Support Art While You Shop

Greetings from the MF Shop! Mallory here, MF Shop manager. While I have set up a tree and am ready to hang the twinkle lights, the fact remains that the holidays are going to look different this year. And that’s OK, if it means keeping our loved ones and our community safe. But one thing that doesn’t have to change is gifting our nearest and dearest something special this time of year. As you hunt for that perfect gift to give from afar, let the MF Shop help you in your search. You are sure to find something unique for everyone on your list (and don’t forget to treat yourself!).

The best part about shopping with the MF Shop? 100% of sales support the Mattress Factory and its mission, so your purchase not only supports the 30+ local and independent artisans represented, but also the Museum’s artist residency program and community outreach initiatives.

Need some inspiration? Here are some of my favorite things in the shop to get you started!

With all of us spending more time at home, now is a great time to pick up a hobby or brush off some rusty skills! Send the crafter in your life one of these DIY kits, with everything you need to get started on a little creature buddy, cross stitch piece, or weaving project.

One day soon, we will be able to gather again in person, and when we do, the quaran-queen in your life is going to want some new bling to show off! Sarah Cohen of PetalVision uses REAL plant material in her glass pendants. She even sources insect and butterfly wings (once they have completed their life cycle, of course).

Or maybe you have a science lover on your list? Pittsburgh local Bruce Senchesen actually electrocutes titanium, altering the oxide levels in the surface of his metal jewelry. This creates the colorful patterns you see! It’s a process called anodizing, but you can also just tell people it was magic….

And don’t forget the card! These days, a handwritten note will truly stand apart from the constant emails, texts and Zoom calls. Cheery cards from PA locals Everyday Balloons Print Shop are sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Whatever your gifting plans this season, thank you for considering the MF Shop. We’re a small business non-profit: Your support means the world to us. We know you have a lot of options, which makes your dollars all the more meaningful as we continue to make new art and connect our community to art, artists and to each other.