The time of year for frantic, last-minute holiday shopping is almost upon us. Get a bit of a head start on your gift giving by checking out local online art and design gallery, The Shiny Squirrel. Some suggestions: For that hard-to-shop for hipster boyfriend, perhaps a porcelain raccoon skull with gold teeth? For that museum- and ephemera-loving friend, what about a gem of an NYC souvenir? Or what about a 4″ petite zine or one of a kind Feather Phoenix Fascinator as a gift to yourself? You can find more standard gifts like Brooklyn-designed jewelry and artwork, as well, if you like.
Started by Jessica Goldfond (who you may remember from last month’s Brooklyn Skillshare) two years ago, Shiny Squirrel is an uber-curated online marketplace for up-and-coming artists and designers (think Etsy, but with a bit more quality of design control and more of an artsy bent rather than crafty). Goldfond runs her online gallery out of her Williamsburg apartment, with just a bit of help from her mom back in Jersey, who ships her inventory out for her. An art history major in college, she saw many talented artists and designers graduate with no place to showcase their talents, so she aspired to start her own gallery. Being 23 and having limited start-up capital, she launched her online site in October 2007 with the help of her then-boyfriend and a female programmer she met via her eponymous blog, The Shiny Squirrel (she’s so attached to the name, she’s getting a squirrel and acorn tattoo next week). The four-year-old blog is a popular destination to find bits of art, fashion and design inspiration.
Goldfond, in addition to showcasing designers on her site, also represents these fledgling artists looking to make a name for themselves. She helps with branding and placement in galleries and shops. You can find The Shiny Squirrel and the work of some of these Brooklyn artists she’s hoping to break onto the scene at this year’s Bust Holiday Craftacular.
In addition to her online shop, The Shiny Squirrel has its first pop-up shop for the holiday season, from now until January 15, at Corduroy Kid’s Park Slope location (231 5th Ave, Brooklyn). She’s showcasing stuffed animals, prints, and cute-but-not-too-cutesy onesies for the young ones.