If you’re the kind of person who can’t help swinging by the gift shop on the way out of the museum, the American Natural History Museum’s latest collaboration is something to keep an eye out for. Yesterday, the museum launched a collaboration with Etsy, the marketplace for all things crafty, handmade, vintage, and probably embroidered with foxes, featuring several Brooklyn-based artisans like paper-crafters Smidge Co. and the vintage-inspired signs of Winter Cabin. The museum will sell some 140 Etsy items online and in their gift shop, from dinosaur jackets to owl aprons to brain-shaped soaps.
Of the new collection, seven of the pieces were crafted specifically for the gift shop by artists who got a behind the scenes tour. And the partnership seems like a natural one: After all, how many items on Etsy are inspired by the Wes Anderson-like splendors of places like the AMNH? The piece above, sumptuous speckled leather pouches made by Jessica Ulrich of Kertis, reflects the AMNH’s extensive ornithology collection. Ceramicist Amy Handlen of Redraven studios created this iceberg-like necklace to reflect both the gems and minerals hall and a recent exhibit on natural disasters.
Winter Cabin created both a series of bold, printed bandannas that exhort wearers towards exploration and adventure, and these banners, which have a pleasing hanging-out-at-camp-in-the01960s vibe.
You can shop the full collection at the AMNH’s gift shop or their website.