Foreignspell

made from songs & stamps

San Francisco, California

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Foreignspell is a creative studio captained by Niki Baker. You'll find stationery, art prints, face masks, clothing for all ages, mugs, totes & more - made from songs & stamps.

Follow me on instagram @foreignspell for new releases & giveaways!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 27, 2020

Find even more treasures & designs at foreignspell.com!

Foreignspell is a creative studio captained by Niki Baker. You'll find stationery, art prints, face masks, clothing for all ages, mugs, totes & more - made from songs & stamps.

Follow me on instagram @foreignspell for new releases & giveaways!

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About Foreignspell

Sales 191
On Etsy since 2011

"I'm frozen with joy right where I stand"

I’m the artist and music lover behind the creations at Foreignspell. I started Foreignspell in 2006 because I wanted to express my appreciation of music in a visual way. I truly didn’t even consider that this idea could become more than a college art project. But once a layoff forced me to get creative with my income, I decided to try and make a go of selling my wares. This shop is a dream project that’s been literal years in the making. And I’m just so excited that you’re here!

MY VALUES

I really want to inspire people to navigate the world with more kindness, and to show more love to the people in their lives. I’m hoping the cards and crafts in my shop encourage people to celebrate life moments both big and small.

I am committed to running my shop in a way that's compatible with a healthy and thriving planet. I only work with artisans and suppliers who are also committed to following sustainable and ethical business practices. And, honestly, that shit does cost more, but it’s so worth the extra investment.

I also believe it’s important to give back. I donate a percentage of every sale to a nonprofit organization that is working to bring more kindness into our world. You can read more about them one my website.

MY STORY

When I started Foreignspell as an art student, I was interested in figuring out how I could express the experience of listening to music in a visual medium. Listening to music has always been such a visceral, colorful experience for me and I really wanted to get what was going on in my head onto paper somehow. So I created three little paintings inspired by song lyrics. And that became the foundation for Foreignspell.

In some ways I feel like I was fated to make art inspired by music. Growing up, my mom’s home was never silent - she made sure our lives had a constant soundtrack. And some of my earliest memories are of dancing around the living room with her to Van Morrison songs. My dad is an incredible singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of his own. And to this day he likes to drive me around San Francisco to point out all the different venues he’s played at. Maybe if I weren’t so afraid of the stage, I’d be a musician too… Alas, I’m far too scared of performing, so this is my way of paying homage and being part of the music world in some small way.

MY PROCESS

I take pride in touching every part of the process when it comes to producing a product for my shop - from ideation and illustrating to shipping. The whole thing usually starts when I’ve got a song lyric stuck in my head, or I hear a song that conjures up some strong imagery. Either way, once the thought is in my mind, I can’t shake it until I get it out on paper. After illustrating the idea onto paper, I transfer the design to a blank rubber stamp and get to carving. Once the design has been carved out, I ink up the stamp with lots of color and press it onto each piece one by one. Starting in 2018, I also scan the finished print and chop it up into even more handmade elements. Then I send the piece off to local artisans for reproduction. And finally, I package each delivery by hand and schlep it up a giant hill to the post office. If you want to know know the nitty gritty details of my process, you can read more about it on my website.

I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out with any questions, advice, jokes, or song requests - I'm happy to hear it all!

Shop members

  • Niki Baker

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Printmaker, artist, illustrator, SF native, music zealot, animal lover, francophile, proud former Seattleite, expert whistler, food & libation enthusiast and competent juggler.

  • Gracie Cat

    Assistant, Customer Service, Marketer

    She is in charge of when production stops and it is time to feed the cat.

Production partners

  • DeFrance Printing

    CA, United States

    DeFrance Printing has been San Diego's partner in printing since 1893 by Albert Heath, whose founding principles were quality printing with exceptional service. Over the past century through their experiences and daily interactions they still maintain these principles today.

  • Printful

    CA, United States

    Printful is an on-demand order fulfillment and warehousing service that fulfills and ships products including clothing, accessories, and home & living items for online businesses. I use them because I have very little money & space to invest in bulk manufacturing.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 27, 2020
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Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
All sales are final, but I do understand that things happen and want to ensure you have the best experience! You are entitled to a full refund of damaged goods, less shipping & with return of original items. Please note that the product must be returned unused, in original packaging including all tags. In case of refund neither the original shipping cost nor the return shipping cost will be repaid. Please contact us for return address.
Payment
PayPal, checks & all major credit cards accepted. Please pay upon purchase. If you have any questions about the checkout process I would be more than happy to help. Checks must clear before shipment, so please keep in mind that adds to turnaround time.

All products remain Foreignspell's property until full payment is made. The price applicable is that set at the date on which you place your order. Shipping costs and payment fees are recognized before confirming the purchase.

All transfers conducted through Foreignspell are handled and transacted through third party dedicated gateways to guarantee your protection. Card information is not stored and all card information is handled over SSL encryption.
Shipping
Orders are shipped using USPS, unless otherwise requested, within 3-4 days of payment receipt. All items are sent with the utmost care.
Additional policies and FAQs
Wholesale, consignment & custom orders?

Yes please!

Contact me at foreignspell [!at] gmail.com