Ten Good Reasons to Buy Handmade Gifts for Christmas

GGs01

1/ You sponsor local artists, instead of international companies.

And, trust me, they need the money. Supporting local communities is always a good idea. Plus, Christmas is the best time of the year for giving back…

2/ You’ll have a different gift for everybody.

All those friends and relatives, and colleagues! Choosing different gifts for so many people can be a chore sometimes, especially in the era of mass production that we live in. Handmade gifts are the best way to ensure that everybody gets a different gift for Christmas. Even if you buy at the same shop! Handmade gifts eliminate the probability of two people buying the same thing for the same person, as well.

3/ Art is always a good idea!

For a Christmas gift. For any gift, in fact.

4/ Plus, it does not have to be expensive.

Especially, if you compare the prices of handmade gifts to those of fashion clothes and hi-tech products (smart phones, tablets, personal computers). Expensive. Boring. Mass. Production. Being original at a lower price saves money, but it also makes you stand out.

5/ Quality matters.

Speaking in terms of quality, we would never compare a beautiful handmade gift, designed by a skillful hand and made with love, to a mass product, coming out of a Chinese or a Taiwan company by the millions. How do you think, which of the two options shows a more personal attitude?

6/ It’s ecological.

Handmaders rely mostly on reused products for materials. Their craft does not have a negative impact on the environment. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. “Miracles made of paper and waste” is our motto, for example. We do not only create art from stuff that people usually throw away (like spam brochures etc). We teach and inspire environmental thinking (as a way of life) with our work.

7/ It’s a way of saying NO to exploitation!

The expensive brands that you buy at the local mall are usually made by poor people (and sometimes even kids) in poor countries. They work long hours in miserable conditions, they get harsh treatment by their supervisors and they receive minimum wage. Three dollars a day is not a rare example. It’s enough to buy rice, but it is not enough to be a human being. Economists call it “outsourcing”. We call it slavery. Buying handmade gifts for Christmas is a way of saying NO to “profit maximization”, which is usually the synonym for exploitation.

8/ Souvenir is the French word for gift.

When giving a gift, we try to create a lasting memory. Souvenir is the French word for gift. It means “memory”. Handmade gifts are the best way to impress and to be remembered…

9/ The choice is immense!

There are millions of handmaders around the world and every one of them is creating hundreds of unique items that have no replica on this planet. This is what we call “variety”!

10/ And what do you choose for somebody who has it all?

Remember that Art is always a god idea? Well, handmade gifts are probably be the most affordable pieces of Art that you can buy for somebody who has it all…

Merry Christmas!

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

LOGO_ECOC2019_EN

GG Sisters is part of the initiative “Kapana Creative District” organized by Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019.

Advertisements

Нощна смяна

weth

През десетото юбилейно издание на Нощта на музеите и галериите (Пловдив) ателието на GG Sisters ще бъде отворено за посетители до късно. Можете да ни откриете на адрес ул. Георги Бенковски 25 в Капана и двете вечери: на 12-ти и 13-ти септември (петък и събота) след 19 часа.

During the tenth anniversary edition of the Night of Museums and Galleries (Plovdiv) GG Sisters’ studio will be open to visitors until late. You can find us both of the evenings at Georgi Benkovski Str. No 25: September 12th and 13th (Friday and Saturday) after 7 p.m.karta_kapana

 

Welcome! We will be happy to see you there.

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

GGs01 LOGO_ECOC2019_EN

GG Sisters is part of the initiative Kapana Creative District organized by Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019 and supports Plovdiv’s candidacy for European capital of culture 2019.

Rolled Paper Woven Purse

P1240949 P1240953

This is an unique lady’s handbag (or purse) handwoven from reused paper (junk mail and ad magazines). The color combinations are natural. They come from the used materials. This product has not been additionally painted. It’s impregnated with transparent glue for durability and flexibility. It’s water resistant, but still – it is made of paper, so don’t drawn it. Use a dry cloth, if it gets wet. Measurements: 25 cm long, 17 cm high and 5 cm wide. All your girlfriends will envy you!

P1240951 P1240950

 

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

etsy_shophttp://www.etsy.com/shop/GGsisters

GGs01

Paper Basket (Handbag, Purse)

P1240941 P1240943

Rolled paper weaving technique. This paper handbag / basket / purse is made of reused paper: ad mags, brochures, flyers, spam, bulk mail. Colors are “inherited” from the original materials, no additional painting is added. Impregnated with non-toxic, transparent glue for durability and flexibility. String (cord) is used for additional fortification of the construction.

P1240942 P1240940

The handle is not flexible, which turns it into a perfect combination between a lady’s handbag (a purse) and a paper woven basket – suitable both for outdoor / picnic activities and for the city environment. Eco-friendly, chic, 100% handmade, reused paper only. Size: 22 cm in height, 28 cm long, 5-6 cm wide, 70 cm handle.

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

etsy_shophttp://www.etsy.com/shop/GGsisters

GGs01

Handamde Gift Ideas for Easter and Spring

egg basket3

Easter is fast approaching and the blossoming Spring around us is a great inspiration for our craft. Here are some handamde gift ideas, which are very suitable for the Season in general and for the Easter celebrations in particular. They can be used as a home decoration (for your table) when you are inviting guests or they can be the perfect and unique, 100% handmade present for your hosts. We all like bringing eggs and goodies when visitng relatives and friends during this season. They can be put in one of these woven paper panniers for a more pleasant surprise:

kurabii kozunak

Or the colorful eggs can be put in a basket, specially designed for this purpose. Here is what we gave as a gift to our friends, when we vistied them last Easter. It  was very well accepted and it still serves them for multiple purposes in their household:

basket1 basket2

You can add to a perfect handmade gift like this one some napkin rings as well. They are made of reused paper as everything else that we do. We have simply reused some old spam paper brochures and we have put some ribbons on them. Here is the result:

basket set 1 basket set 5

These are simple, but artistic napkin rings that will make your table look much batter during the Easter celebrations. And not only. Every time you invite guests, you will be proud to surprise them with something unique. The napkin rings are also a very good present for your hosts, when you are visiting friends. Just imagine how wonderfully our spring baskets will decorate their home, when filled with the handmade napkin rings:

basket set 2 basket set 3

Your guests will be fascinated by your taste and by the environmental attititude that it shows. They will most definitely like the idea of a rich spring table, decorated with woven paper baskets and napkin rings, made of reused paper by hand. This is a nice way to show some style. Apart from that, you will have decorated your home or you will have given presents to your hosts, that have no replica in this world. See these pieces of art:

basket set 4 basket set 6

All of our spring offers are made by rolled paper weaving. It’s a nice technique for getting rid of unnecessary paper (spam letters, brochures, flyers, ad mags, old outputs from your home printer) and turning it into something new, something beautiful, which has many practical implementations in your household. This is how resued printed documents from our home printer look like:

bunny toy1 bunny toy2

You can check out many other interesting gift ideas in our Facebook page and in our Etsy shop. You can also see a great variety of them here, in the galleries of our blog (listed in the sections above). Please, do not hesitate to contact us, if you would like to have any of these beautiful handmade presents. We can also remake any of them for you, according to your own preferences. Just use one of the contacts below and drop us a line:

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

etsy_shophttp://www.etsy.com/shop/GGsisters

GGs01

Pink Paper Basket (Pannier)

23

This beautiful pink paper basket (pannier) is a suitable container for bread, cookies, biscuits, chocolates and other yummy stuff, but you can also use it to store make-up, jewellery, playing cards, toys, keys, lighters, condoms and and other useful items…

24

It is made of reused paper (spam, ad mags, brochires, bulk mail) – rolled paper weaving technique. The original paper is pink. No additional paint is added. it is covered with transparent glue for solidity and durability. A non-toxic, environmental, reusable. eco-friendly product. 100% handmade. Size: 27×17 centimeters, height: 9 cm.

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

etsy_shophttp://www.etsy.com/shop/GGsisters

GGs01

Wine Bottle Covers

17

These two charismatic “cat ladies” represent the spirit of us – GG sisters – our long lasting love for rolled paper weaving and our adoration of pets, especially cats. The two paper sculptures can be used as wine bottle covers, or “wine dresses” as we call them.

They are both made of reused paper: bulk mail, ad mags and spam brochures. The paper sculptures are unique, not only as wine covers, but also as a piece of interior decoration. Painted, impregnated with transparent glue and varnished, so that you can enjoy them as long, as you like.

16

Each of the two petite coquettes is approx. 26 cm high (with the hats). Their dresses spread up to 20 cm in diameter. A nice gift for family and friends, especially if they like cats, art and wine.

mailggsisters@abv.bg

facehttp://www.facebook.com/ggsisters

etsy_shophttp://www.etsy.com/shop/GGsisters

GGs01