As designers, giving holiday gifts can be a work of pride. In the spirit of AIGA National’s consideration of the modern design attributes Head | Heart | Hand, creating this year’s gifts is a good time to reflect on what design means to us.
This past Saturday, AIGA Colorado’s Craftworks was at Foils and Dies for the workshop “Holiday Type Cards.” The generosity of owner Rob Barnes went far beyond opening up his letterpress equipment to those who joined us; he also shared the history of his type collection. One particularly fun German print was gifted to him from an Army vet of WWII. A product of Army souvenirs, this typeface was shipped back letter by letter in 1944. After Rob spent time studying the blocks of type, he came across an amusing clue; the type was created in Two Rivers Wisconsin! Another typeface was over 200 years old, created in 1833. “Appleseed” shows details of apple seeds within the negative space of each letter. It was a collaborative afternoon of sharing ideas and finding type for one another’s projects. Everyone left with prints to make as unique holiday cards or framed prints.
Want to give a creative gift without making them yourself? Go to local craft fairs. All of them claim to be “not your mom’s craft fair,” or “not your mom’s style.” Fuse Denver was held this past Sunday for $6 at the EXDO event center. All of the ticket proceeds went to Grow Haus. Although the event has already passed, you can still find most of the vendors on Etsy.
Mancraft, inspired by Ink Lounge, was showcased this past Friday at the Rackhouse Pub. The fair highlighted the men of Denver who can be pretty crafty. But don’t worry, you can see Ink Lounge again in Boulder on the 14th at the Firefly Handmade Market at BMoCA. You can start by downloading these free gift tags.
And finally, give the gift of artist community! Buy an AIGA membership for a friend, family member, or student that could benefit from the network provided by AIGA Colorado. With over 500 members, there is a strong network of peers waiting to share and work together.
Happy holidays from AIGA Colorado!