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Holiday Lookbook 2015


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contr ibutors Christopher H. Amundsen Executive Director American Craft Council camundsen@craftcouncil.org Judy Arginteanu Copy Editor American Craft magazine Julie K. Hanus Senior Editor American Craft magazine jhanus@craftcouncil.org Lauren Kebschull Strategic Partnership Coordinator American Craft Council lkebschull@craftcouncil.org Rachel Kirchgasler Education Coordinator American Craft Council rkirchgasler@craftcouncil.org Monica Moses Editor in Chief American Craft magazine mmoses@craftcouncil.org Christian Novak Membership Manager American Craft Council cnovak@craftcouncil.org Kristen Powell Designer American Craft Council kpowell@craftcouncil.org Perry A. Price Education Director American Craft Council pprice@craftcouncil.org Andrew Ranallo Digital Producer American Craft magazine aranallo@craftcouncil.org Elizabeth Ryan Interactive Editor American Craft magazine eryan@craftcouncil.org Dakota Sexton Assistant Editor American Craft magazine dsexton@craftcouncil.org Jessica Shaykett Librarian American Craft Council jshaykett@craftcouncil.org

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Dana Damewood

Gifts for the Gratified around this time of year i wish I were a kid. Not only because kids tend to have more stars in their eyes and more sugarplums dancing in their heads – who doesn’t want that? No, I’d like to be a kid because then I wouldn’t be so stymied when some potential gift-giver asks me what I want. Like my own kid, I’d have a list at the ready, 3 feet long. Unfortunately, like most adults, I’m a little jaded. If, at any time of year, I crave a piece of jewelry, a handy utensil, or a fluffy scarf, I generally pull out the credit card. I don’t wait for an occasion. As a result, I don’t harbor secret wishes, imagining how grand life will be once I have Book X or Jacket Y. No,

I pretty much go for instant gratification – which, as the term implies, feels good in the short term but robs the future of a little magic. As a result, when a friend or my spouse or my sibling asks what I covet, I’m at a loss. I have no needs – or even wants, as far as I know. And I’m not alone. As much as I’m unable to help my loved ones figure out what to give me, they’re no help to me. We’re all tough to shop for. What’s the solution? Buy something your loved ones don’t know they want. Something surprising. Something offbeat and inventive. Something they are unlikely to find for themselves. Which is

where this American Craft Council holiday gift guide comes in. In these pages, you’ll find a guitar made from skateboards. You’ll see a set of three elegant hand-built ceramic trays. You’ll discover a natty carpenter’s apron with pockets galore. Maybe one of those will fill the bill. Or at least spark an idea for the perfect gift for somebody on your list – no matter how jaded. Happy shopping, and happy holidays.

Monica Moses Editor in Chief, American Craft

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Corda This aqua and gold macramé tassel necklace is just one of Corda’s delicate designs – handmade by California artisan Kelli Ronci – but all of them feel at once natural and elegant. cordadesigns.com

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Oru Oru’s Shushumna earrings are a blend of woven Japanese glass beads and sleek metal. Agnieszka Zoltowski of Portland, Oregon, has a knack for delicately marrying these materials; the entire Oru collection of earrings and necklaces is divine. loveoru.com

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Rachel Shimpock What’s the best way to rock a blazer? Put a chip on it. Better yet, line your whole lapel with them. Rachel Shimpock knows how to add flavor to your brooch game, and these whimsical gold beauties are a surefire conversation starter for holiday parties. rachelshimpock.com


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Jen Cogliantry Handmade There is much to love about Brooklyn artist Jen Cogliantry’s woven fiber jewelry, from the classic knotting techniques and luxurious hand-dyed yarns (merino, alpaca, cashmere, angora) to the clean, modern design of each unique piece. The natural tones of Cogliantry’s bold yet soft necklaces and cuffs are the perfect complement to any look. jencogliantry-handmade.com

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Leah Staley In the Venn diagram of grammar geeks, jewelry lovers, and design aficionados, Leah Staley’s clever Comma earrings hit the sweet spot. Available in small, large, and elongated versions in silver or brass; all are hand-fabricated in Milwaukee. leahstaley.com Courtesy of the artist

Daniel Michalik Brooklyn designer Daniel Michalik is known for his stylish furniture made of sustainable cork. But did you know he’s branched out? He’s got coasters, cutting boards, bowls, and jewelry. The chunky 50/50 Bracelet brings rare style to the wrist. danielmichalik.com

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3 Jäg Design Looking for some out-of-theordinary adornment that’s meticulously fabricated – without the frills or twee? Minneapolis goldsmith Betty Jäger’s earrings, necklaces, and rings provide a dose of heavy metal for your look. 3jagdesign.com

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Windfall Bag + Carry Bay Area craftsman Willis Bigelow’s handmade Gumshoe Briefcase is built to last in waxed canvas, and made to order with custom trim options to fit your recipient’s taste. windfallbags.com

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Jamie Lau Designs San Francisco fashion designer Jamie Lau’s vintage-inspired dresses are beloved by women of all ages and sizes. Sewn using a variety of sumptuous fabrics, including traditional Japanese prints, handwoven ikats, and Lau’s own textile designs, the fit and feel of these frocks is a not-to-be missed handmade experience. jamielaudesigns.com

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Lanona What’s not to love about these gorgeous handmade moccasins by the team at Lanona? Each pair is made in Minnesota with American-tanned leather in a range of hues, from midnight black to canary yellow. Plus, they also craft stylish boots and slip-ons for men. lanona.co


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Niki Fisk Fellas getting ready for a dapper night on the town should not leave the house without a pair of New Orleans artist Niki Fisk’s handmade cuff links. Her 45 Insert links definitely add a dashing air to any ensemble. nikifisk.com

Red Staggerwing Lisa DeMio handcrafts these sturdy totes at her New Hampshire studio. Her high standards are visible in the impeccable construction, while her love of textiles is clear in the charming prints she sources. Find your loved one’s perfect match. etsy.com/shop/RedStaggerwing

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Ozetta Cold weather means getting cozy, and Ozetta handmade knitwear has you covered from head to toe – or should we say from hats to boot warmers? Here, Hailey Smedley’s ombré cowl adds rich color to gray wintry days. ozetta.etsy.com

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Artifact Bag Co. The equipment craftspeople use in their workshops – sturdy, functional items that help the artists produce beautiful functional objects – deserve more than passing thought. The waxed canvas and leather aprons of Omaha artisan Chris Hughes are the perfect accompaniment to your own practice, from the studio to the kitchen. artifactbags.com

EQO Optics The standard skateboard deck, made from seven layers of Canadian maple, is engineered to withstand incredible abuse. So can it be repurposed after breaking? That’s what Ryan Vecchiarelli and Jon Winfrey wondered four years ago. Today their Colorado company upcycles boards into sunglasses with features such as Polaroid lenses and spring hinges. weareqo.com

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Hemlocks Leatherworks Hemlocks Leatherworks’ shoes are handmade to order by Candace Lacosse, a onewoman shoemaking whiz. These leather beauties make the perfect everyday shoe and form to their owner’s shape – the way everything should fit in the ideal world.  hemlocksleather.com


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Oru Kayak It’s not easy to store a kayak if you live in a tiny apartment. That’s why Oru Kayak, a San Francisco startup, developed an origami-inspired take on the age-old boat. (Oru means “fold” in Japanese.) Each kayak is made from a single sheet of recyclable plastic and folds down to the size of a large portfolio. 
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Modfire Modfire continues to inspire us with their midcenturyinfluenced outdoor fireplaces, born of artist/metalworker Brandon Williams’ quest to find the perfect piece for his 1950s ranch home. This saucer-like model is a classy copper departure from his earlier conical forms, which helped build the small family project into a full-time affair. modfire.com

Sanborn Canoe Co. Don’t have a canoe? Any of Minnesota’s Sanborn Canoe handmade paddles – painted or highlighting laminations of cedar, cherry, and ash – would look as good gracing the wall of your home as dipped into your favorite body of water. sanborncanoe.com

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Tom Raffield To produce elegant pieces of furniture and lighting such as this Butterfly pendant, Tom Raffield doesn’t rely on complex machinery. Instead the craftsman and his team, working in Cornwall, England, focus on steam bending, a low-impact method of producing home furnishings that is just one of many of the workshop’s efforts to promote sustainability. tomraffield.com

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Foxwood Co. The design of these planters from Maryland’s Foxwood Co. lets the natural beauty of locally sourced walnut do the talking. Of course, their hand-carved angles and Tung oil finish don’t hurt. foxwoodco.com

Suzye Ogawa Suzye Ogawa’s exceptional craftsmanship is evident in every piece of miniature sculpture that she creates. The northern California artist is inspired by her Japanese American heritage; the tiny details capture interest and pique curiosity. suzyeogawa.com

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Melanie Abrantes Brighten up your home with a hand-turned vase by Bay Area designer and woodworker Melanie Abrantes. Made from solid hardwoods such as walnut and cherry, these one-of-a-kind pieces also ship with a glass vial for showcasing fresh flowers. melanieabrantes.com

Christina Boy Design In her one-woman shop near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Christina Boy crafts top-quality furniture and kitchenware from responsibly sourced and salvaged lumber. Snag one of her engraved cutting boards in a combination of maple and walnut or walnut and cherry, and ring in the New Year with cheese – so much cheese. christinaboydesign.com

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Ladies & Gentlemen Studio At Seattle-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Dylan Davis and Jean Lee take a whimsical approach to design. Their AppĂŠtit trivets, co-designed with Kevin Do, are made from reclaimed leather scraps and stamped with patterns resembling tasty foods such as stroopwafel, crackers, and panini. ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com

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Son of a Sailor At William Knopp and Jessica Tata’s studio in Austin, Texas, modern design mingles with seafaring style. The couple named their venture Son of a Sailor as a nod to Knopp’s stint in the Navy; they also pay tribute to that background with classic, utilitarian materials such as brass. 
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Clam Lab Brooklyn ceramist Clair Catillaz’s vessels don’t scream or shout, yet they make a statement. Their asymmetrical forms are subtle but memorable, their glazes subdued and textured. They’re perfect for that thoughtful aesthete on your list. clamlab.com

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Noble Goods At their Brooklyn workshop, Molly FitzSimons and Christopher Moore produce home furnishings and accessories that could easily be described as organic. Their Honeycomb tray is made using solid American hardwoods such as maple, shown here, and features an inlaid honeycomb pattern coated in bio-derived, environmentally friendly resin. noblegoods.com

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Smoothhills Weaving Trained as a printmaker, Mandi Smethells began weaving after her twin sister introduced her to the world of fiber art through design blogs. Smethells, who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, instinctively took to the medium, turning her passion for nature, color, and pattern into brilliantly hued, highly textural wall hangings, perfect for any living space. smoothhillsweaving.com


Peg Woodworking Looking to update your kitchen or dining room? Get cozy with these handwoven chairs by Peg Woodworking’s Kate Casey, a Brooklyn designer and woodworker whose work includes elements of Danish cord weaving, macramé, and Shaker techniques. pegwoodworking.com

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Umemi You’d be hard-pressed to find pillows exactly like Icelandic maker Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir’s sweatery, comfy cushions. Plop a Maybeknot or Notknot pillow on a bland couch and watch the room come alive. umemi.com

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Hank by Henry Allison Henry describes the chopsticks she designs with chef Edward Ross as “fancy little sticks of wood” – and they are as fabulous as they are functional. The Portland, Oregon, duo’s tiny treasures are made in pairs from untreated hardwood before being painted by hand. hankbyhenry.com

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Wind & Willow Home Jazz up your kitchen with these nesting bowls by Wind & Willow Home. Whether you’re throwing the bash of the season or curling up on the couch with

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Charlotte Mei With adorable wares such as this Toast plate, Charlotte Mei mines contemporary culture with a sense of wit and play. The London artist’s most recent line of ceramics includes tableware that can be customized with words and one-off illustrations, including Mei’s interpretations of cult favorites such as Star Wars and Adventure Time. charlottemei.com

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popcorn and a family-friendly flick, these decorative and useful bowls by Minneapolis artist Araya get the job done with flair. windandwillowhome.com

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Sweet Gum Co. Most every day, we make something to eat. Joseph Huebscher wants us to appreciate the little movements that go into that ritual. The Tennessee woodworker vows to “make the mundane realities of scooping, cutting, sipping, and all the other choreography of home life handsome and holy.” Exhibit A: his sweet hackberry scoops. sweetgumco.com

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Lynda Ladwig Ceramics For a sleek, contemporary addition to your serving collection, snag Lynda Ladwig’s six-sided tray set. The chic ceramics are the perfect way to show off the results of all those hours in the kitchen (or time spent ordering takeout – we won’t tell). lyndaladwigceramics.com

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J. Hill’s Standard The perfect addition to a well-crafted home bar: elegant cut crystal, made by the master craftsmen of J. Hill’s Standard, an Irish company that takes pride in remixing its legendary techniques with contemporary design. jhillsstandard.com

Branan Mercer Teatime isn’t the same old routine with Alabama potter Branan Mercer’s update on the traditional tea bowl. With a modern edge, a pop of color, and a barely controlled glaze that bulges and drips, he teases drama from the bowl’s clean lines. etsy.com/shop/merceramics

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Indigo and Snow With these flour-sack tea towels, Indigo and Snow founder Annabella Sardelis shares something very intimate: a prayer of gratitude repeated daily at her own dinner table. The Minneapolis designer and textile artist adds visual interest by hand-printing each one with a sumi ink drawing. indigoandsnow.com

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Baigelman Glass It’s easy to mix artful objects and artisan booze with these cocktail glasses from Chicago’s Baigelman Glass. The studio is helmed by Aaron Baigelman and his partner Heather Ahrens; Baigelman wants his hot shop to serve not just as a business but also a place where emerging artists can comfortably hone their craft. baigelmanglass.com

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Mike Helke Pottery Minnesota ceramist Mike Helke manages the most subtle of balancing acts in his pieces, producing vases, ewers, and other pottery

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that feel clean and modern, yet still convey the individual quirks and flourishes of the handmade. mikehelke.com


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Specks & Keepings Hillery Sproatt grew up surrounded by vibrant yarns, threads, and fabrics – her mother is fiber artist and clothing designer Debra Weiss. Sproatt’s own artistic path began with the study of drawing and printmaking, but her lifelong love for textiles and folklore is evident in her playful handmade mobiles and knit blankets. specksandkeepings.com

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Polka Dot Club Heirloom-quality toys might sound like a thing of the past – but not if Jennifer Murphy has anything to say about it. The secondgeneration Minneapolis maker crafts plush animals using soft mohair, as well as toys such as these PDC rattle balls, which are intended to last a lifetime. polkadotclub.com

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Beehive Handmade Tiny tots on your list? New parents, perhaps? Delight them with this lead-free pewter elephant spoon set made in Massachusetts by metalsmiths Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd. The raised elephant designs make it easier for little hands to grip these instant-heirloom utensils. beehivehandmade.com

Oh Dier Maker duo William and Katie Dohman bring back the nostalgia of childhood with a Minnesota twist. Their Paul Bunyan Block Bot is not only the original trendy lumberjack, but, with Babe the Blue Ox, the perfect pal. ohdier.com Courtesy of Oh Dier

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Prisma Guitars Ever wonder where your old skateboards go after they die? Nick Pourfard of Prisma Guitars is reimagining recycling, making used and broken boards into striking electric guitars. Each is unique and sounds as good as it looks – a one-of-a-kind prize to be held onto for generations. prismaguitars.com

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Walnut Studiolo No more fumbling with that beverage six-pack while you bike. Walnut Studiolo has created an ingenious handcrafted leather frame cinch to keep your favorite libation (or any plethora of objects) safe and sound. The sturdy design and rich leather make it a perfect gift for the heritage biker on your list. walnutstudiolo.com

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General Knot & Co. While they were leading design teams at companies such as Ralph Lauren and Levi’s, Ann and Andrew Payne amassed a cache of rare and vintage fabrics. So it feels natural that the Bedford, New York, business the couple started together skillfully remixes old fabric stock (sourced from around the world) into hip neckwear and functional accessories. Shown here is a combination planner/ iPad case. generalknot.com

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Digital Wood Wisconsin-based artist and furniture maker Christy Oates specializes in marquetry, using laser-cut pieces of wood veneer to create stunning surface designs. Her unique marquetry kits, with pre-cut veneer pieces, invite everyone to try their hand at this craft; she has designs appropriate for both beginners and advanced woodworkers. digitalwood.com

The Wooden Boombox Each portable, Bluetoothcapable Wooden Boombox is designed by artists and handmade in North Carolina, so you can listen to your tunes loud and proud. The Original,

by designer and company founder Jake Mize brings back summer days of ’80s jams, boombox raised above your head to make a statement (or get the girl). thewoodenboombox.com

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American Craft Council Holiday Lookbook 2015  

We've handpicked 50 fabulous handmade gifts to give this holiday season.

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