Discovered some cool new sources for beautiful handmade items to buy or inspire. Found these in American Crafts 2014 Holiday Lookbook.
- Kiriko of Portland, Oregon. “We searched Japan for centuries old denim, hand-dyed shibori and vibrant kasuri.” Check our their beautiful products.
- White Lodge Knitwear of Minneapolis. I’m a hat person, so I had to check out their hat collection. Some lovely patterns and unusual color combinations here.
- Optimo Hats of Chicago. Custom-made hats fitted to your specifications and made just for you. They even do fittings by phone. Read more about this company.
- Maryanne Moodie. Gorgeous woven items and a cool learn-to-weave kit.
- Rebicyclist. Clever name, clever product, beautiful sculptures. This guy makes amazing belts from recycled bicycle tires. He also creates lovely sculptural art from bicycle tires.
Remember, this holiday season and all year long, support your local crafts people and artists. Everyone on your list will appreciate original, handmade items!
Here’s a shout-out for my hometown Dayton, Ohio, which has a rich arts community. All of us in the arts know that keeping the arts alive in schools and in the community enriches the quality of life and economic growth in that community. A meeting yesterday at Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) brought together many local and regional artists to strategize ways we can raise the profile of the arts in our community. It’s a great start. Wherever you are, be a voice and an advocate for the arts. And, I’ll say it again, support your local artists and craftspeople as well as the shops that give them the space to sell their creations.