So my addiction to Instagram is getting stronger by the day. I have now followed enough people to have a newsfeed full of amazing and inspiring unique art, crafts and gift ideas. Yesterday when I was browsing though – looking at embroidery – it got me thinking about giving art as a gift. Art is always such a personal thing, and it’s hard to choose gifts of art for people as a lot of art you either love or hate. As an artist myself, I love supporting other artists and creatives, and so this is a topic very close to my heart. So I’ve compiled my top 5 totally unique ideas for giving the gift of art.
Here goes … in no particular order:
1: Cowan Creative – Vinyl Record Art
Cowan Creative is run by Josh Cowan, a Kiwi artist based in Timaru, who uses vinyl records saved from the landfill and op-shops as his canvas. His work is so unique and beautiful, it is bound to put a smile on any music lovers face! He has quite a large collection of designs, and I believe they are quite reasonably priced. He also has a beautiful story, him and his wife crated the business so they could spend more time with their children. So buying one of his artworks will not only bring joy to your gift-ee, but will also support a loving talented family. My absolute favorite is his Blackbirds Fly design (pictured above). You can check out his website here: www.cowancreative.co.nz
2: Custom photo embroidery
Turn your pictures into stitches! This is a really beautiful, unique idea, rather than just getting a print framed of a photo. Bethany O’Hagan of Thats Sew Bethany Etsy shop is a very talented embroiderer, and her work looks gorgeous! You can check out her Etsy shop here.
3: Pebble Art
Becky Rana and Sue Vallier are a mother and daughter team, who make the most beautiful, simple, unique art with pebbles and found objects. They also have a shop on Etsy, Calico and Cotton. These would make beautiful anniversary, wedding or mothers day/fathers day gifts. Check out there shop here.
4: Embroidery – totally unique art!
So I’m including another embroidery item, since it is my new favorite art form. I’ve always thought of embroidery as old fashioned, faded images of flowers. But lately I’ve been finding lots of elegant, modern designs that I’m completely falling in love with. This one in particular I think is very clever and beautiful. It has such a lovely elegant vintage feel to it. You can check out the listing here, of view all the embroidery items in the Kitsch And Stitch NY Etsy shop.
5: Laser cut maps
These delicate, intricate maps would be ideal for someone who has a place that is special to them. Dan Linden, who runs the Cut Maps Etsy shop, started Cut Maps when he had some down-time at his full-time job as a toy designer. He had a laser cutter that was sitting around so he put it to use. The result was Cut Maps! You can view the map range here.
So that’s my top 5, I hope it has been inspiring for you, and as fun for you to read as it has been for me to write!