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Mother’s Day may not be until the 13th, but this year don’t leave the gift giving ’til Sunday morning when you’ll inevitably follow up your last minute ecard with a guilt-ridden phone call. Plan ahead and get mom something nice, like a piece of jewelry from the socially responsible, environmentally friendly and totally affordable line, 31 Bits. The Southern California-based company was started by Kallie Dovel after she discovered the beautiful local jewelry being made by women in Uganda. Now, back in the States, she and a few friends have created an international market to sell handmade necklaces and bracelets from over 100 Ugandan women, many of whom lost their homes and families at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
The mission of 31 bits is to use “fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. By giving our beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. Our program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.”
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Artist Hardware, an arts materials company the produces Field Portage bags, notebooks, sketchpads and paintbrushes, is about to release the Sensu Brush, a paintbrush designed specifically for the iPad.
“Sensu is two very useful tools in one. A brush and a stylus for capacitive devices like the iPad and iPhone. The rubber stylus is exposed when the brush is closed. This stylus is great for sketching and writing or as a general navigation tool. Grasp Sensu near the nib section and pull it out of the protective cap. You will reveal the capacitive bristles of the artist brush. Insert the rubber stylus into the cap and the cap becomes a handle for your brush.”
Artist Hardware funded Sensu with a successful Kickstarter campaign, and now, six months after it ended, they’ve finished production on the brush and have begun sending them out to backers. The reviews are starting to come in, and so far they’re all positive.
“We were really impressed by the way the Sensu Brush works as a stylus or pointing device. The chrome-plated brass body feels light but stable in hand. The length of the stylus means it fits perfectly in the crook of our hands between thumb and index finger when used in pen/pointer mode. The smooth sculpted shape of the stylus body/brush cover is simply lovely. We felt it was one of the most natural and balanced styli we have used. It seems just about perfect for long sessions writing, sketching, or painting. Of course, everyone’s hands are different, but we think the Sensu is spot-on as a stylus.” –ipadcreative
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Nothing says mom like M-O-M. What could be more of an ode to your matriarch than the physical embodiment of her name in print, or at least the first letter? The brand new UK-based screen printing studio YeahNoYeah is making their debut with an eye-catching series of alphabet prints. All the prints are made using water-based inks and recycled paper. A 40×50 cm unframed print will cost you $65 plus shipping. On their site they say they can ship in three days, giving you plenty of time to get it framed and wrapped for your mum.