Following on from the Art Herstory “Favorite Things” lists of the previous two years, we present the 2022 round-up of gifts that relate to our favorite theme. Note that not all products are necessarily available in every market.
But first, this Public Service Announcement: one place to look for unique gift in the women artists vein is art museum stores. When you shop at a museum store, you help to sustain the museum’s service to their community and the public. Please consider sourcing some of your gifts this holiday season from a museum store—#BeAPatron.
November 27 is the date of the sixth annual Museum Store Sunday (outside the US, Museum Shop Sunday). More than 1,800 museum stores representing all 50 US states, 24 countries, and 5 continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. Check this site to find a participating bricks-and-mortar museum store near you! Or look here for the list of stores participating online.
And now, in no particular order, we present the Favorite Things we have discovered in 2022…
Cynefn Welcome Home
Cynefn offers a variety of products with a special focus on gallery grade art prints. This enterprise is “passionate about telling the stories of minority artists who were under-represented during their lifetimes—usually women. Cynefn’s Female Artist Spotlight collections reproduce works by (at least) Hilma af Klint, Mary Altha Nims, and Rachel Ruysch.
The Harlem Toile Collection, from Sheila Bridges and Wedgwood
The Wedgwood x Sheila Bridges collection features interior designer Sheila Bridges’ much-admired design, Harlem Toile de Jouy. This collaboration sees Sheila’s popular design meet Wedgwood’s fine bone china, for a collection that celebrates art as a tool for storytelling and change.
Judith and Her Maidservant at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Store
The Detroit Institute of Arts shop designed some special products to celebrate the recent exhibition By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800. Still available are the Judith and Her Maidservant mouse pad, and also peppermints in a high-quality acrylic slide box that reproduces the same painting. Once the mints are gone, the box can be refilled, or used to hold items. While you are visiting the site, check out the Frida Kahlo offerings.
Daily Art Postcards, Frida Socks and Women Artists Box
In the Daily Art shop you will find a set of 50 postcards that reproduce works by women artists, from the Renaissance to the 20th century and from all over the world. Images range from self-portraits and portraits to still-lifes, landscapes and pictures of animals. You will also find Frida Kahlo socks, and a gift box option that includes both products.
Art Girl Rising Women Artists Festive Mug by Laurence de Valmy
Artist Laurence de Valmy developed the design shown above in reaction to a visual representation of “holiday trees by 20 artists” with only 3 by women. She has teamed up with Art Girl Rising and Repaint History to produce a mug, pictured above, that features her new holiday trees design. While we focus here on the mug, visit the Festive Gifts shop to see the full range of ethically made, eco-friendly products.
Today is Art Day Coloring Books
Today is Art Day coloring books are printed on thick, high quality paper, allowing you to use any medium you like, whether pencils, watercolors, paint, or ink. With respect to our theme, the company offers one Women in Art option, and one Frida Kahlo option.
Last year we recommend Today is Art Day’s 20 Women in Art Memory Game, which we still consider an excellent acquisition!
The Lucy Lu Designs Frida Kahlo Collection
Frida Kahlo inspired the world by overcoming barriers of culture, time, and society with her unique and iconic personality, all the while encouraging her fellow humans to think and to be different. In collaboration with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, Lucy Lu Designs has developed a collection animated by the artist’s legacy. Click this link to explore the new Frida Kahlo Collection.
There are too many new books about women artists to include them all in this post. (This is a good problem to have!) But, Art Herstory publishes quarterly updates of new books by women artists. Here are links to our “new books” lists for the first, second, and third quarters of 2022. And this year, for the first time ever, we offer an illustrated list of recently published titles for children and young readers.
And don’t forget Art Herstory …
While this post profiles goods from a variety of vendors who are unrelated to our particular enterprise, don’t neglect to visit the Art Herstory shop! Since our launch in March 2019, the Art Herstory line has grown considerably. We now offer
- 25 note card designs;
- 13 pre-packaged 6-pack samplers;
- 4 Christmas and/or holiday card designs;
- An Artemisia Gentileschi magnet/magnetic bookmark set; and
- A Lavinia Fontana porcelain ornament (quantities limited).
Consider these options as gifts and/or stocking stuffers! Don’t forget, you can always design your own custom 6-pack of note cards.