Friday Five: Holiday Gift Guide (Artist Edition)

Draft of a playing card featuring Jessica John and Joshua Handal by Rachel Hipszer.

Wondering what to get for your favorite circus person for the holidays?

We all have our wishlists, but this year, why not also take the opportunity to support an underemployed artist? 

Here are some of my favorite things by circus artists:

1. Circus Playing Cards by Rachel Hipszer

Each of the 54 completely unique playing cards feature a different circus artist. Look closely and spot the familiar faces. Rachel Hipszer is a handbalancer and aerialist based in Brattleboro.

2. Juggling: What It Is and How to Do It by Thom Wall 

A modern textbook about juggling technique for beginners and professionals, this newly-released book lays out the steps from zero to five ball mastery. Thom Wall is a juggler and variety entertainer.

3. Living Sculptures by Courtney Prokopas 

Kokedamas and joyful plant sculptures lovingly made in Chicago but shipped to your door. Courtney Prokopas is a classically-trained ballerina turned aerialist and wire-dancer.

4. Custom Handstand Benches by Jan Damm 

Bespoke Chinese-style training benches made from select pine with an Ash hardwood tops. Jan Damm is a juggler and a clown, who also makes custom hoop diving sets.

5. Deathandstoriesfromafuneralhome by Justin Therrien 

Hand cut, hand folded, hand stitched, with 5 original linocut printings in each book, filled with stories about moving dead bodies for a living. Justin Therrien is a Bellingham-based entertainer who mixes traditional circus skills with sideshow stunts.

Do you know of any wondrous things made by circus artists that you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments below!