When I was first compiling this gift guide for painters and artists, my sights were firmly fixed on traditional artists tool like this Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colour Bamboo Wooden Box from Cass Art London. This luxury set is the perfect starter kit for paint enthusiasts, or an addition to their current collection. Ms Fashion for Lunch gave me the idea of mixing up the mediums, this is a technological age after all, and these are some original gift ideas to help every kind of artist from digital to the traditionalists.
A V &A year subscription would be ideal, espceically with the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty major exhibition coming next year; members go free with guaranteed entry. The list of benefits goes on including previews, exciting events and access to the V&A Members’ room. I am especially looking forward to Shoe: Pleasure & Pain. Not into fashion? London has a wealth of museums from the British museum, to the Tate.
A Diana F+ is not a toy, and this iconic Lomography camera is an innovative tool for artists. Unlike digital cameras, where it is easy to take lots of pictures, having a Diana means more thought and care is taken for every frame, because film is limited. With the breadth of stylistic film this will work for portfolios, mood boards and points of reference to draw from.
Ballpoint pen Artist James Mylne created intricate National gallery portraiture using Microsoft’s Surface Pro and its innovative pen. The Surface Pro 3 is not just a tablet that can replace your laptop hybrid but can be a canvas for digital art. The possibilities are endless because the surface will serve as a tool and workspace.
I know this is a selection of Fashion textbooks but this is what I would love to get. Art is as much as about research and taking a point of reference, as well as drawing. Trawl Publishers such as Laurence King, Phaidon, Rizzoli, and Thames & Hudson for the best art, design and fashion titles.