Instead of a wish list, or a gift guide, I’m giving you what I’m doing for the holidays with a few of my friends: art swapping. I started this with just a few people and then I liked the idea so much I wanted to share it with you and invite more people to art swap with me!
The basic tenet being: I give you something I made, you give me something you made. Here’s why I think this is awesome – Most people other than immediate family aren’t gonna buy you anything that great or valuable anyway, more like a tchotckeh and I’m wary of those. Wouldn’t you rather have something they made? Especially if they have any talent at all? Yes, I would. It doesn’t even have to be anything that anyone would sell for any amount of money. I would be thrilled with anything, a card, a photo, a song, a DIY, a cake, a copy of your book for all I care (I have friends with books now, WOW.) Anything. Something you made years ago, or something you make just for me. I really don’t care at all!
Wanna know who I want to art swap for the holidays with? I made a list. These are internet friends, real life friends, relatives etc…
Albertina | Mimosa Lane
Leandra Medine | Manrepeller
Peter Max (wishful thinking, duh)
Courtney | Holding Court
Christian May | Masion 21
Jenny Anderson | MFAMB
Christine | Bijou and Boheme
Sonny Side Up
Grace | Gracelette
Grace | Sweet Sweet City
OK so I’ve literally called you people out on the internet! LETS DO IT!!! If you are on this list, it means we probably stayed up into the wee hours of the morning chatting about things, e-mailing stuff we love back and forth across the world, collaborating on projects, talking about life, just sharing the general spirit of creativity and that basic feeling of I get you, and you get me. We’ve probably already given each other things we made in the past, or made things together! Even if we don’t actually do THIS art swap, I just want to thank all of you for being part of my life and my creative life and making my world richer and happier and fuller.
It’s kind of weird that I made a list, I know. Thats not to say that the people not on the list don’t make my life happy, there are plenty more people who make me smile every day. OBVIOUSLY. But if all these people say yes I’m going to need a couple of interns for the next month, so I had to cut it somewhere!
Email me for my address, send me something and I’ll send you something back! Probably won’t be a 50″ x 50″ canvas, but it will be something cool!
Should I blog all the gifts I receive? And can we spread this idea to other people? NOW this is a cool Secret Santa idea, is it not?