We know there’s someone you’re thinking of for whom you’d love to get something really special: something that they’ll love for a long time, something that will be seen daily, will make them happy daily. Something that will make them think of you every time they pass it. What about a print by Marianne Dages, whose Huldra Press is a true inspiration? Her work is delicate but muscular and would complement all kinds of rooms.
For who: the artist. The typesetter. The printmaker. The book-arts aficionado. Your parents, maybe?
What’s to love about it: Dages’ work is spare and luminous; in its minimalism it attains a there-ness and a texture that we’ve come back to over and over. It’s playful, too, and charming.
Where you can get it: in Marianne Dages’ shop.
You’re looking for a minimal, folky record to give to a picky friend? Look no further. Dutch musician Broeder Dieleman‘s album might be the thing. We especially like “O.L.V. Van De Polder”.
For who: the music lovers, critics, writers, and dancers in your life.
What’s to love about it: the sound of the wind coming off the North Sea. Some crackly voices saying words you can barely make out. Semi-failed transmissions. Melancholy, long nights, rain against the window. That kind of music.
Where you can get it: in Broeder Dieleman’s Bandcamp shop.
Everything Wil Freeborn makes is careful, considered, elegant, spare. We were pleased he loaned us a drawing for 111O/5, and we couldn’t be happier to recommend his books or digital prints to you.
For who: anyone who likes drawing. Anyone who like cities. Anyone who’s interested in process. Watercolorists. Scotland-enthusiasts.
What’s to love about it: we’ve been fans of Wil’s precise but never brittle style and the everyday quality of his drawings and paintings since we first came across him in 2005 or so. We think you’ll love the care he puts into the things he makes. Oh, and these are really small-press books: Wil puts them together and publishes them himself!
The clothes from Demestiks New York are made of wax-print fabric, and their shapes are bold and strong to complement the prints—which are full of texture and visual interest. And the clothes are available in sizes XS to 4X! Reuben Reuel worked as a sample maker and design assistant until 2010, when he founded his own company; you can read an interview with him here.
For who: anyone you love who likes to wear dresses, skirts, or full coats and isn’t afraid of pattern.
What’s to love about it: handmade! Small designer! Those prints! The shapes! And wait til you feel the texture.
Where you can get it: in the Demestiks New York Etsy shop.
We made these because after drawing about a hundred little grandmas with various small animals on their heads, and approximately the same number of cats in buckets, tubs, and cooking pots, we wanted to carry them around with us. And so did a bunch of other people, it turned out. So we made notebooks.
For who: your little sister or brother. Your son or daughter. Your boss. Your kid’s teachers. Your list-keeping best friend.
What’s to love about it: three words: rabbit. on. head.
Pablo Salvaje makes intricate, hand-carved rubber stamps like the whale, above. For €20, he’s selling a kit so you can make your own. Or so your kids can. Or your best friend. Or, let’s face it, you. And for €20 more, you can have your very own Skype class with him.
What’s to love about it: aren’t the best presents the ones that you can use and reuse? Ones that teach you something and get you to imagine things? Well. This does that in spades. (Too bad, for sure, though, about his unfortunate logo.)
Where you can get it: right here in Pablo Salvaje’s online shop.