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Funny, Funky Gift Ideas — Bernie Sanders Earrings and Clocks Made of Vintage Books

Earrings with photos of Edward Snowden by Fuff. $20 Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios Dec. 5, 2015. Artists show and sell their wares.

Edward Snowden earrings by Fuff of Berkeley, $20.

Earrings with photo of Bernie Sanders. $20 by Fuff. At the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios 2015.

Or maybe you’d rather give Bernie Sanders earrings. Photos by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Yes, thanks to the ever-creative minds and nimble fingers of Berkeley, California, a funny, funky gift can be yours to give for somewhere between twenty bucks and, oh, maybe, three hundred.

I took these photos at the annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios last weekend. The self-guided tour and sale featuring more than 100 local artists and craftspeople continues Dec. 12-13 and 19-20.

Edward Snowden Earrings — a Gift With Political Punch

You can get yourself a pair of Bernie Sanders earrings for a reasonable twenty dollars. Same goes for Edward Snowden. The cameo earrings are made by a Bay Area artist who goes by the name of Fuff.

When she’s not taking orders from all over the place for Bernie and Ed, Fuff also makes gorgeous glass art jewelry.

Funny and Functional Art Made From Vintage Books

Jim Rosenau loves books, the old-fashioned printed kind, the kind with cloth covers with embossed or stamped illustrations. He loves them so much he cuts them into pieces,

Jim Rosenau clock made from vintage garden books.. Art from vintage books. Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios Dec. 2015. Artist at Sawtooth Building, photo by Barbara Newhall

Jim Rosenau clock made from vintage garden books.. Photo by Barbara Newhall

gouges them out — and turns them into clocks and shelves and sight gags. Then he sells them for $95 and up. But you can get some of Rosenau’s This Into That concoctions for a lot less if you come to him with your own books.

To find out exactly when Fuff and Rosenau will be hanging out at their studios during December, follow the links to their websites. If you’re not from the Bay Area, I’ll bet they’d be happy to take phone or email orders.

Coming soon, more fun and funk: Scary fiber dolls and scarves of hand-made felt. 

Jim Rosenau. Single book wall clock. $95. Art from vintage books. Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios Dec 2015. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Single book wall clock, $95, by Jim Rosenau. Photo by Barbara Newhall



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