Doug Johnston is a Brooklyn-based textile artist that creates visually stunning baskets and sculpture from sewn cotton cord. I love the idea of taking soft sculpture and turning it into a functional everyday item. There's a sense of wonder and whimsy to these pieces that feels other-worldly.
The Gift Collective guides continue, this time from the lovely Lauren Wilkins of Bows+Arrows, another regular haunt of mine in Austin. Her guide focuses on gifts for the quirky guy in your life. You can keep up with Lauren on her blog, Arrow & Arrow.
1. Fjallraven classic Kanken backpack 2. Baron Wells Ski Tee 3. Matt Singer pencil case made out of recycled plastic bags in West Africa 4. Cause and Effect Arrowhead Belt, hand hammered and tanned in Tennessee in the river by Billy himself! 5. A.P.C. River Deep Mountain High sweatshirt – for the Tina Turner lover. 6. Doane Paper Jon Contino designed utility notebooks
Our good friend and collaborator Christine Fail invited us to be part of a rad gift guide extravaganza on her blog, Forge. For the next seven weeks, she will be posting gift guides from various folks, so check back on her site every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest. Naturally, our guide is for the discerning gentleman.
1. Gentlemen know how to throw an intimate dinner party. Learn how with Kinfolk Magazine, $24/issue 2. Protect your letterpress business cards with BillyKirk Stitched Card Case No. 165, $75 3. So fresh and so clean with Saipua Saltwater soap, $10 4. Daily inspiration from a hand cut Johnny Cash Mirror Portrait, $175 5. Dive deep with TBW Books Subscription Series #3, four books featuring photography by Mark Steinmetz, Dru Donovan, Elaine Stocki, and Katy Grannan, $100 6. Finishing touch with fail+CANOE Merle cuff, $65 7. Keep it all together in Wood & Faulk Northwesterner bag in Charcoal Gray, $200
Score+Solder is a small studio building handmade glass terrariums on Pender Island, British Columbia. The shapes and sizes vary greatly, providing a wide range of options for either hanging or tabletop display. Some feel like abstract brutalist sculpture, or crazy 80s tronscapes, while a few have a more traditional bent. That's a pretty decent range in my book and I want them all.