A few years ago, one of my New Year's resolutions was to incorporate more art into my life. Unfortunately, this did not include getting said art framed and put on the wall. I currently have about 4-5 works of art awaiting some sort of mounting. But that's my fault, not the artists'. I thought I would gather a few of my favorite local crafters and artists and sources for these things so that everyone could get a heads up on their holiday shopping. Supporting local artists and crafters - and locally-owned businesses - keeps your money in the economy, cuts out the middle man for the most part, and probably helps someone get one stop closer to realizing their dream of working for themselves. I also have a dream of working for myself one day, so I realize the importance of this. It's kind of similar to supporting your local farmers - keeping your money in the local economy helps foster a sense of community.
Of course, I spend tons of money at Target every month, so I am a complete hypocrite. Just wanted to get that out there.
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There are some excellent events for purchasing from local artists during the holiday season.
The first event is Tiny Canary at Junctionview Studios. Tiny Canary is held November 15th & 16th and features tons and tons of great art and crafted items at all price levels. It's great to meet the artists. If you are looking for really unique gifts for hard-to-buy-for people, Tiny Canary is the perfect event.
C Note Art Show provides a great opportunity to buy art from local artists for a mere $100. This is the place to start working on your own collection or help someone you love start theirs.
Sprout Soup is a mother & child shop in north Clintonville which specializes in things like carrying wraps, organic mattresses, and wooden toys. On December 6th, they will have their annual holiday craft fair. Another local business, Baying Hound, stock reusable bags and bottles in the shop as well, so you can doubly support local businesses!
Also on December 6th, the North Market holds their Holiday open house and Craft Extravaganza! Lots of the artists I've mentioned in this list will be there, so don't miss it.
Wholly Craft! is a shop in Clintonville which features tons of locally-produced crafted items.
On Paper is one of my favorite places in the city. They sell amazing cards and paper products. Husband loves it because he knows he can go in and buy anything there and I will love it. On Paper prints the best business cards (mine are from them) and I've made lots of friends go there for their cards as well. Husband's Euro-sized cards are also sourced from On Paper.
I haven't been to European Papers yet, but I just signed up for my first class there. I am trying to work on my crafty life, and they offer some great classes. If you love paper like I do, their online store will have you mesmerized and dreaming for hours.
Here are some Crafty/Artsy kids here in Columbus . . . if you know of more, I would love to add to the list! Or, if you already let me know about someone and I
Little Allouette is a collaboration of Columbus blogger Amy and her master woodcrafter Husband. They make heirloom-quality toys, teethers, rattles, and other items. Their products can even be found in Mid Atlantic Whole Foods stores (including ours) throughout the holidays!
Yumi Yumi makes delightful prints of original artwork. Many of the prints feature nature - either realistic or fanciful - in bright colors and in color studies; birds are a recurring theme. The prints lend themselves to being paired in groups (in my opinion, although I am no artist).
Sweet Stella makes rings, pins, bracelets and pendants which frequently feature fond food memories, such as a set of s'more-making supplies and s'mores or buttered toast cuff links.
I absolutely love paper. So it might seem strange that my chosen media is the internet and I never get around to sending thank you notes (chances are if you know me, I owe you a thank you note). At any rate, Queen Bee Paper will personalize all sorts of stationary, holiday cards, and notepads for you. I am particularly fond of these nature note pads, which can be personalized with up to 35 characters.
Lexie of Balaton Fibers spins her own yarn, some even come from Ohio sheep & llamas! She makes great-looking scarves and collars from these yarns, some of which have been left close to their natural state, making for very interesting finished products.
UpUp makes great art quilts out of organic cotton, original pendants from recycled Scrabble pieces, and I really like her "I Have Everything I Need" print, just as a friendly reminder when we start to think why why why can't I have a 1000 square foot professional kitchen full of great appliances and open to a giant dining room where I can teach cooking classes?! That all good things in time, with hard work and patience (right Mom & Dad?)
Kristy makes great fancy aprons - including a very pretty one I wore to the Apron Gala. You can mix and match fabrics, and there are also aprons for the kiddos.
Jane from Funky Fragments makes super cool stained-glass items - coasters, mosaics and magnets. The coasters can be used as trivets as well, and they would make a great addition to an artsy table.
Sharon H Bell makes really cool and creepy works of art - some to hang, some are three dimensional. I love "Tuber" and would really like to have it in my kitchen! I also love Sharon's "Postmortem Pussy" character and have the patch, which I received in my Crafty Columbus Sampler, on my backpack. I also discovered Sharon and a few other artists through this project, and I hope they do it again next year!