Plenty of open, green lands, crisp air, and a top-notch MFA program make Iowa a verdant, peaceful escape for creatives seeking inspiration. Our friends at Revival, an Iowa City-based shop filled with well-designed goods and a mix of new and vintage clothing, are back this year to share more artsy goods from their fair state. Here's what the Hawkeye State's makers are knitting, drawing, throwing, mixing, and more. (As a bonus, we'd like to throw in this Iowa City art print, created exclusively for Revival by local artist Katie Vernon.
"Illustrator Cat Rocketship is a true original. Her paintings and prints are created with mediums that range from oil paint to even ballpoint pen. Her current series, a line of skeleton themed tarot cards are full of life and detail, even though her subjects may be less than alive."
"Des Moines-based jewelry designer Dani Ausen is always cooking up something new. From her first product, intricately crafted peacock hair clips, to her new lines, which feature geometric and gemstone jewelry, daniAWESOME is sure to provide you with gifts for every lucky lady on your list."
"John Bosley of Bozz Prints just might be the hardest working man in the city of Des Moines. His steady stream of new designs also means that he has an impressive collective of state, city, and regional themed posters to choose from. Rep where you live (or where you’d like to live!) with these great posters."
"Jack Randleman pays tribute to vintage motorcycle culture by coming up with the sickest throwback designs around. We love how bad ass these t-shirts are, even if we don’t own a helmet or motorcycle license."
"To say that these pottery designs are intricate would be a huge understatement. Erin from Erin Carpenter Pottery delicately carves, paints, and creates each piece by hand. The results are stunning and are sure to start a conversation or several."
"Sweet Sydney Stitch is named for Jaqui Giltner's daughter, but her wares aren't just for kiddos anymore! Her precious hand-knitted animal hats and leg warmers are perfect for the youngest members of your family, but now her amazing hoods and cowls keep customers of all ages warm throughout the chilly Iowa winters."
"Andrew Kingsbury of Decadence takes discarded objects and turns them into one of a kind pieces of jewelry for men and women. His leather cuffs feature historic relics that tell a story of their former life and what they were used for. We love giving old things new life and his pieces do just that."
"Anne Staudt of Siberian Soap Co. is a chemical and environmental engineer who is passionate not only about making her eco-friendly and affordable soap and skincare products, she also teaches workshops to share the art of soapmaking. While we are partial to her wintergreen lip balm (a steal at $3.00), we think her most unique products are her line of doggie shampoos."
"Genevra Bell mixes watercolor and ink drawing techniques to create whimsical scenes that involve animals doing the cutest of things. She recently published an adult coloring book filled with flowers and animal friends that is sure to be a hit with the young at heart."