SandraEterovic

I sew I draw I knit + I saw

Melbourne, Australia · 881 Sales

SandraEterovic

I sew I draw I knit + I saw

Melbourne, Australia 881 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(275)

Announcement   A HUGE thank you to the staff of Etsy for making me a featured seller!!!
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-seller-sandra-eterovic/
My items are made with love and care by me, using the best quality sustainable materials that I can find. I generally ship within 24 hours of purchase. If something that you like is listed only in the Sold Items section, 'convo' me: it's likely that I can make you something similar to order. Thank you for visiting. If you like what you see, pop over here too: http://sandraeterovic.blogspot.com/

Announcement

A HUGE thank you to the staff of Etsy for making me a featured seller!!!
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-seller-sandra-eterovic/
My items are made with love and care by me, using the best quality sustainable materials that I can find. I generally ship within 24 hours of purchase. If something that you like is listed only in the Sold Items section, 'convo' me: it's likely that I can make you something similar to order. Thank you for visiting. If you like what you see, pop over here too: http://sandraeterovic.blogspot.com/

Sandra Eterovic

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Sandra Eterovic

Original painted bat: The Equestrian
US$190.61
Love Me As I Am- embroidered cushion no.IV
US$106.41
Greeting card - Lady with Village on her Head
US$3.79
OOAK -- Dalmatian Hand painted wooden clock
US$121.72
Fine art print -- Man and Cow
US$21.43
Illustration book bag: Spam
US$21.43
Fine art print -- Girl Wearing Fair Isle Vest
US$21.43
Original painted bat: The Librarian
US$144.68
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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(275)
Vanessa Holle

Vanessa Holle on Jul 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of Sandra's, this bat like all her work is even better in the flesh

Fitby40

Fitby40 on Jul 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Really enjoying this unique art on my wall! Super!!!

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About

Sandra Eterovic

I was born in Melbourne and have always lived here, but I am lucky to have travelled to many places. As a child, I spent several summer months in my parents’ hometown of Pucisca, which is on a beautiful island off the coast of Croatia. I vividly recall widows in black dresses with tiny floral patterns, unfamiliar packaging in the supermarket and the quaint kitchen in my grandmother’s house; these things have informed my aesthetic immeasurably.

I studied art history at university but decided that I preferred to make art. After a couple of years at a TAFE college experimenting with ceramics and illustration, I landed a job in the fashion industry diligently redrawing Taz the Devil and Mickey Mouse in humorous poses for boxer shorts. This led to work as a surface designer for t-shirt prints, fabrics, bed linen, accessories and occasionally even toys. Late in 2010, I decided to leave my job at Seed Heritage to devote myself to making my own work. I also take on freelance illustration and other projects.

I am a homebody. I enjoy hanging pictures, arranging flowers, moving my tchotchkes around or replacing the colourful fabrics that I use as curtains and cushion covers. I also love to read about food, experiment with new recipes and then share them with friends. When it’s warm enough, I like to read in the back yard or a nearby park. I am trying to educate myself about gardening.

My inspiration comes from vintage books, toys, and games. The island that my parents are from. My 1970s childhood. Strange and funny old people on the tram. A day of exploration at the library. The huge number of wonderful artists local to Melbourne but also the thousands I have discovered online. What a world! Everyone and everything around me is potential inspiration. Who knows what will be next? It’s that surprising element that makes creating so exciting.

I love handmade. Handmade things carry life itself in their consideration, imperfection and uniqueness. They deserve to be cherished forever and are the exact opposite to the piles of discarded televisions that seem to be proliferating in our streets right now.

I come from a family which rarely puts its feet up. My mother always sewed and knitted our clothes, and to this day bakes bread and cooks the most incredible meals. My father trained as a fine stonemason and is a great gardener and winemaker. My brother is a brilliant designer, craftsman and motorbike restorer. To be constantly making or fixing something is as normal as breathing for us.

I feel much more comfortable with the term “maker” than the term “artist,” which I suspect has to do with both of the B.S.-intolerant cultures that I am from. I have always loved making things, from clothing for my dolls, writing and illustrating pretend magazines, to playing cooking show host while helping Mum chop vegetables. Designing at a computer screen eight hours a day for 15 years was never going to feel right for me, and now I can’t believe I persisted for that long.

For years, I have been keeping notebooks in which I sketch or paste images that I admire or which might trigger an idea. Strange phrases pop up in my head, and I note those too. My ideas are often like a jigsaw puzzle that is waiting for the missing piece. I rarely get ideas by spontaneously playing with materials because unfortunately I rarely allow myself time for that.

I find every studio I visit interesting, but if I had the opportunity to go back in time I cannot think of anything more exciting than to watch Michelangelo run his atelier, Leonardo come up with his brilliant inventions or Rubens paint an enormous canvas alongside his apprentices. Not only would it be enormous fun, it might call into question the modern concept of what an ‘artist’ actually is.

I own my paternal grandmother’s wooden tatting tools, which are carved with decorations and worn with use. I have no idea how tatting is done, so for me they are magical because they hold the secret of a dying art and the culture of a very different time and place. I also own a traditional bright blue stonemason’s outfit that my maternal grandfather never wore and kept especially for me, as he understood my interest in workwear.

To get out of a creative rut, I might bury my head in a new book or magazine at the library, go to an exhibition or walk down a street that I have rarely visited. I have vowed that on my next spare day I will go to the main railway station, board the next train, get off at whichever suburb has the least familiar name and explore it.

In ten years time I would like to be living in a peaceful and beautiful home by the sea, with a wonderful family knowing that there is a bunch of things out there in the world that are loved and that I am proud to have designed and/or made. And to be able to afford a holiday almost every year to explore a country that I have never been to would be wonderful.

(Adapted from an interview which appeared on the Etsy blog, April 2012)

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 7, 2016
Hello and welcome to my shop! I’m very happy that you’re here.

Please read below before proceeding with your order. If you have any questions, or just want to say hello, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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Shipping
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS
All orders shipped outside Australia are sent via Australia Post International Airmail. Please note that international customers are responsible for all customs, duties and taxes associated with shipping to their respective countries. International customers are also responsible for abiding by any import restrictions to their country.

AUSTRALIAN ORDERS
Most items shipped with Registered Post.

DISPATCH/DELIVERY TIMES
Orders are generally shipped within 48 hours of receiving payment.

Orders within Australia usually arrive within one week.
Asia/Pacific: one to two weeks.
Rest of the world: two to four weeks.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final and no refunds or exchanges will be given. Please look carefully at images and read all descriptions of goods before proceeding with your order. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If your goods arrive in faulty condition, please let me know ASAP. My customers are special and I want them to be happy, always!
Additional policies and FAQs
All artwork/images © Sandra Eterovic
Purchasing an artwork does not entitle the buyer to reproduction rights. If you'd like to use any of my artwork or images for a public or commercial purpose, please ask me first.