The season of sparkling snow, stress and singing Santa figurines is here! In between the food and the familial feuding, we hope you'll find time to show your loved ones you support their creative aims. At Hand-Eye Supply we think a good gift sparks excitement about the object and the way you'll use it. We've gathered some especially inspiring objects for the shop, the studio, the campsite and the home. Who they're gifted to (or hoarded by) is up to you, but we guarantee they're all nicely made, satisfying to hold and ready to fit a creative lifestyle.
Check out the Hand-Eye Gift Collection Here!
Check out some of the collection stand outs after the jump.
Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is head over heels for tonight's presentation from Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records! Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, Oregon. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!
Mississippi Records: "A Short History of Mississippi Records"
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 6pm PST
This is a talk featuring the impossibly bad business model that is Mississippi Records. I'll be speaking about how Mississippi has managed to sustain as a "lo -fi" business for over 10 years. Mississippi Records has run a label and retail store with the only technology at play being a calculator and a notebook and no promotion or advertising of any kind. Despite these limitations, we have managed to release over 172 records and run a modestly successful record store. I will also discuss some of the great artists we have been honored to work with who share our low to the ground approach, our world wide strange as hell distribution system, and other aspects of the business. I'll be using slides to illustrate throughout the talk.
Eric Isaacson is the founder and owner of the Mississippi Records store and one of the founders of the Mississippi Records label. Mississippi Records has released 172 records, 104 cassettes and has existed as a brick and mortar store for over 10 years. Eric has run the store and designed and edited the majority of releases on the Mississippi label. He only recently started talking about the Mississippi project in public, spending the last 10 years under a veil of obscurity and total radio silence to the press. He plans on retreating back into the shadows after the new year.
The Adjustable Clampersand is a rare and precious thing: a true Core77-born commodity. Core77 readers may remember the original Clampersand Coretoon by Tony Ruth, showing the typographical tool in sketchy form. And now, with much hard work and horn-tooting, we're pleased to present the fully-fledged and functional Clampersand. The glittering conjunction is made from aluminum, cast at the Batavia Foundry outside of Chicago.
"I always envisioned the Clampersand as an ideal bookend for an open ended shelf," remarks Ruth. "I use them to clamp several books upright into a freestanding centerpiece. Or I simply stand it up by itself on a table. I'd recommend using it to clamp verbally associated objects together into some sort of visual pun: bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, turner and hooch. That sort of thing."
The clamps receive a rough polish and a secondary base grinding, ensuring that they sit flat while clamped. While the Clampersand is fully functional, it is not recommended as an actual shop clamp, because the cast aluminum is a lower strength material than a traditional steel clamp.
Tony Ruth is a designer, illustrator and occasional cartoonist from Chicago, a bacon enthusiast, and inventor of the adjustable Clampersand. Mechanical design by Tim Haley of Tangible.
You heard it (and saw it) here first: git your fresh Clampersands, clamp them around the house, shop and garden for all your bookending puns and visual run-on sentences. Punctuate your projects, support American production, and give kudos to zealous cartoonists.
Available now from Hand-Eye Supply! $40.
The ever-popular Ryan McGinness To-Do List Calendar is back, now in the 2014 edition! Ryan McGinness has been self-publishing these unique To-Do list calendars for his personal use for years and the 2014 calendar is the perfect resource for any artist, designer or dedicated list-maker to have on his or her desk. The lightly gridded space of each page is a blank slate for everything from points of business and grocery lists to inspired scribbles or quotes from movies you direct in your head.
Ryan McGinness To-Do List Calendar 2014
Available at Core77's Hand-Eye Supply
Hand-Eye Supply is excited to announce that we've partnered with Instructables to create a contest encouraging open source inclined makers to create a workshop-based DIY tutorial. As if the joy of sharing your projects and process with your peers wasn't enough, we've put together some bitchin' prize packages (totaling over $2,500) to make this contest especially enticing!
Entries will be judged by Instructables members (including you, if you if you join Instructables). We've created a special judges' prize that will be chosen by the staff of Hand-Eye Supply and our special guest judge: workshop wizard Kurt Mottweiler, known for his intricate and meticulously crafted pinhole cameras that are partially made with tools he has designed and built himself. To be eligible for this prize your Instructable must instruct participants to build a tool.
To check out current entries and submit your own, visit the Instructables Workshop Contest Page. The contest ends January 20, 2014, so you can vote and submit until then!