Here at Art Herstory, we love to showcase works by history’s women artists. And we love to see other organizations do the same! With that in mind, this year we present the first-ever Art Herstory Women Artists Favorite Things List. (It is along the lines of Oprah’s Favorite Things—except, of course, we have not even one bijillionth of her star power…)
So, here we present our illustrated list of favorite things with a women artists theme, from a variety of vendors. Not every item will be available in every market. However, we hope this list inspires you this holiday season. As you shop for others, you might find an item or two you just have to purchase for yourself!
From Today Is Art Day
Memory Game—20 Women in Art
Find the matching tiles in this beautifully designed memory game! 20 Women in Art features female artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Discover the artwork of Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Judith Leyster, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and many more. You’ll find the list of 20 women artists, with brief bios, here.
Women Artist Figurines
Each figurine is 5 inches tall and made of PVC, and each comes with accessories specific to the artist. So far—we hope there are more to come!—the women artists represented in the collection are Mary Cassatt and Frida Kahlo.
From Persistent Sisters
Persistent Sisters Trading Cards are designed to inspire, empower, and motivate. Beautifully designed and illustrated, these cards tell the stories of trailblazing women in an engaging, collectible format. Persistent Sisters offers two options for celebrating women artists:
Women’s History Trading Cards Artist 30-Card Deck
First, there’s the 30-card deck. It presents an overview of 22 inspirational female artists, plus 4 fact cards and 4 quote cards, The front of each trading card features a hand-illustrated portrait. And the back of each card lists biographical information and remarkable achievements.
Women’s History Trading Cards Artist Gift Box
In addition, Persistent Sisters offers a deluxe Gift Box. It includes the 30-card deck of Persistent Sisters women artist trading cards, plus a few extras. And it is beautifully packaged, for inspired and educational gift giving.
The PIATNIK women artists playing card deck celebrates remarkable artists from the the Renaissance to the present. For instance, this deck boasts works by Lyubov Sergeyevna Popov, Marie-Gabrielle Capet, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Lange, and more. The photographs are superb!
From Clarkson Potter
The 500-piece Women in Art Puzzle portrays fifteen female artists in Rachel Ignotofsky’s inimitable style, from well-known figures like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe to less familiar names such as nineteenth-century African American sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis and Hopi-Tewa ceramic artist Nampeyo. An 18 x 24″ poster is included for referencing the design while working on the puzzle.
From Fulgur Press
The Tarot of Leonora Carrington
The Tarot of Leonora Carrington is the first book dedicated to an important aspect of the artist’s work. It includes a full-size facsimile of her newly discovered Major Arcana. Additionally, there is an introduction from her son, Gabriel Weisz Carrington; and a richly illustrated essay from Tere Arcq and Susan Aberth.
Major Arcana: Leonora Carrington
Accompanying the book, Fulgur Press has created a slipcased limited edition of Leonora Carrington’s Major Arcana. For the first time, the press makes Carrington’s creation available as a working tarot deck. The set includes a booklet with an introductory essay by Rachel Pollack.
From H&M Home
Using collage, eighteenth-century British artist Mary Delany created intricate, and scientifically accurate, flower illustrations. Now H&M Home, in collaboration with the British Museum, offers a seven-piece home goods collection based on Mary Delany’s famous “paper mosaics” design. Within the collection you will find gorgeous vases, candles, ceramic plates, mugs, cushion covers, and more.
From Princeton Architectural Press
While we are talking about Mary Delany … We at Art Herstory love to see more cards that showcase work by history’s women artists! This set of cards reproduces on thick, textured paper the artist’s sunflowers, rhododendron, cornflower, water lilies, and more.
From Pigment & Hue, Inc.
This Stickerpost postcard includes nine stickers reproducing works by women artists, including (clockwise from top left) Gwen John, Lyubov Popova, Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Clara Peeters, Mary Cassatt, Artemisia Gentileschi, Suzanne Valadon, and Marie-Gabrielle Capet. A sticker-sheet, it is also a postcard. Just put a stamp on it and put it in the mail!
From London’s National Gallery
This Fall, the National Gallery presents the blockbuster exhibition “Artemisia.” As part of the event, the museum shop offers numerous items that celebrate the Baroque artist. Here you will find Artemisia Gentileschi postcards, prints, totes, cushions, note cards, notebooks, keyrings, and more!
From Daily Art
In this 192-page women artists notebook you will find reproductions from 11 paintings, and inspiring biographies of Lavinia Fontana, Clara Peeters, Artemisia Gentileschi, Giovanna Garzoni, Rachel Ruysch, Maria Sibylla Merian, Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, Marie-Gabrielle Capet, Marie-Denise Villers, Berthe Morisot, Kitty Kielland, Mary Cassatt, Olga Boznanska, Hilma af Klint. The notebook size is 13.2 x 20.7 cm (5 x 8 in.).
From a Variety of Museum Shops…
In all honesty, we’re not sure who makes Herstory of Art notebooks. But you can find them at the shops at MOMA; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Wadsworth Atheneum; and the Phoenix Art Museum. Most likely they are available at other museum stores. Some shops offer the same design on a tote and a mug.
From Roxana Halls
British artist Roxana Halls offers a Christmas card based on one of the paintings in her “Laughing While” series. Half the profits from the sale of this card go to Women’s Aid. This UK-based non-profit organization works to end domestic abuse against women and children.
From Eiderdown Books
Eiderdown Books offers a special limited edition collector’s library slipcase this year. Handmade in the UK—using a paper wrap from Cambridge Imprint—the slip case contains the first five books from Eiderdown’s Modern Women Artists series.
From Multiple Publishers
Books always make great gifts! And there are many new books—fiction, trade non-fiction, and scholarly—about women artists, this year. Don’t forget, Art Herstory posts quarterly round-ups throughout the year, which you can consult any time:
In conclusion: We hope you will be as pleased as we are to see vendors celebrate women artists in such a variety of ways! Happy holidays, everyone.