Behind the Virtual Storefront: Interview with mobile maker and Etsy seller Marco Mahler

Artist, printmaker and writer Aijung Kim is running a series of interviews with Etsy sellers titled “Behind the Virtual Storefront” in connection with a workshop on Etsy Seller Basics that she is teaching at the VMFA Studio School. She was so nice to ask me to participate:

“I discovered Marco’s shop when I typed “Richmond, VA” in the “Shop Local” feature on Etsy. Marco Mahler’s shop, ArtMobile, intrigued me because fine art mobiles like his are an unusual item to find on Etsy, and he takes great photographs of his work. His mobiles are fun and stylish, and pretty classy-looking if I do say so myself. His 3d-printed mobiles are apparently the first of their kind! Also, I don’t see that many guy sellers on Etsy, so his shop stood out to me for that reason, too. I hope you enjoy reading the interview with Marco. Turns out he’s pretty business-savvy. I learned a lot from reading his answers. Enjoy!”

- Read the interview -

Photo of Mobiles

Photos of a custom mobile I finished last week

Photos of a custom mobile I finished last week for a private residence in Florida (via CAD International):

Photo of Custom Calder Style Mobiles

Photo of Custom Mobiles

The design is inspired by the architecture of the Butterfield House in New York City for which I previously made a custom mobile.

Photo of Custom Mobiles

Photo of Custom Mobiles

Photo of Custom Calder Style Mobiles

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Designs for large custom mobiles for a two story lobby

Designs for large custom mobiles for a two story lobby in Houston, TX – The client requested a Calder-style mobile that would help create a modern, classy, airy feeling:

Design 1:

Image of Large Custom Calder Style Mobiles

In red and black, a classic Calder combination:

Image of Large Custom Calder Style Mobiles - Red and Black

Image of Large Custom Calder Inspired Mobiles

Again, in red and black:

Image of Large Custom Calder Inspired Mobiles - Red and Black

Design 2:

Image of Calder Mobiles For Sale

First floor perspective:

Image of Calder Mobiles Reproductions For Sale

Design 3 – inspired by the shapes on a rug that will be in the lobby:

Image of Large Custom Hanging Mobiles

Image of Hanging Mobiles

Design 4 – Showing a different type of mobile structure with a mid-century modern art design element to it:

Image of Hanging Mid Century Modern Art Mobiles

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Mobile above stairwell – Two photos from a happy client

Two photos I just received from a happy customer (“Mobile is amazing, well crafted. Thank you!”):

Photo of a Hanging Mobile in a Private Residence

Photo of a Mobile hanging above a stairwell

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Custom Mobiles for a sunglasses / eyeglasses company

Custom mobiles I designed for a sunglasses / eyeglasses company:

Drawing of Custom Mobiles

Drawing of Custom Mobiles

- Made of titanium which is 56% the weight of steel -

Drawing of Custom Mobiles

Drawing of Custom Mobiles

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© 2014 Marco Mahler