Season’s Greetings: SVA Faculty and Alumni Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2014

The holiday season is here and SVA faculty and alumni have created a number of unique gifts and opportunities for festive shoppers.

On December 6 – 7, The Sixth Annual Degenerate Craft Fair showcases unique gifts made by artists, craftsman and small businesses. From ceramic pine cones to knit balaclavas, most items are inexpensively priced (under $50). The fair takes place at DCTV Firehouse and is organized by current MFA Fine Arts student Shannon Broder (BFA 2011 Visual and Critical Studies).

degenerate425Among the alumni selling their goods at the Degenerate Craft Fair this year are:

Sara Varon (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) has created an assortment of silver and brass pendants and small zippered bags, featuring the whimsical “friendly” faces of various animals (as well as a dinosaur).

BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies faculty member Amy Wilson (BFA 1995 Fine Arts) makes her own handspun, hand-dyed art yarn at Type A Fibers. All wool and animal fibers are from well-treated animals in small family farms. There is also a vegan option!

Other gift ideas created by faculty and alumni include:

“It’s Not Warming It’s Dying” T-shirts and buttons for SVA Acting Chairman and MFA Design faculty member Milton Glaser‘s newest campaign aimed at raising awareness about climate change.

tshirt425MFA Computer Art and MFA Art Practice faculty member Kathy Brew‘s new documentary Design Is One (watch a trailer below) chronicles the work and symbiotic creativity of Lella and Massimo Vignelli, “the first couple” of modern design. The duo is responsible for much of New York’s subway signage and maps, among many other recognizable projects. The DVD includes 10 bonus shorts of never-before-seen footage of Massimo and Lella plus a photo gallery.

A trio of skateboard decks by BFA Animation faculty member Marty Abrahams. Each are seven-ply maple, made in the USA and feature action-packed, comic-inspired artwork.

skate425Paula Greif Ceramics features handcrafted, distinctively designed platters, vases, bowls and utensils (among much more). Created by alumnus Paula Greif (BFA 1976 Media Arts) in her studio in Red Hook.

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