It’s no secret that our area is an inspiration to artists—the Hudson River School, anyone? But with just a little bit of research, I’ve confirmed that we’ve still got it when it comes to the inspiration department. But, while the Hudson River School saw the area as a romantic, serene place, how does our neighborhood look to the artisans of today? What kinds of products, crafts, and gifts come out of our sterling reputation? Here are a few examples of what I was able to dig up:
I’ve always envied the New Yorkers who can get their city and subway maps on everything from hoodies to socks to shower curtains. This is a cute way to pay homage to our daily commute—the Saw Mill Parkway is front and center.
This designer was able to create a suite of paper products—a ceremony program, a program cover, a decorative program liner, and a burlap drawstring bag to hold it all—and, because it’s got the name Westchester, it’s intended for an “elegant” and “upscale affair.”
Lots and lots and crafts—including cool vintage tavern signs—pay homage to Sleepy Hollow and its famous headless resident. Even the ones that don’t show the Horseman in the flesh—like this locket here—are still influenced by the Gothic nature of the famous tale.
When I think of Storm King, I think of the Art Center. This artist, obviously, had something else in mind, and it’s pretty adorable for a kids’ t-shirt.
In the end, it’s still the River that inspires the most, as seen in this necklace, which was “inspired by the sun setting behind the Catskill Mountains along the Hudson River.”
Basically, what I’ve been able to determine is that our area is a fun place to be right now. Then again, I didn’t really need Etsy to tell me that.