With the holiday season upon us, I am fretting about Christmas gifts this year. A hectic schedule and life's challenges threw me for a loop and my normally organized Christmas shopping has been put off until now. So, off I went to my computer and started shopping, buying and printing! Okay, and what did I get! I purchased three different museum memberships as gifts. One to Metropolitan Museum of Art for my friend who loves Byzantine art, one to the Museum of Modern Art who loves Matisse and one to the Museum of Design and Craft for my friend who is a fabulous jeweler! They will be gifts that keep on giving. I made some handmade popup cards, and will enclose their membership certificates. No mall shopping for me! Then I was onto the friends who love book arts! Ah ha...easy! First off a membership to the Center for Book Arts and you can locate them at www.centerforbookarts.org; then a subscription to Maddy Rosenberg's magazine publication that accompanies her exhibits at Central Booking which can be found at www.centralbookingnyc.com; and finally, a few purchases from catalogs at Vamp and Tramp for those who love artist's books at www.vampandtramp.com. Some more handmade popup cards and in go the subscriptions and book works! Vamp and Tramp has some great buys for $50. and under. Some other great gift ideas for those book lovers can be found at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com. Great book artists have published some phenomenal books on how to create their lovely little works. Check for books by such favorites of mine as Esther Smith, Helen Hiebert, Gwen Diehn and Gabrielle Fox. Order the book, print out the sheet and enclose it in a card and mail it to them via bill to ship to selection on these sites. They bill you and ship to the recipient! All of my shopping done without leaving the house and using my car! Here's to a stressfree and happy holiday season!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!