With 100% of their proceeds directed to the COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund, The Canvas Agency Shop is selling eight very different, equally appealing, prints from artists they represent. One of our favorites, “PAW PAW AND STARS” by illustrator Sonya Korshenboym depicts a delightful and oddly proportioned pooch gazing up at the cosmos. It’s printed on poster-sized paper.
Launched on Juneteenth, Internal Knowledge and Are.na’s Chess Camp label explores “strategy, empathy, psychological freedom, and Black history.” From them, this new T-shirt directs 100% of proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective. “Internal Knowledge Chess Camp: Juneteenth 2020” adorns the front of the 100% cotton shirt, while a green and ivory chessboard occupies the back. The release comes accompanied by a wealth of educational videos, resources, printed materials and more, which lives on Are.na’s idea-sharing platform as Chess Camp vol.1.
By NYC-based illustrator, animator and visual designer Amika Cooper (aka blackpowerbarbie), this “Saint Jeff” print is inspired by Jeffrey Williams and, as Cooper says, “divine feminine energy.” Rich, vibrant colors abound on the artwork, which features its subject beneath a halo. Cooper (who works as a freelance creative) also sells other prints that span her different styles online.
Featuring Kewpie doll characters and a police car engulfed in flames, this print from Tiny Splendor makes a powerful statement. The three subjects carry a molotov cocktail, a crowbar and a banner stating “Lives over property”—an important message now, and always. All profits from sales of the print will be donated to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and People’s Breakfast Oakland.
Written upon a portrait of civil and LGBTQ+ rights activist Bayard Rustin, the “black is love is black” illustration by Donovan Edwards for The Tenth repeats the simple yet powerful message. The print is letter-sized and printed on matte archival paper, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
An inclusive development of the rainbow Pride flag that incorporates the necessary representation of queer people of color and transgender individuals, Daniel Quasar’s “Progress” initiative pin more accurately reflects the LGBTQ+ community. Each 11-color enamel pin is produced by hand in antique silver. 25% of the profits from Quasar’s “Progress Initiative” items, like this enamel pin, get allocated to a quarterly donation to a charity that supports the queer community; currently it is The Living Room.
Designed by Australian artist Beci Orpin, this “Don’t Lose Heart” puzzle features her much-shared artwork, covered in optimistic, thoughtful and tender messages. Printed on 100% recycled paper stock, the jigsaw comprises 32 large pieces, making it perfect for kids. Third Drawer Down includes a poster of the design with each purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace—furthering the positive vibes.
Made in collaboration with cannabis publication Broccoli Magazine, Goldleaf’s pretty ikebana prints embed the marijuana leaf subtly in larger, delicate floral arrangements by Amy Merrick. Printed on thick, uncoated archival paper, this print comes in one size (18 by 24 inches) and in three iterations: print only, print in walnut hanging rails, and print in maple hanging rails. Best of all, Goldleaf actively supports (financially and through word of mouth) the Project Sanctuary and the Last Prisoner Project.
Named “Center,” Round21 and artist Ju Schnee’s collaborative ping pong paddle features a colorful design that clearly marks the middle of the strike zone—where the ball should hit to avoid it careening out of bounds. A vibrant, geometric design adorns one side, while a speckled black and white pattern occupies the other. This high-preformance paddle features an ergonomic grip that lends comfort and control, and a rubber-foam hybrid pad for improved accuracy. Right now, the brand commits 10% of net proceeds to the Public Art Fund.
Independent magazine Orange Crush marries art and the sport of wrestling through written and visual storytelling. Volume #1 features pieces on “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela, painter Carroll Dunham, writer Alissa Bennett, Mexican luchador Mil Mascaras, and more. While professional wrestling and fine art may be an unexpected pairing, the sport’s reliance on art through masks, costumes, props and stage design places it in an ideal position for creative interpretation and experimentation.
There’s nothing quite as special as a hand-written note sent through snail mail and, with the USPS currently under threat, there’s no better time to buy stamps. There are 78 designs to choose from online, and our pick—priority mail postal stamps—features an illustration of Big Bend’s Rio Grande by Dan Cosgrove. These four stamps, each valued at $7.75, allow for more than the passing along of a note, but perhaps even a gift to a loved one. You can also write to your representatives, or text “USPS” to Resistbot (50409) to easily pass on a message of support for the post office to congress.
Designer Sir Paul Smith’s third collaboration with historic Swiss writing and drawing implement maker Caran d’Ache includes this limited edition set of eight Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils. Smith selected the eight bright and cheerful original colors and dressed their portable metal case in his iconic stripes. Made from cedar wood, the brand’s Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils can be used for drawing or watercoloring or wash drawing.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic for New York Magazine (and social media user extraordinaire), Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist dispenses practical wisdom, inspiration, humor and honesty to nourish the artist in all of us. For those already taken by Saltz’s passionate criticism and witty storytelling—as well as those looking to persevere in creative professions—the book will prove to be a beautiful resource.
From the importance of the clink of ice in a cocktail shaker to the devilish development of cutlery, Amy Azzarito’s book The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks tells the tales of more than 60 ordinary furnishings and objects. Arranged alphabetically, the book’s entries traverse time to pick through origin stories and interesting advancements that anyone who loves trivia—and a nice surprise—will value.
From Method’s Women in Design Limited Edition Collection, made in partnership with the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, this Orange Slice Foaming Hand Wash pairs refreshing citrus scents with a sunny pattern from Barbara White. The artist’s “Cosmic Waves,” from which the soap vessel print was drawn, is a part of Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. The collection also features the work of Marguerita Mergentime and Ilonka Karasz.
The brainchild of Alice Murray (Pentagram) and Lauren Priestley (Redwood), the Lost Time print acknowledges and protests the gender pay gap. In the UK—where Murray and Priestley are based—the gap is 17.3% which means women essentially work 63 unpaid days per year. The large-format, limited edition prints depicts these “lost” days, with calendar dates missing to indicate that, until 4 March, women in the UK have been working for free. The B1-size poster is available in an edition of 500, and all proceeds will be donated to non-profits that work toward gender equality within creative industries. There’s also the option to buy one and have another anonymously sent to your CEO. Price is in Pounds.