An Arts and Crafts Wish List for 2022
by Kate Nixon
Just over ten years ago, Bruce wrote an article titled “Make It An Arts and Crafts Stress-Free Holiday” where in October, he encouraged readers to buy early in time for the holiday season. As collectors are looking at Christmas just days away and are thinking about last minute end-of-the-year presents, here’s a reminder that the first quarter of 2022 is still a good time to support the organizations, historic sites and small family businesses you missed during the holiday season. Here are eight ideas for gifts in the new year:
1. The Craftsman Shop – from artwork to framed tiles and pillow cases to scarves and exclusive Stickley gifts, the new online Craftsman Shop is a special assortment of gifts any time of year. You can even stock up on special The Craftsman Magazine Holiday Gift Cards for thank you cards or how about that brand new adorable Stickley Museum ornament? (pictured to the left)
2. If you can’t make it to the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Museum just yet, get a comprehensive look at Rudy Ciccarello’s collection for the ages by ordering The Complete Two Red Roses Foundation Catalog Series, featuring the writings of David Cathers, Jonathan Clancy, Martin Eidelberg, Susan Montgomery, Christian Peterson, Andrew Stevens, and Kevin Tucker about the same brilliant collection on display in St. Petersburg’s newest Arts and Crafts destination.
3. You can search our business directory for an Arts and Crafts gem to add to your collection. Our dependable community of exhibitors are the top in the country and will work with you to make a sale and if you’re coming to the National Arts and Crafts Conference in February, you can thank them in person!
4. If you love the works of Dale Chihuly or a Frank Lloyd Wright puzzle, look no further than the Frank Lloyd Wright store. The new Chihuly in the Desert collection is up and you can purchase pop-up cards, puzzles, gift cards, books, scarves and even seaforms. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with a lovely Porcelain tray with the message “Everything that is Romantic is of Nature.” Picture this tray on the coffee table of the Frank Lloyd Fan in your life.
5. Never count out the value of a good magazine. Subscriptions to The Journal of the American Art Pottery Association, Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, and any other magazine that shines light on the Arts & Crafts Movement are important to support for not only the organizations that make them, but for the educated homeowners looking for the next gem in their collection.
6. The 35th National Arts and Crafts Conference is coming in February of 2022! Head over to arts-craftsconference.com to purchase a Conference Events Pass to see how you can register to see the latest educational seminars, participate in Small Group Discussions, and shop from the exhibitor shows. To purchase an Arts and Crafts Weekend Package from the historic Grove Park Inn (including room and board for Friday and Saturday night of the conference), click here to read the registration page.
7. We’re borrowing directly from Bruce’s advice ten years ago to say: try hand crafting your gift. It doesn’t take expensive tools or extensive experience to make an Arts & Crafts oak letter opener, a pair of bookends or a simple wine rack. You could stencil a set of placemats with an Arts & Crafts motif or utilize a local do-it-yourself pottery to shape and/or decorate a bowl with an Arts & Crafts glaze and decoration. Replace the “Made In China” shopmark with your own initials and date.
8. Give your walls and floors a makeover with new wallpaper or a new rug: While William Morris wallpaper continue to be popular in Craftsman houses, Bolling & Co offers antique wallpaper and original wallpaper remnants like tooled damask or intricate embossings on unique wallcoverings like leather. There’s several colorful and luscious styles to choose from and you can even frame your wallcoverings to make them artwork. If you’d like a new rug, we’d suggest an Arts and Crafts rug from The Persian Carpet or one of Tiger Rug‘s many Craftsman Rugs including designs by Bradbury & Bradbury and Theodore Ellison.
Have a lovely holiday season and we’ll see you in the new year!