The Aspex Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Our Craft Shop stocks an array of bespoke jewellery, prints, cards and gifts - created by a talented bunch of artists and designer/makers.

This year our Retail & Hire Co-ordinator, Linsey has hand picked twelve items - perfect presents for friends and loved ones! Take a browse below, and if you see anything you like, pop into the Gallery Wednesday - Sunday, 11.00 - 16.00hrs.

Remember to #shopsmall this Christmas!

1. Rachel Reynolds - Bone China Mugs


Hand drawn and digitally printed bone china mugs – perfect for some winter sipping! Created by Sorting Office designer/maker Rachel Reynolds.


2. Southsea Bathing Hut - Botanical Facial Steam


Give the gift of giving – unwind with the perfect blend of soothing chamomile, deep cleansing lavender, purifying rose and repairing marigold to help unclog oils and toxins from pores, clear sinuses and relax your mind. These products are suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive and blemish prone skin.


3. Form.London - The Ella: Reversible Necklace / The Gwen: Geometric Studs

£55.00 / £35.00

Wear it your way! Statement necklace in walnut, silver, copper and just rose. Pair with matching earrings - a really lovely gift for someone really special!


4. Form.London - The James: Cufflinks


One for the boys! Carefully etched walnut wood inlaid with brushed brass, steel or copper. It’s all about those small details.


5. Priormade - Plywood Planters


Planters are individually handmade in the Priormade studio - no two will be exactly the same! Available in a range of colour, these are made from sustainable and responsibly sourced plywood, ensuring waste is kept at a minimum, and non-toxic paint and varnish is used. Eco-friendly and cute!


6. Gingerthread House - Brew Crew / Bean Team Iron-On-Patch


Whether your poison is tea or coffee, these statement patches are a quirky addition to someone's badge-game!  Made locally by Portsmouth based maker Kate Smith.


7. Lis Toft - Atlantis Bowls

From £28.00

From the Isle of Wight, maker Lis Toft and originally exhibited as part of  our 2016 exhibition, Trove. These porcelain pieces are inspired by island life and ocean forms. Another great coastal inspired gift!


8. Sprig Knitwear- Lyklar Infinity Scarf


A pure Lambswool Infinity Scarf handmade in Golden Harvest and White. Part of the Keepsake Collection from Hampshire based maker Antonia Sullivan, this design is inspired by collecting small objects as a child. Go wild and get the matching headband (just £30.00!).

9. The Caravan Gallery - extra{ordinary} Photographs of Britain


Published by The Caravan Gallery to celebrate and commemorate the national touring exhibition extra{ordinary} - an exhibition of over one hundred colour photographs taken over fifteen years, that shows the extraordinary in the everyday, and is itself an extraordinary record of social change since the millennium.

The book comprises of 132 pages featuring 93 colour photographs, with an introduction by photographer Ken Grant and an essay by Alistair Robinson (Director, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art) all wrapped up in a beautiful bright yellow hardback!


10. 2Sisters - A4 Typographic Print Selection


Local sisters Lauren and Chloe are our most recent stockists - supplying us with their carnival and retro inspired typographic prints and homewares.


11. Phil Jones - Beardy Coaster Set


Beautifully packaged in a beardy box, this playful set of four cork-backed coasters illustrated by artist Phil Jones is a great addition to any breakfast table! The set is made up of four different beard designs: Samuel, George, Herbert and Bernard.

12. And one for the road...

Artist John Lihou created this bespoke, three-layered screenprint to mark Aspex’s collaboration with Southsea creatives Strong Island, taking place at Victorious Festival in 2017. All prints are limited edition and come pre-wrapped (£15.00).