For me, part of the fun of asking artists, writers and tastemakers about their holiday creativity is discovering how different everyone's approach is. Charleston-based printmaker Stacey Bradley is married to musician and songwriter, Jay Clifford, and has two young children. She describes herself as currently immersed in the world of kids' birthday parties, so simplicity is key, but nonetheless she takes as much pride in her gift wrapping as she does in the present.
[Mohair yarn images via Knitch.]
Stacey prefers to recycle materials from her studio as much as possible.
She says, "I like white tissue or recycled brown bags tied with an amazing yarn (I keep several rolls of angora and mohair on hand in various colors just for this) and a homemade tag. I re-use scraps of things I print and turn them into gift tags, or quick fold over notes to tie onto gifts."
Having worked in retail for a decade, traditional Christmas music played 24/7 isn't always Stacey's cup of tea, but her family has started a tradition of their own: "My husband plays his guitar and sings to us while we decorate the tree, which lasts all evening and helps us all get in the spirit. It's lovely."
All of the works shown here, including the holiday cards, are Stacey's. Some of you may remember from past posts that interior designer Angie Hranowsky, an enthusiastic collector of diverse art, is a fan of Stacey's work.
[Photo of Mary Randolph Carter copyright © Sara Beth Turner.]
See also Mary Randolph Carter's Rustic Holiday and Projects.