Etsy Art & Culture | Off Book | PBS Arts


America has a long tradition of handmade arts and crafts. In the manufacturing age, however, much of this work was overshadowed by the homogenizing force of retail culture. But the passion for handmade arts didn’t disappear, and persisted through the years in local craft fairs. Now in the age of the internet, these local craft cultures and artists have found a unifying online community, Etsy, that provides a platform for communication and sales to appreciative fans and customers, as well as a medium to connect with each other and share ideas across the globe.
Featuring:
Vanessa Bertozzi, Director of Community & Education, Etsy
Alyssa Zygmunt, http://www.etsy.com/shop/BROOKLYNrehab
Allison Patrick, http://www.etsy.com/shop/zipper8lighting
Katherine Rasmussen, http://www.etsy.com/shop/reiter8

Custom Toys Galore!

Hero Builders

Build your own hip hop action figures and urban action figures right here, online. This is the first site on the Internet that has totally customizable toys and12″ action figures. …The race you want, the look, the clothes, even the eye and hair color can be changed!

http://www.herobuilders.com/ondemand/

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Toy Builders

Stereolithography (SLA) and vacuum-casting is the technology used to make rapid-prototype toys. We can work from sketches or digital files of any kind in order to create your product. Using your images, sketches or 3D files from any 3D program we can create any product or toy you imagine instantly.

http://www.toybuilders.com/building_your_3d_creations.htm

Bigshot Toyworks is a creative studio specializing in the design and production of unique collectables, toys and art objects.

http://www.bigshottoyworks.com/category/rapid-prototyping/

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World of Warcraft

FigurePrints are one-of-a-kind, custom statues of your World of Warcraft® characters created using high-tech 3D color printing machines. Our artists pull your character from the virtual world and bring it to life.

http://www.figureprints.com/Default.aspx

Rockband Merch

Rock Band 2 developer Harmonix has opened a new section of its game’s official site allowing players to order custom merchandise based on their in-game bands — including 6-inch figurines of individual bandmates.

http://www.rockband.com/merch