The 8 Best Holiday Gifts From Upstate Makers
‘Tis the season for giving. And, if you’re looking for something special for someone special this holiday season, we’re here to help.
We know you’re busy, so we’ve selected 8 unique gifts from upstate makers that are perfect for everyone on your list – from the food connoisseur to the interior design enthusiast. The best part? All of these can be purchased without leaving the comfort of your home.
Barcode Hand Block Printed 20″ Throw Pillow
We began the block printing process as a means of melding the two mediums of wood and linen. We played with many different ways to incorporate the two materials, but ultimately the most direct and traditional method made the most sense. We repurposed small pieces of wood that are by products of our furniture designs and modified several of them to have a slightly more graphic, almost tribal quality about them. Using repetition to create visual rhythm, we developed several patterns which spoke to our somewhat reductive aesthetic, while also adding a richness and depth to the colored linen. $265
Needle Felted White Whale
Needle felting is a process that continues to amaze me. It gives me the ability to create something with expression and life by using just wool and a needle. I aim to create pieces with individual personalities that tell a story. $130
Our Ragg Wool watchcaps are 100% USA Ragg Wool, consisting of 15% Nylon and 85% Wool. They are made in a mill near Albany on old Scott and Williams circular knitting machines, which were first introduced in the 1930s, and have slowly been disappearing across the U.S. The Ragg Wool is washed and dried for extra softness and is 100% machine washable. $29
Black Line Handcrafted Cutting Boards
I think of the Blackline boards as sculptural wood work. They have a distinctive, elegant and useful shape, but their color is truly unique. A natural, food safe, dyeing process imparts a beautiful dark finish that really sets them apart. They are extremely durable and great for presentation, but designed to be used. $150 – $200
The maple syrup is amber with golden tones — hudson valley smooth and delicate. It can be used over pancakes or in coffee, for mixed cocktails, or in your favorite recipes. We are getting ready to tap the trees very soon! $22