Why not toss some of your holiday gift budget toward a visual journalist who might be selling just what you need for that special someone on your list?
Today’s topic: Homemade jewelry…
Longtime sports and features designer Reagan Branham makes the most interesting conversation pieces for brainy types: Jewelry made of used Scrabble pieces.
She makes earrings…
…necklaces and bracelets…
…and Christmas ornaments.
Prices on these items range from $30 or so for the larger ones to just eight bucks for that ornament. Which means you can afford to pick up a lot of stocking stuffers at Reagan’s Etsy store.
In addition, she has other items as well. Such as drink coasters.
Reagan sells those two for $12, four for $24 or six for $36.
She also has a variety of tyopgraphical-themed wall posters.
Those go for $22 each. And her gorgeous graphic calendars sell for $20 each.
This one features simple but lovely designs…
…but this one is a guide to styles of chairs.
A 1998 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Reagan interned at the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., and the State Journal-Register of Springfield before joining the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as a news, sports and features designer. She moved to the Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, Mo., in 2000 as a sports designer and moved to features six years later.
Reagan left the Post-Dispatch in 2011. She’s now the marketing coordinator for HOK, an architecture firm in St. Louis noted for designing sports facilities.
KELLY & PAVEL DESIGN
Recent UNC graduate Kelly McHugh Chtcheprov makes some very interesting necklaces, bracelets and so on with a geographic flavor.
Being a Clemson fan — and being 3,000 miles from home this football season — this one caught my attention mighty fast.
Note the little heart where Clemson should be. Kelly makes these for a variety of states, universities and regions. That particular one is fairly typical of the line. It costs $15.95.
A few more varieties on that same theme: Necklaces for UNC, Duke or N.C. State fans…
…and a few other states you might have heard of.
She even sells one for South Africa! Sweet!
Kelly and Pavel make those out of other materials, with other finishes and with silver or gold chains of various lengths. You’ll have to check her inventory at her Etsy store or ask if there’s a particular variety you want.
In addition to state outlines, they make monograms…
…snowflakes — this one, by the way, is acrylic and 14k gold and costs $29.95…
…and a variety of Christmas ornaments.
A 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Kelly spent her senior year as visual managing editor of the student paper there, the Daily Tar Heel. She served an internship in 2011 in the infographics department at National Geographic and then worked as a fellow on UNC’s annual Powering a Nation project. She joined Industry Standard Research of Cary, N.C., a year ago as an infographics designer and social media expert.
You’re reading the third of what I expect to be several blog posts over the next few days, offering up ideas for Holiday gift giving, but with items created by your visual journalism colleagues around the world.
This week’s schedule:
Also, check out the gifts for geeky collector-types that I wrote for the O.C. Register‘s Holiday Gift Guide in the Thanksgiving day paper.
Do you know of anything — or anybody — I should add to my list? Give me a ho-ho-holler.