Absolutely Icebox! - art & handmade goodies

East Watertown, Massachusetts · 180 Sales


Absolutely Icebox! - art & handmade goodies

East Watertown, Massachusetts 180 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Absolutely Icebox – an eclectic mix of art & handmade goodies!


Last updated on Dec 18, 2015

Welcome to Absolutely Icebox – an eclectic mix of art & handmade goodies!

Chrissy Kurpeski

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Chrissy Kurpeski

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Eclectic enthusiastic art maker.

I like lots of things! That sounds very random, but it's a big reason why this shop exists. My inherent quirk for drawing and making lots of things meant that I got to go to art school, where I studied graphic design and illustration. I ended up discovering a latent magnetism to book design, which I pursued with gusto. Currently, I am a lucky duck and get to work as a book designer – and even though I'm in design heaven, I'm still compelled to create lots of different things. So this shop is the outpouring of creative compulsions outside of my day job. Hello, and welcome!

Below is a little more information about the different kinds of items that I offer in my shop.

Art Prints: I'm pretty sure my gusto for drawing started as soon as I could pick up a crayon. I'm very terrible at words, so drawing is my favorite mode of communication. I like to draw things that make me chuckle, and I hope they get a chuckle out of a few other people too! I'm currently still setting up my art prints printing process, so check back soon for more info.

Greeting Cards: I've been making cards since I was a wee one, I think because of my inclination towards art-making and zeal for objects and gift-giving (but being pretty awful at guessing what a dear friend or family member would like or have an interest in). Spending time making a unique card is a way I can show someone that I care. Nowadays, my love of drawing and knowledge of design and print production has honed my greeting card mania in to something that I can offer to other card-giving folks.

Crochet: Though my life has always been full of art-making, I didn't have many opportunities for creating objects with my hands. I was a little curious about 3-D art, but no medium really spoke to me until a coworker (and dear friend) brought me to a lunch time knitting group at work, and taught me how to knit and crochet. I immediately realized that this was what I had been missing! Though I enjoy creating useful and warm objects, I've been particularly fascinated with cute little crochet objects. And after a few years, I started to create my own patterns for adorable little crochet cuties. (And I'm thrilled to say that, though we're now employed at different companies, my dear friend and I still get together to knit during lunch!)

Typographic Ornaments: After misinterpreting an e-newsletter from one of my favorite font houses, I pondered why "Typographic Ornaments" – typographic ornamentation in a physical ornament form – didn't yet exist. I thought about how I would go about making "Typographic Ornaments," and decided that I would want them to be made out of wood in order to emphasize the physical real-ness of something that is usually found on the printed or digital page. My lack of woodworking experience fueled my research in to laser cutting machines, which led me to the very fine folks over at danger!awesome in Cambridge MA (www.dangerawesome.co). After training on their machines and experimenting with some prototypes, I'm now happy to bring Typographic Ornaments in to the world! I am involved in and responsible for every step in the process – each Typographic Ornament starts out as a digital file that is designed by me, then I set it up in the laser cutting machine to be cut out of 1/8" thick unfinished Baltic birch plywood.

My studio is located in my home in Watertown, MA. New England's harsh, blustery wintertimes and hot, soupy summertimes tend to drive me indoors and embrace art/craft-type activities. When I'm not making items for my shop, I am more than likely still making something – for a loved one, for a charity, for myself, or just to learn something new.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please convo me with any questions and the like, and do come by again. Here's how you can keep up-to-date:
Instagram: @absolutelyicebox

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Shop members

  • Chrissy Kurpeski

    Owner, Designer, Picture Draw-er

    Freelance book designer and illustrator. Making art set to a background soundtrack of sci-fi flicks and songs of yesteryear.

  • ViVi

    Director Of Human Resources

    Plucky side-kick and chewer of Micron pens.

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Last updated on October 13, 2014

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If you're not happy, then I'm not happy. Contact me ASAP if there are any issues with the item you ordered, and we will work out an action plan to make it right.
I'm a big fan of our planet, so when it comes to shipping materials, I aim to be as environmentally conscious as possible. I currently mail items in biodegradable and recyclable poly mailers made by EcoEnclose (http://EcoEnclose.etsy.com), and my shipping labels are 100% recyclable. Large orders may necessitate the use of a cardboard box, but those are recyclable as well. I strive to use reused/recycled materials whenever possible to pack and protect items.