People who know me know that I spend roughly 4.5 hours each day looking for my keys. It’s true. If you know someone like that, may I suggest one of these assemblages from Had Matter Art
Erica is another Eastern Market artist (I spend a lot of time there, so yeah, many of my suggestions will be artists from Eastern Market!) who is not only an absolutely lovely person, but a fantastic artist. I love looking at her display every week and seeing her new creations. As someone who also works with found materials, I think it’s cool seeing how she combines elements to create clever mail holders and spice racks and kitchen clocks.
This is also a great way to start someones art collection. Or get them interested in starting an art collection. What better way than to introduce them to functional art for their home?
Who to buy this for: Your brother who already has everything, someone who needs a little art in their life, your friend who can never find their keys.
I used to be a prop person- meh, I still am. I think what made me a good prop person was my love of…just, stuff…One of the coolest things I think is ephemera. The luggage tags and post cards and ticket stubbs and dance cards and old valentines and notes scrawled on the backs of receipts or business cards that people tuck into books, dictionaries, the linings of train cases only to be unearthed generations later sometimes by grand children, sometimes by strangers curious as to the previous lives of an item they may have bought or inherited.
One of my personal favorites is an old LAX space-agey luggage tag I have tucked away….somewhere….but now! NOW! I had no idea these even existed! Prescriptions for whiskey from the prohibition era.
Some of them are quite beautiful
I saw one that had a nice note from the doctor suggesting the pharmacist give the intended patient only ‘the finest available’. But now I can’t find it.
Perhaps if you have someone in your life who enjoys whiskey, this might make a nice gift.