Wall sculptures and mirrors have a found/folk art collage quality that's right in tune with Albuquerque's eclectic Western vibe. These one-of-a-kind pieces are a little pricey, but more affordable mixed-media art cards run about 20 bucks apiece.
Woven by hand on a floor loom, this crafter specializes in "rag weaving" rugs, blankets and place mats out of recycled fabrics. A bedspread and a T-shirt might find their way into your kitchen hot pad.
"Searching for infant dresses in bold, brilliant, beautiful colors was like trying to milk a tumbleweed," says Etsy store owner Heidi. A love of textiles informs her line of clothes for little cutie-pies. Some items—such as the adorable and reversible "Miss Muffet" hat—are made from vintage sewing patterns.
"Gocco printing" is a screenprinting technique that was developed in Japan in the late 1970s. The press looks like a toy and involved flashbulbs. We're smitten. Paper Menagerie works Gocco magic on found stationary, creating greeting and conversation cards with handmade flare.
Lighthearted mini-sculpture and jewelry that trade in animal motifs and steam-punk aesthetic. Most are handcrafted from porcelain or polymer clay and finished with thoughtful trinkets such as wooden beads and vintage watch movements.
R.Potter's "BloKs" are sorta like postmodern lotería cards. Each is hand-painted on a custom 3.5-by-5-inch wooden block and comes in a handmade envelope. A mind-bogglingly extensive line of subjects encourages collectors to build their own "story."
Whimsical crafted goods come in the form of a cat ears and tail costume set, crocheted bees, hand puppets, and prairie dolls. Hats and super-soft knitted wrist warmers are more practical but not less fun.
Sushi tastes better when it's served on a Zenlike fused glass tray. Or serve snacks at a friend's next art opening from a Mondrian-inspired platter. Sunflower's "woven glass" line of plates fuses subtlety with meticulous craftsmanship.