Published by Artisan and based on antique prints from designer and decoupage artist John Derian’s archives, this Color Studies Notebook Set includes three booklets, each with uniquely enchanted front and back covers. Measuring 8.5 by 6 inches, the notebooks stow easily and contain 64 blank pages to stash recipes, ideas or scribbles. In addition to the Color Studies set, Derian also offers one entitled Kitchen Delights and another called The Garden.
Housed in a blue cloth box with a magnetic closure, Paperfinger’s Daily Invitation Cards strive to stir up an intention for each day. One word (written in calligraphy) graces one side, while the other remains blank. Whether it’s “yes,” “begin,” “your invitation” or “stretch,” each entry aims to “serve as a gentle compass, an epiphany or a reminder,” the brand explains. There are 60 in total, each printed on thick stock paper.
Featured in NTWRK’s Esther Kim-curated Women’s History Month art collection, called Esther Loves Artists, So Youn Lee’s ethereal “Totem” offset print features her signature character, Mango. The work is inspired by ancient totem poles, but it also emphasizes the way communities support and cherish their members. The 18 by 24-inch offset print, with a blind embossed signature, is available on 22 March at 6PM EST via the NTWRK app.
Made in collaboration with artist and designer Nikolas Bentel, Areaware’s Doodle Crayons reimagine the humble implement. The set contains five crayon shapes—a yellow line, green cross, black zigzag, blue wiggle and red circle—which are also available individually. The intention behind them is to have users “consider how you make art, rather than what you make.”
LA-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) identifies nine core values when outlining the ways in which they foster and champion feminist creatives, communities and practices. First on the list is that WCCW remains “a place that affirms that art, creativity, and imagination have intellectual, personal, and political value. No art is neutral, it is either transforming or upholding the status quo… Art is a form of dissent.” Their pack of five postcards incorporates this value and others. All proceeds are put back into the organization which connects and supports the community through their workspace, events, exhibitions and more.
Designed by Nicole Whitted for Junior High, this set of magnets features 75 words and 19 blanks for making statements, writing poems or leaving messages. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Junior High exists as a publication, podcast, physical space (that they hope to reopen soon) and online store that strives to support, celebrate and serve marginalized artists. They’re able to amplify the work of women, queer and nonbinary artists and artists of color through crowdfunding, donations, sponsors and memberships (and, when possible, events and exhibitions). All their expenses are transparently listed online for those hoping to make a donation or purchase.
This stunning 600-page monograph, Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be, comprises 700 works on paper by the artist from 1992 to 2020, most of which are being published for the first time as they’ve been in Walker’s private archive. Handwritten notes, typed index cards, sketches and journal entries provide readers with intimate insight on the art. Aptly, Walker provides the foreword. Designed by Gavillet & Cie, the cloth-bound book features essays by the deputy director of the Kunstmuseum Basel, Anita Haldemann; curator and cultural historian, Maurice Berger; and artist and critic, Aria Dean. The book has been published to accompany Walker’s exhibition, also called A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be.
Based on works by well-known artists like Ugo Rondinone and Sheila Hicks, every RainerShine’s subscription art kit includes the materials and instructions needed for kids to embark upon two artistic adventures. Kits are available as a monthly subscription, at one of two skill level options (ages three to six, or seven and 12). Subscriptions start at $29 per month (with a six-month commitment). Each kit also features a profile of the artist who inspired it.
Evermade’s clever 2021 planner previews the entire year ahead, all on one A1 page, printed on 170gsm matte paper. The months are positioned in columns with the corresponding days falling in line below. Using the studio’s 70 included stamps, one can mark good (and bad) days, appointments, birthdays, trips and more. Additional stamps are available as needed. Price is in Pounds.
Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar raises money for individuals currently incarcerated in maximum-security prisons. This year marks the 20th iteration of the calendar, and its theme is “a generation of support through the bars.” Art and words have been provided by Grae Rosa, Herman Bell, Veronza Bowers, David Campbell, Saima Desai, Damon Locks, Tom Manning, Nidal el-Khairy, David Gilbert, Gord Hill (aka Zig Zag), Eric King, Jaan Laaman, Paul Lacombe, Joy Powell, Richard Rivera, Laura Whitehorn, Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg, Xinachtli and others. Proceeds from the sale of the 32-page, full-color calendar will benefit organizations including Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Palestine), Release Aging People in Prison, Civil Liberties Defense Center and the Rosenburg Fund for Children.
Film magazine Little White Lies takes their passion for the silver screen off the printed page and into puzzle form with Inside the Chocolate Factory. The 1000-piece jigsaw brings Willy Wonka’s candy-coated vision to your living room as you put together the chocolate fountains, lick-able wallpaper and cast of characters that made this story one of the all-time greats.
Made in England, Smythson’s 2021 week-to-view Sporting Agenda comes wrapped in crossgrain lambskin leather. The pocket-sized accessory, measuring nine by 14cm, includes one slip pocket for stowing tickets or passes. As with other stationary items from the luxuriant brand, the pages are premium—in this instance they’re gilt-edged, pale blue Featherweight paper.
London-based artist Olivia M Healy’s bold and colorful art adorns the pages of this calendar, printed on Demimattt 170gsm paper. Exploring themes of mindfulness, sexuality, gender identity, a little mysticism and more, the illustrations within this calendar (which measures 21 by 42cm) will inspire a bit of magic in your 2021. Price is in Pounds.
From Ana Miminoshvili (freelance illustrator and designer from Tbilisi, Georgia) comes a dark and delightfully creepy calendar filled with artwork from her Blooming Eyes series. Blending geometric shapes with organic ones, and mystical elements with humor, Miminoshvili creates a unique and alluring style. Printed in full-color on 170gsm white paper, this calendar is available in two sizes.
Tom of Finland’s playful, erotic and celebratory illustrations of handsome gentlemen grace the pages of this 2021 calendar. Whether dressed as cowboys, clad in leather or entirely naked, each character exudes self-assurance and sensuality, and the scenes range from suggestive to salacious.
Produced at the Lower East Side’s Lucky Risograph, artist Ronald Wimberly’s signed “Greetings from BKLYN” print portrays the power of Black Lives Matter protests and incorporates the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner and many other victims of police violence. Proceeds from the print’s sale go to Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, a black trans- and queer-led organization aiming to foster community safety. The striking four-color artwork, which measures 7.5 by 11 inches, is printed on warm white 80lb cover vellum paper.