Consumerism during the holidays can seem like a dark abyss, so the sad gals narrowed down their favorite local makers for our 2018 holiday wish list. Remember to #shopsmall during the holidays (and all the time for that matter) to celebrate our community of artists, makers, and creative human beings that make Atlanta one of the greatest cities for DIY.
2019 Seeing Eye Planner by Native Bear
Give the gift of organization this year with @_nativebear’s 2019 Seeing Eye Planner. Founded in 2012 by Leela Hoehn, Native Bear’s creations give you that “magical feeling” through the use of paper products and hand crafted artwork. Leela Hoehn grew up in Augusta, GA and continues her craft from her home state, though her products have reached national attention. Hoehn’s 2019 planners are perfectly sized with a extra punch of mysticism, from the beautiful screen printed seeing eye design and hand gold ink front cover, to the additional Lunar Calendar feature to bring out your inner goddess. This is the perfect planner if you are a goal setter and a boss babe in general! Also, when you sign up with your email, you receive 10% off your first purchase!
@brother_moto, the raddest spot to grab a cup of coffee and become “moto-curious,” has created a true community of friendship and creativity in the heart of the Cabbagetown neighborhood. Each winter, the Brother Moto team brings back these cozy vintage-inspired sweaters, making it one of the most perfect gifts to give to anyone you can think of. “The place we all go” is packed full with SGC’s favorite tees, and now we can drool over one of their most sought out sold out products, the Collegiate Sweater in black. The sweater pairs well with a damn fine cup of coffee and a raging fire, making this winter one of the coziest East Atlanta has ever seen.
Meredith Ann White Scarves from Coco and Mischa
Meredith Ann White is an Atlanta-based artist that creates the most breathtaking works of art. From her mural work across the city to her progressively kind demeanor, it’s no wonder her hand-crafted scarves have made our holiday wish list. Adorned with illustrations of women in all of their wildest forms, White’s scarves are feverishly sought out for and sell out fast in her personal possession and through curated efforts at Coco and Mischa, a brick & mortar boutique featuring slow fashion, handmade, & vintage items at Ponce City Market and at their Westside Provisions winter 2019 pop-up. The scarves come in all different sizes and colors, reminding the world that as humans, we too are diverse and radiate our differences in countless styles. Grab yours before they are all gone this holiday season!
(photograph of scarf in grid credit: Tropic Photo)
Pottery piece by Withwolves (Maddy Barreto) via @sideclaystudio
A hand-painted piece of pottery from Maddy Barreto (@withwolves) is a work of art as much as it is a functional gift. From one-of-a-kind incense holders to small dishes perfect for trinkets and your favorite rings, there’s something intimate and, most importantly, thoughtful about giving a ceramic gift. You can purchase Maddy’s pottery at one of the many holiday craft markets around town this season, or from Side Clay Studio (@sideclaystudio).
Scout & Arrow is one of Atlanta’s hidden gems -- a thoughtfully curated boutique nestled in historic Kirkwood. The shop is chock full of local arts and crafts, goods from makers nationwide, and unique homewares. It’s nearly impossible to know what exactly to pick out for your friend or family member -- that’s why the gift box is perfect. You can choose between 1 month-, 2 month's- or 3 month's-worth of curated gift boxes to be sent to the person of your choice. If you know someone who loves maker-made goods and discovering new artists, there’s honestly no better gift. You can order online, but it’s totally worth going to Scout and Arrow in person just to experience the friendly atmosphere and to see all the goods for yourself.
The perfect holiday piece: Carson Romper by Megan Huntz
@meganhuntz’ instagram bio says it all: “I’ll show you how to wear a dress.” This slow fashion designer has recently opened her own store off N. Highland, with an ever growing collection of pieces for the creatively mesmerized woman. Designed and manufactured right here in Atlanta, finding your perfect holiday ensemble just got easier with the Carson Romper. Made from 100% silk, this “crepe” romper gathers tastefully at the waistline and comes in four beautiful colors. Be sure to check out the rest of Huntz’ latest collection while your at her store, owing to the fact that ethically made pieces are definitely worth the investment.
@joellegrace is best known for her female editorial and portrait photography, capturing femme beings in the weirdest and coolest ways (did we mention she’s also an amazing musician?). Based out of Atlanta, her self-proclaimed “dream-grunge” style creates diversity through pops of color and a retro vibe that never seems to go out of style. Our holiday pick no questions asked is Grace’s “Underwater” print, a beautiful take on the female form in a black and white aesthetic. This piece will surely add to any interior and supports an amazing local photographer.
Holographic Babe Sticker by Monica Alexander
Stickers make everyone happy: It’s a fact. Check out illustrator/intersectional feminist Monica Alexander’s “Holographic Babe” sticker! It’s the perfect gift for your femme pal and pairs absolutely fantastic with your computer, water bottle, and anything else you can throw a sticker on. Through the use of holographic color, this boss babe illustration comes to life in all her weirdest and wildest forms. @itsmmmonica designs fantastic femme-inspired artwork to create a belonging community for all genders. She’s an advocate for the LGBTQ community and continues to make prints, pins, and stickers that represent the diverse humans that call Atlanta their home.
Feeling good underneath your clothes (or in plain sight for that matter) is an important part of self love. STATE the Label creates small batch clothing made in rural Georgia, providing beautiful sustainable fashion to the creatively dressed human. Their Dots Britches make the perfect holiday gift for so many reasons and have become a cult favorite from the brand. STATE the label’s britches are sewn up in NYC with ethical practices and then are hand-painted at the STATE studio in rural Georgia. These comfortable britches can be worn in so many ways, making them a phenomenal investment for your booty. Their diverse wearability greatly reflects the various types of women that adorn them on their bodies. Cheers to garments that celebrate ALL types of women in their wildest forms.