By Judy Foreman
A quick turn off of Hwy. 246 from Santa Barbara is a shop full of treasures at Global Eye Art Collective, an all-handmade comprehensive gift and home store that’s a must-stop when spending time in Santa Ynez Valley.
Global Eye, located at 1095 Meadowvale Rd. in Santa Ynez, is the brainchild of multi-talented Kristen Cramer, who specialized in visuals and marketing for others for more than a decade before opening her shop.
Sourcing products from all over the world, including many talented local artists, Cramer aims to have something in the store for every room in your house and for every person on your gift list, and also includes a gallery of black and white photography by avid fisherman, diver, hiker and renowned documentarian Michael Robertson, who is Cramer’s business partner.
A shiny vintage Red Royal typewriter sits in the middle of the showroom, where customers can make their own cards or type up a poem or greeting for a loved one.
Almost everything in the store is made by an individual or small studio or at home, Cramer says—a trip to Global Eye Art Collective is sure to be a day to remember.
Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.