Handwork – Ithaca, NY
Handwork, Ithaca’s Artist Cooperative is a unique spot to find useful local art – art that is a statement piece on its own but has a functional side. For example, we feature local artists who create cutting boards, hats, mugs, tool caddies, earrings, leather belts, etc! The list goes on.
As the name suggests, the artists in the cooperative own and staff the shop. It can be challenging to have enough time to own and run a shop, as well as create enough work to fill the shop. So by splitting our time, all the artists can have time to make new art and support each other by minding the shop. It also gives us an opportunity to meet people in the community that are familiar with our work but maybe we haven’t gotten the chance to meet yet in person.
The cooperative (initially called Cooperative Craft Store) was founded in 1976 by 12 local artists banding together and now features more than 40.
Stop by sometime and meet the artists!
Sundrees – Trumansburg, NY
A locally owned shop featuring a fun curated mix of pieces including a variety of locally made ones. The shop frequently rotates their collection of goods – handmade journals & handbags, local pottery, fun kitchen tools, luxurious soaps & lotions, and cute dresses – as well as their whimsical window displays.
If you’re making the trip to Trumansburg visit Taughannock Falls State Park to check out the tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Maybe treat yourself to some ice cream from Cayuga Lake Creamery or lunch at Creekside Cafe. If you’re going to dinner at Atlas Bowl or Hazelnut Kitchen stop at Garrett’s Brewing for a beer first! Sundrees is right next door!
I also have a handful of pieces at Little Button Craft in Rochester, NY as well.