Give Original: The Holiday Artisan Fair at the de Young

We all have those people in our lives who are difficult to shop for, whether they’re super stylish, seem to have everything, or are just plain picky. Luckily, the Holiday Artisan Fair at the de Young offers a unique variety of gifts for everyone on your list. Now in its seventh year, the season’s best shopping event features 17 of the Bay Area’s top artisans displaying their unique wares. An extensive variety of jewelry, textiles, home accessories, books, stationery and gifts for kids make the Holiday Artisan Fair the perfect opportunity to buy local and meet the artisans 

A variety of jewels, housewares, and unique gifts that will be featured in the Holiday Artisan Fair.

Jewelry makers, like Oakland-based contemporary artisan Philippa Roberts, take inspiration from all over the world. Roberts was born into a jewelry making family in South Africa and has been creating high-end jewelry in the Bay Area since 1994. Her signature look, highlighting simple organic shapes, is combined with beautifully cut gemstones. Employing a variety of materials and styles, Roberts’ love of the ocean comes through in the clean blue and green stones found in many of her pieces. 

A portrait of Philippa Roberts left of a necklace she designed in light blue stones with gold.

Photos courtesy of Philippa Roberts

Other memorable wearable art pieces featured at the Holiday Artisan Fair will include limited edition textiles by Deborah Cross. Cross, based out of Freedom, CA, uniquely combines color and texture to construct unusual forms. She strives for an architectural feel that’s both modern and feminine with a universal appeal. To achieve these designs, Deborah hand-dyes, over-dyes, overlays and appliqués silk fabrics, all the while creating harmony between the various materials.

A yellowish green shirt with geometric patterning

Photo courtesy of Deborah Cross

Know someone who’s working on a mini home makeover? The Holiday Artisan Fair offers one-of-a-kind home accessories, like Tina Frey’s hand-shaped resin designs that will add the perfect pop of color to brighten up any space.

Designer Tina Frey in her light-filled studio with colorful resin blows lined up before her.

Photo by Ike Edeani

Tina Frey’s collection of resin tabletop items, objects, planters and house wares are made right here in her San Francisco studio. Inspired by organic forms in nature, her sculptural approach is evident in the quality and uniqueness of each piece. The semi-translucent, jeweled nature of the material and her bright and lively approach to color is evocative of candies, jellybeans and sweet treats. Comprised entirely of food-safe and shatter-resistant resin, these pieces are built to last. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including 7x7, Vogue, Oprah Magazine, Sunset Magazine, InStyle, and more.

Colorfully modern bowls filled with citrus fruits

Photo courtesy of Tina Frey

In addition to more home accessories from Modern Twist, Still Life and Cuong Ta, there will also be a variety of stationery and local publications for all ages from Chronicle and Heyday Books.

The Holiday Artisan Fair will be held in the Piazzoni Murals room at the de Young on Friday, November 22, from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm, and Saturday the 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and museum members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

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