Looking for that special holiday for that fine-grained loved one on your list? This holiday season is rich in artistry, and through a mountain of artistry, craftsmanship, and homemade inspiration, treasures of all kinds are extraordinary. Also, if your gift list includes live performance enthusiasts, keep in mind that many local businesses and organizations have gift subscription and ticket opportunities.
Here are some items that will inspire your current prowess:
Charleston-based fiber artist and textile designer Erin Barrett founded Sunwoven with the goal of creating handmade, colorful items that emphasize happiness, from accessories to wall hangings. For example, her cheerful and textured clutch sells for $ 150 and can be purchased at the Gibbes Museum of Art store at store.gibbesmuseum.org.
Charleston’s illustrator and designer Dodeline presents Charleston’s Toile collection. This unique 16 “x 16” pillow features Doderin’s signature Charleston-inspired toile design in French blue and a softly spun polyester blend indoor / outdoor fabric. Available at the Drayton Hall shop via draytonhall.org.
The vibrant Charleston skyline has been an inspiration for artists for centuries, so it’s no wonder it’s a hit design for Crogan’s Jewel Box. The exclusive wide cuff bangle bracelet is made of sterling silver and the Charleston 14K yellow gold skyline travels throughout. For more information, please visit croghansjewelbox.com.
Since March, The Tiny Tassel’s flagship store has enlivened a corner of Spring Street with jewelery, clothing and accessories inspired by Charleston’s vibrant colors. Mimi Striplin, the owner from Sparthamberg, collaborates with an in-house team on jewelry, and her mother, Keiko Striplin, designs and manufactures clothing and headbands. One such color pop option is the Neomi earrings designed by Striplin’s sister Aiko. It sells for $ 32. For more information, please visit thetinytassel.com.
Ready to hit Charleston’s gallery scene again? Step up your style with these brackish drop earrings by Charleston maker Brackish, known for his feather bowties and pocket squares with jewelry lines. Earrings are hand-made in Charleston and placed in a hand-branded pine box with proper care instructions. Sold for $ 145 via ggfieldshop.com.
Creativity in the can
Charleston’s contemporary painter Chambers Austin created the artistic label of Busty Lush, a 100% female-owned label. So is Sèchey, the distributor who sells the Busty Lush 2×2 Taster. Either “She is Golden”, a blonde-style ale with a moderate bitterness and a clean, dry finish, with tropical fruit hints, or “She is passionate” with island fruit, harmonious acidity and a bright tart finish. You can choose from. Each taster comes with two cans and is available for $ 20 with free local shipping via sechey.com.
Straight to art
Created with the holiday in mind, the “Small Wonders” exhibition, currently being held at Robert Lange Studios, features “100 small and powerful paintings” by artists from all over the Charleston Gallery. Some, like Brett Scheifflee’s “June Reflection,” are small enough to slip into your socks. For more information, please visit robertlangestudios.com.
Charleston-based painter and collaborator Jennie Summerall concludes his solo exhibition at the Corrigan Gallery. The show shared a new series of collages made from exquisite handmade paper crafted into vibrant animals, still lifes and figurative works. It is currently online at corrigangallery.com. For more information, please contact Lete Corrigan (843-722-9868).
Pursuit of the ground
Ceramist Susan Gregory continues to create original handmade works through the label ceramic scg. The work was devised to blend art into everyday life. For example, a porcelain cup thrown on her wheel is made for everyday entertainment and absorption. Inspired by looking up at the trees in the park, the cup is etched with hand-painted bronze inlaid glaze lines. It costs $ 55 and is available at susangregoryart.com.
The power of paper
The Charleston City Print from the 42Pressed Roam collection of typographic city maps adds a contemporary flair to a local love celebration. There are three-color letterpress printing of Charleston and map printing of glossy copper foil. Using an antique printing press, I hand-printed and pulled on a 100-pound bright white stock. The price is $ 68 without a frame. For more information, please visit 42pressed.com.
Jonathan Green Fan Alert: “Glass Spirit” (University of South Carolina Press) shares 179 new paintings from artists that reflect Gala’s life and culture. Among them, the green brush is more bold, but his palette preference remains vibrant. It’s priced at $ 49.99 and can be purchased at Blue Bicycle Books and Buxton Books stores, or online at Itinerant Literate from bookshop.org.
“Alice” (Evening Post Books, owned by the same company as The Post and Courier) is a bright text of her work about the life and era of Charleston Renaissance artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith. And enough images are recorded. Written by Dwight McKinvale in collaboration with Smith’s nephew Anne Tinker and niece Caroline Palmer, this work is a must-have for Charleston’s culture. It can be purchased at the Evening Post Books, 60 Alexander Street, in downtown Charleston. For more information, please visit evepostbooks.com.
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