On the 3rd Day of Christmas...

The 3rd Day of Christmas: local artists

We know how much people love receiving handmade, one of a kind gifts. And we know how much our customers love keeping their dollars local by supporting local artists! At Bibelot, we feature many products by local artists that would make wonderful holiday gifts. Here are a few ideas for you…

Mugs by Studio 2 Ceramics are a great gift for any Minnesotan! A little bit whimsical and super sturdy, these mugs are created in Minneapolis by local husband and wife team Jim Alworth and Grace Pardun. Each piece is made by hand in small batches and fired at the artists’ own home. With so many styles to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one!

What looks like a simple photograph is actually much more! Artist Rebecca J.O. Ulasich of Minneapolis-based Liminal Workshop prints her photographs on watercolor paper then uses water and brushes to “paint” the ink as it dries. Each piece is a gorgeous, one of a kind work of art that features a different Minnesota landmark. A perfect gift for anyone with an appreciation for art and a love of Minnesota!

Jupi Designs funky infinity scarves and fingerless mittens are all handmade in Minneapolis from reclaimed sweaters. Artist Julie Pihaly chooses only good-quality cashmere, merino wool, lambswool, and alpaca, making each piece truly warm and cozy! Her artist statement says it perfectly: “Simply stated, behind every handmade Jupi creation is an eye for aesthetics, a sense for beauty in simplicity, and a commitment to what’s local and sustainable.”

We’ve featured Plantables bird seed wreaths before, but we seriously can’t get enough of them! Based in Hudson, WI, Plantables is a business where workers of all abilities use assistive technology and adaptive equipment to make products for the garden and environment. These wreaths are made from premium wild bird seed and all packaging is eco-friendly. Buy something good for the Earth and your community!

Seven Sister Design is a jewelry business run by Monica Hansmeyer in Northern Minnesota. Each piece is designed and handcrafted by Monica, who prefers to etch directly onto the metal rather than using the casting process. This makes it so no two pieces are exactly alike, so you are truly buying a unique work of art!

Duluth-based Epicurean has an interesting backstory: they originated from a company that designed eco-friendly skate parks using durable, non-porous wood composite. They began to use leftover material to create food-safe (and dishwasher safe!) cutting boards for family and friends, but demand grew so high that they decided to made a business of it! All pieces are 100% made in the USA with eco-friendly materials and environmentally-responsible processes. Boards are dishwasher safe, food safe, knife-friendly, and heat resistant. A perfect gift for chefs, new home-owners, or the person who has everything!

The above are just a snippet of all the local artists and companies we feature in stores, so if buying local is your thing, stop in and ask about our other locally-made products!


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