OtherSideSilly

Original and Unusual - Artwork, Gifts and Cards

Cambridge, United Kingdom | 149 Sales

OtherSideSilly

Original and Unusual - Artwork, Gifts and Cards

Cambridge, United Kingdom 149 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (40)

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/Othersidesilly
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OtherSideSilly
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/othersidesilly

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 4, 2019

Hello and welcome to my shop!

Fancy seeing what I'm working on and what's inspiring me? Check out my social media for updates:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/Othersidesilly
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OtherSideSilly
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/othersidesilly

Sam Dickinson

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My first regular stall at Cambridge's Market Square. Photographed are my dinky ink paintings :)

About

Adorable yet...maybe a little dark

Just like many other creatives here on etsy, I've always loved to paint and to create things. As odd as it sounds, I also just love to look at things; to figure out the story behind them. It's not so much a passion as simply the way I am, the way I see things.

I was lucky enough to find a creative job straight out of university, though one very different to the etsy store I'm running now. This one was in the video games industry. I worked in an amazing studio filled with wonderful creative people. I moved from 3D digital art, to level design and finally into production (more of a management role).

I worked there for just over 10 years. During the past few years, I spent more of my spare time focusing on my own artwork. Creative industries are great for inspiration, but it can be hard to find the time to act on that inspiration. Sadly, at the start of this year, our studio closed.

I took some time to think. I realised that what I really wanted was to spend my time working on my own projects, following my creative drive wherever it takes me. That's what Other Side Silly is to me, my chance to explore and enjoy simply being creative again. Every day. I love it!

The paintings you'll find here have been described to me as both adorable and 'maybe a little dark'. I like the contrast, and find they compliment each other wonderfully. Besides, no matter how hard I try, painting one without the other simply doesn't feel right to me.

So, I'd like to invite people to experience a little of both sides of the world I imagine. I hope this will appeal to anyone looking for something a little different or unusual. I'm taking an alternative approach to gifts and greetings cards, where things can be that little bit darker and that little bit more personal.

As for the name, 'Other Side Silly' - well, that started as a little joke I'd write on the back of cards made for friends and family. Now it represents a desire to see more depth in all things and all situations, to look from the other side. Anyway, it sort of stuck. ;)

Shop members

  • Sam

    Owner

    I'm Sam, the creator of Other Side Silly. Having recently finished working as a video games designer and producer, I've decided to take some time to enjoy being creative and focus on my artwork. I hope you enjoy my creations!

Production partners

  • St. Ives Quick Print

    St Ives, England

    A local printing studio, who have taken over from my previous production partner (Cambridge Printers) upon their closure. They print and cut my greetings cards.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Aug 29, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Earrings:
Always remove earrings before swimming, bathing or showering as these activities will damage them.
I also recommend that you remove your earrings before sleeping, to prevent them getting crushed or caught.

Coasters:
To clean them, use a soft, damp cloth or sponge. Mild detergents may be used for tougher spills, but please do not scrub them as this can damage the design!
To lengthen the life & protect the feet of your coasters, please do not place them in the dishwasher.

Tea Caddies:
Do not store strongly coloured spices in the tin, as any spillage could stain the painting on the outside.
Wipe with a soft damp cloth if necessary. Please do not soak or scrub the design as it is hand painted.
Never place in the dishwasher.

Earring Returns

For hygiene reasons, if you change your mind about an order, I cannot accept returns of earrings once the postal packaging has been opened. If you need to cancel an order that has already been dispatched, please contact me to see if this can be arranged.

Metal Allergies

I use surgical steel posts for all of my earrings.
This is because I suffer metal allergies and surgical steel is one of the only metals I've found not to cause a reaction.
That said, I cannot guarantee another metal allergy sufferer would have the same experience! Everybody's different, after all.
I do not keep other metals in stock, but I'm happy to order some in and create a custom pair for you. Please contact me before placing your order, and be aware that delivery times will be slightly longer.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I'm happy to gift wrap any item, and can write personalised messages on request.
Just let me know when you place your order!
If you would like an item to be sent directly to someone else, don't forget to add their address to your etsy account. I will only be shipping to addresses provided by etsy (not paypal, etc.)

Shipping

Postage Days:
In order to have time to work on my creations during the week, I now post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

UK & International Orders:
All orders over £10 will now be shipped using a tracked & signed for service for added piece of mind.
I will send you a tracking number once your order has been posted.

International Orders - Why is the cost of postage so high?
I am a UK seller and shipping via a tracked service to worldwide destinations costs the quoted amount (I am absorbing packaging and processing costs).
As standard services do not provide a tracking number, there's no way to know where your package is if there's a problem. I therefore do not ship internationally using standard services for orders over £10.

Postage Materials & Recycling

Wherever possible I try to recycle postal materials such as jiffy bags, to help protect our environment.
If your order is to be sent directly as a gift and you would specifically prefer that I use new packaging, just let me know.