Sunday, April 29, 2007

Graduation Gift Wish List...

I was talking with a friend about graduation and the topic of graduation presents came up. Normally I dislike asking for specific gifts. Part of the fun of gift-giving, I think is finding exactly the right gift... by way of happenstance or by strategic investigation. However, my friend made an excellent point: "Why get another coffee pot or toaster oven or something you really don't want or need?"

So I decided to compose a list of suggestions:

  • Art: I love art. I just started collecting it. My collection is super tiny, so I'm looking to add to it. I tend to go for smaller pieces since I don't have any space. I don't care if the artist is famous or not. And if given by another artist, I usually give a piece in exchange. I really believe in creating a dialogue between artists. I would pass out if I got a piece by Dianca Phelps or Lucas Samaras or Kiki Smith.
  • Raffle Ticket at Momenta's Annual Benefit: Along the same lines as the previous idea, it adds to my art collection and supports a great cause.
  • Art books: I am obsessed with collecting books on art. When I used to have a bigger budget, I would buy an art book (or two or three) every week. I have been trying to track down two books for the past few years. Agnes Martin: The Nineties and Beyond and Ross Bleckner: Watercolor. I also have been planning to buy Jutta Koether's new book.
  • Tea: I love tea. I especially like receiving it as a gift, because it is an invitation to conversation. I like gifts that can be shared.
  • A Bottle of Wine or Champagne or Prosecco: Again, I like gifts that can be shared and promote conversation. I especially like to see what people's favorites are and trying them out.
  • Chocolate: I'm a chocolate whore. I almost got a job at a chocolate store/kitchen just so that I could learn all their secrets. Fancy truffles make my heart swoon.
  • Anne Choi Beads: Anne Choi is one of my all-time favorite bead artists. I have a small collection of her work and pick up a piece here or there whenever I can. I hardly use them in my designs, as I'd much prefer to keep them in my treasure chest to fondle at my leisure. The mandrakes are my favorite.
  • Owls: I collect miniature owls that fit in my curio case. Now that my collection is pretty extensive, I only like the really rare ones. Like the Zuni Fetishes or the ever elusive Hagen Renaker Miniature Snowy Owl Figurine.
  • Print Gocco: I was terrible at silkscreening in school, but like the graphic effect and the opportunity to make multiples. Gocco is a seemingly easy-to-use home printing system that I could use to print greeting cards and/or specialized papers and drawings for my collages.
  • A Kiln: I want to start firing my own PMC and ceramics in the comfort of my home. We just won't tell my landlord. I really want to get my jewelry and inspirational items company off the ground. Having a kiln would allow me to easily create new product.
  • A Donation Made in My Name: Now that I'm pretty much broke all the time, I can't afford to support some really great causes that are in need of help. NURTUREart, RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network), and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are just a few organizations among many others that could use a little help.
  • Dried White Mulberries: I'm a foodie, or rather... a wanna be foodie. I saw an article in Saveur about these Dried White Mulberries that can be purchased at Kalustyan's. I pretty much love Kalustyan's. They have such a wide variety of fine specialty foods. For me, sharing a good meal with someone is the best! It's one of my favorite things in the whole world.
When I finished writing this list, I realized that it was a list of some of my favorite things and that it tells a lot about me and my interests. Gifts and presents are great, but what's really important to me are the connections between people.


Cynthia Thornton said...

Ok, you know your getting the kiln, and probably something else very secret and nice!

Andrew Thornton said...

I'm very excited! I can't wait for you all to come up here. Bring your air mattress, because I just have the foam and an assortment of cushions. I was thinking about getting a real bed, but what's the point? If I move, it'll be hard to transport (I live on the 4th floor) and I've gotten used to the foam.