If you’re going to purchase gifts for people, shop local. By doing so you’re helping to support a dream, pay a mortgage and keep food on the table. The local makers need and appreciate your money way more than corporations do. Basically, the funky and quirky city of Asheville is full of artists, but here are a few to get your search started. Let me know what others I should add to this list.
Remember, friends don’t let friends shop only at large corporations.
Using mostly pen and ink, Prismacolor marker, and colored pencil, Matt Micale’s art uses a minimalist style, that dabbles in surrealism, pop art, and cartooning. His stuff is funky and super unique. Check out his Etsy page.
Creator behind Ramble & Run, Cassie White, creates Peruvian fabric dog collars and baby gifts, including super cute onsies with animals, super soft blankets, bibs, burp cloths, and organic wooden teething rings. Her stuff is awesome and perfect for anyone’s baby – whether it’s one of the dog or human variety. Check out her Etsy page.
Asheville artist Celia Barbieri is the Button Florist. Creating unique alternatives to traditional flowers, she uses a mixture of vintage and up-cycled buttons, recycled sweater felt, and handmade ceramic buttons. Her awesome bunches of flowers last a lifetime. Check out her website or Etsy page.
Akira Stake is a well versed ceramicist/musician/photographer. You might find him playing banjo one day, and making ceramic pots the next. He works in porcelain, firing with an Kyushu-style oil kiln or a wood-fired kiln to create his unique finishes. Check out his website.