As the holidays get nearer and nearer, I've got Christmas presents on my mind. I am always on the look-out for Bulgaria-related gifts that are not too obvious or nationalistic-y. I hate it when people give history books or flag-decorated objects but I also know that many of my non-Bulgarian friends are fascinated by all things Bulgarian. So I look for items that have some connection to Bulgaria but are not necessarily a proclamation of my Balkan pride (because I've got none).
This past weekend I was translating a fascinating interview with a Brazilian-Bulgarian artist that Ivailo Spasov did for Edno Magazine a few months back.
Stephan Doitschinoff's grandfather immigrated to Brazil in 1945 and settled in Sao Paolo where their family has lived ever since. Stephan's art is influenced by his religious upbringing and Brazilian folklore. I especially like his murals that he paints on the facades of old rural houses. Really amazing stuff.
Gestalten recently published an album of Doitschinoff's work and I kept thinking, wow, that would make a fantastic Christmas present. Kyle and I can never get enough of art books so I am very excited about this one.The book is available for purchase through the Gestalten website but is currently on sale on Amazon. Definitely check it out and let me know what you think!
Also, if you have Bulgaria-related Christmas gift ideas, please let me know! I think it would be really cool to put together a gift-guide to help each other out, right!