Spectacular crafts, jewelry and treats from some of the industry’s most talented artists on sale tomorrow from 6 – 9 p.m.; holiday gift guide now available in latest Keyframe Magazine issue.
A cutting board made by an animator on Bob’s Burgers? Or coffee beans roasted by the writer of Angry Birds 2? It shouldn’t surprise you that some of the best artists, writers and technicians in animation also create spectacular crafts, jewelry and treats. These talented individuals will be selling their wares at the Animation Guild’s annual Holiday Market on December 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public. If you can’t make it, check out the Holiday Gift Guide in the latest issue of Keyframe Magazine (https://animationguild.org/keyframe/) with details of how and where to purchase these unique presents. Here’s a sampling of gifts you’ll find!
Some of the Holiday Market Highlights:
CREEPY AND CUTE
Many of the designs for Thom Nicolette’s enamel pins begin as doodles on cocktail napkins over a Mai Tai at his favorite Tiki bar. Only his best designs make it onto his final products, most of which are Halloween-themed. The prop designer, who’s currently working on Warner Bros. Animaniacs, tries to strike a balance between weird and appealing. Pins are $12 and can be snapped up year-round at etsy.com/shop/thomfoolery.
MIGHTY FINE LEATHER
When searching for a hobby that would reduce his time in front of screens and machines, Steven Chan, storyboard artist at Bento Box, discovered the meditative craft of leatherworking. He makes every cut and stitch by hand on his range of refined wares, from key holders and wallets to leashes. Prices range from $20–$120, available exclusively at the Holiday Market. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Victoria Orolfo has been crocheting creatively since high school. Her fun hat creations range in theme from animals to Pokemon. The background designer at Cartoon Network also offers plant-themed enamel pins and patches—perfect for those who yearn for a garden but lack a green thumb. Crochet items start at $20, pins are $10 and patches $7. There’ll be special deals at the holiday market. Find her creations at etsy.com/shop/victoriaorolfo.
After building things in a digital 3D space, Meghan Sesnie, character TD at DreamWorks Animation, finds it refreshing to use her hands to craft something in the physical world. She’s been making jewelry since age eleven and expertly crafts beautiful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and watches. Prices vary with cost of materials, ranging from $4–$35. Find her jewelry on facebook.com/meghansjewelrydesign.
Source: The Animation Guild
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.