This year we're celebrating products made by local Alaskans, and products we love to use while fishing, adventuring, or in our homes, with our Holiday Gift Guide. We hope you support local and gift well this holiday season!
On the first 12 days of December, we're giving away one of each item on our gift guide to a random customer who places an order on that day. To enter our daily random drawings, all you have to do is place an order through the Salmon Sisters webshop and sign up for our newsletter for an extra chance to win! Each winner will be contacted by email the day after each giveaway runs, and their names will be added to this blog post so people can check back. Happy holidays folks, thanks for helping us spread the cheer!
In honor and support of the female farming community, The Female Farmer Project and Anna Brones have teamed up for a limited edition set of greeting card series. 50% of the proceeds of this greeting card series goes to supporting women farmers, through the work of micro-loan organization Kiva and US-based Women Food & Ag Network. Inspired by Audra Mulkern’s photographs and her subjects for The Female Farmer Project, each greeting card features a papercut illustration by Anna Brones. Each set of four cards comes with four envelopes. The 5x7" greeting cards are printed on 100 lb cover Desert Storm Neenah Environment paper, FSC certified and 30% post consumer. The cards are printed in Seattle, Washington by women-owned printing company Girlie Press. WINNER: Lynsey J.
Jens and Leslie Klaar, owners of High Tide Arts, opened their first seasonal gallery located on the Homer Spit, Alaska in 1999. They sell their own artwork, jewelry, custom knives and carry artwork by other Alaskan artists including clothing, embossed prints, photography, soapstone and metal work. This Caribou antler hilt with 440c stainless blade comes with a custom leather sheath with belt loop. Its length from beginning hilt to blade tip is 7.2 inches. Jens gathers Caribou antlers in the Alaskan Brooks Range to use for his beautiful, handcrafted knives. WINNER: Raven M.
Trickster Company promotes innovative indigenous design. They explore themes and issues in Native culture, striving to represent a prestigious lineage of art in fresh and energetic ways as a celebration of Northwest Coast culture as it lives today. Trickster Company was founded by Rico Lanáat’ Worl, a Tlingit/Athabascan formline designer. His work explores living with traditional values today. He also is an active advocate of diversity in community and works to promote diversity in civic engagement. This vibrant silk scarf was designed by Crystal Worl and is 26" by 26”. WINNER: Kelly H.
$32 // Package of 2 smoked salmon jars
6.5 ounces of heavenly smoked Sockeye Salmon, caught by Nelly and Michael Hand aboard the FV Pelican in Copper River. The most beautiful reusable jars, with the most delicious wild protein inside. Nelly and Michael own Drifters Fish, selling wild-caught Alaskan seafood they catch in the summers, and living in Guemes Island, Washington in the winters. WINNER: Melissa Q.
DEC 5. The Scow Seiner Print
This is a cutaway drawing of a Northwest seine boat on a sunny day, skiff on the deck, heading in exactly the opposite direction as the salmon! The cutaway shows the empty fish hold, engine room with clothes drying, the refrigeration plumbing, the bunks in the fo'c'sle, and the lazaret with lots of fun details. It was made during the summer seine season of 2013 by fisherman Tom Crestodina. This print is from a limited edition batch of 350, each numbered individually and signed by the artist. This print measures about 10" by 13" with an additional 1" border. WINNER: Michaela T.
Edible Alaska is a quarterly publication that offers you a behind-the-scenes look at Alaska’s food culture that you won’t find anywhere else. The subscription is for one year and 4 quarterly issues of the magazine, produced in Homer, Alaska. WINNER: Rebecca C.
This paper print of the Apayo Art original painting is inspired by subsistence life, fishing, and the abundance of Alaskan summers. It showcases hard work and teamwork. It is of no particular place, but is a typical scene for a summer camp in Bristol Bay. For more info on Apayo Art, click here.
This beautiful walnut bead on raw brass necklace was handmade in Fairbanks, Alaska with love. Gold Heart Supply is a husband and wife run, small-batch homewares and woodworking studioa. This necklace is 28” in length with a lovely crescent moon. WINNER: Elizabeth S.
The women’s Maris Hoodie is an insulating layer designed to be worn under fishing bibs and rain gear. Constructed with breathable 200g/m2 poly fleece using flatlock comfort stitching and four-way stretch fabric that provides comfort and warmth all day long. Additional features include a high neck drop hood, moisture wicking interior, thumb loop cuffs and zippered front pocket pouch. We can’t take ours off! WINNER: Danica W
DEC 10. Raven Map of Alaska
The best Alaskan map for your home, your boat, or for your car. Beautiful and detailed, this oversized, laminated map has been on our family’s wall forever. Great for dreaming and planning trips together. WINNER: Bradley M
DEC 11. Homestead Roasters Tote
Hand-sewn and screen printed tote bag by Mandy Bernard in Homer, Alaska. Mandy's work is shown in Bunnel Street Gallery in Homer and Dos Manos in Anchorage. WINNER: Charis E
In the land of the Midnight Sun, Arctic flora battle nearly 24 hours of sunlight a day in one of the most extreme conditions known to man. This plant life is armed with super hardy vitamins and minerals to thrive and sustain. Arxotica’s wild harvested exotic superfoods (including glacier water and Omega Oil) formulation help defend your skin against the environment's aging effects. Chock full of Alaska's best antioxidants, this serum is worthy of the Cup'ik Eskimo name, Quyung-lii (kai-oong-lii), the potent one. 15 mL's of lush, unique topical Superfood Nutrition for your Skin. WINNER: Jamie R.
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Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.