to get back to creating, to working one on one with customers, and to find an outlet for my deep passion for all things vintage. Etsy was the perfect combination!

Today you will find me happily working in my home studio in Indianapolis every day, creating unique accessory items that feature the stunning and authentic vintage art that I am passionate about. I spend a great deal of time researching various artists and am especially fond of those that no one has ever heard of. (Who doesn't like the underdog?) With each new piece that I decide to use in my work, I start by digitizing it so that I can get up close and personal with every pixel. Without fail, every piece requires a lot of work to clean up, sharpen, and prepare for use in the studio. I often make several adaptations to create a more modern color palette, sometimes enlarging one tiny element of a design that intrigues me, and sometimes I combine multiple images into a fresh and unique design. I also create custom backgrounds and new elements that make altogether new and different pieces. The final product allows you, the user, to hold in your hands a link to our collective art history.

While I love the research and the restoration work, I am always happy when I can get my hands dirty in the studio! Once a piece is ready for production, I get to play with tools like my guillotine metal shear to cut and form the aluminum used in so many of my products, or crank up one of my heat presses to 400 degrees fahrenheit to allow the special dye transfers that I use to vaporize images into the surface of polymer coated metals, ceramics, fabrics or wood. I love technology, so this dye transfer process is really enjoyable. I liken it to a high-tech version of kiln firing (which I always was fascinated by as a youngster when my dad would fire our big ceramic kiln.)

In the end, my goal is simple. I want to celebrate beautiful art and design that would otherwise have been lost to the dustbin of history - to bring it into our modern lives and ENJOY it! Art does not belong solely in a museum or history book, but rather in our pockets, our purses, and in our hands. I'm having a lot of fun creating these accessories, and I truly hope you will enjoy using them!

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  • Tamara Hoffbauer

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Graphic Artist

    Tamara Hoffbauer has a background in arts and crafts, a BFA in Design, and a life long love of classic art. It is her goal to bring long lost bits of great design back from the past and repurpose them for our modern life!

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Last updated on Apr 26, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

Most items in my shop include a gift box. If you would like to add a free gift enclosure to your order and have me ship it to the recipient, just be sure to let me know how the card should read, and provide the correct address at checkout.

Custom and personalized orders

If you would like to work with me to create a custom order, please drop me a line so we can discuss your project! Custom items are not returnable, and may require a bit longer to process.

Wholesale availability

For wholesale information, please visit my Etsy Wholesale shop at https://www.etsy.com/guest-pass/4f0aa539ff67ba887cead008 or drop me a line for details!

About International Shipping

If international orders are returned to me as "uncollected" or "undeliverable" due to an incomplete address being provided, I am not able to refund your shipping costs and additional shipping costs will be incurred to re-ship the item. Please be aware of your country's import duties, Customs fees and VAT, these additional costs are your responsibility and are added at the point of delivery - I have no control over them. If an item appears to be lost in the mail, please allow 30-45 days for it to show up, that is the required time before a claim can be filed. Luckily, I have very good success with most international shipments and love my international customers!

Returns and Exchanges

Returned or exchanged items must be properly packaged for return shipping and arrive in resalable condition in order to qualify. Please contact me for instructions and be sure to include your name, address, and reason for return or exchange on a note in the package so that I can process your return more quickly. I'd appreciate it if you can let me know you need to return something within 30 days of receipt. If an item is damaged in shipping, please save all packing materials and let me know right away.

Package Tracking

You should receive an email upon shipping that indicates your tracking number. If you do not see that, you can always look back at your Etsy account to see the status of the order and find tracking information there, or contact me. For international shipments, please be aware that once the package leaves the States, tracking will not be updated usually until the point of delivery.