At Modern Times, we strive to bring together the best in Australian art and design so it’s the perfect place to start your Chrissy shopping. For some extra fresh inspiration, we asked four of our favourite local artists to curate their own selection of gifts that will top their Modern Times wishlist this year!

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Gifts Curated by artist Sarah Kelk. Image styled by Nat Turnbull and photography by Elise Grace.

Lets start with painter Sarah Kelk, whose sell-out show this year left us all on a high. Where she finds the time with her business Hello Polly, her successful painting career and family life I have no idea but I’m so thankful I could get the lowdown on her top gifts and her general approach to the festive season.

Sarah’s curated selection has a graphic yet organic aesthetic, she says “I wasn’t looking for anything specific, but was drawn to inspiring products that Id love to be constantly surrounded by.”

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Sarah Kelk on her home studio.

As a self-confessed ceramics addict combined with her love of texture and pattern, it’s no surprise Sarah is attracted to the stunning work of Katia Carletti and Louise Kyriakou. Sarah says, “I love anything with pattern or texture, and these pieces are no exception. I absolutely love giving gifts to people, and often take way too long choosing the perfect thing for people I love. I think I always end up giving pieces that I’d quite like to have myself (thats common right???).”

Sarah’s best efforts to avoid the whole ‘One for you, one for me’ routine are not always successful – “ I’m a sucker for homewares , shoes and sunglasses!!”

In fact, Sarah tells me her go-to gift for that friend or family member who has everything would be anything ceramic. “Ceramics! You can never have too many ceramics”

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Sarahs Gifts Curated includes original print by Ellie Malin, ceramics by Lene Kuhl Jacobsen, Katia Carletti, Concrete tray by Studiokyss and Suds Collar by Two Hills. Image styled by Nat Turnbull and photography by Elise Grace.

With such good Christmas shopping advice, Sarah sounds like she has it covered and when I ask about Christmas more broadly, I’m convinced!

Sarah blends together the best of her family traditions with her personal experience from spending many years in Europe. “I grew up with the traditional Christmas fare (Turkey, Ham, Pav etc) but always with a summer afternoon running race or cricket game with the cousins thrown in for good measure. After spending 8 years having wintery European Christmases, I’ve picked up a few extra Northern hemisphere additions that all seem to blend together to make a fun family Christmas.”

When Sarah starts talking about her secret family recipe for the perfect baked ham, the obligatory Pimms and bubbly, all followed up with a Boxing Day family picnic at Heide I start to wonder how I might wrangle an invite to this picture-perfect sounding Christmas!

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