Below is a sampling of public work we have created in the past. Stay tuned for more.


Highlighting Kerry James Marshall

If you don’t know Kerry James Marshall’s work, you’re going to need to sit down and have some time to study his paintings. The textures and colors and subtle details are breathtaking. We had the opportunity to see his work exhibited at MOCA in Los Angeles a few years ago and its changed my experience of every museum I’ve gone into since. 

His work explores issues of race and history through formal portraits, scenes of Black life and also comics. He wanted to document Black subjects who have purposefully and historically been left out of museum collections. His work is so vivid and colorful and intensely beautiful, that it brought tears to my eyes. When I looked around me, I also recognized a change. The museum audience and attendees were not predominantly white, they were Black and Latinx, young and old, taking in these powerful images of Black men and women centered as the subjects. It forces you to see what is there and also what is not there at the same time. It forced me to recognize that most of my life, I had witnessed a very narrow slice of life within the museum setting, a portrayal of mostly white narratives and white bodies. This show changed me and I’m sure many other people who saw it. I am forever grateful to Kerry James Marshall for the work he makes and continues to make. 

NY times 2016 article -

Interview with Kerry - 

Donate to a Black led youth organization, helping to engage young people from the ages of 3-24 through a variety of Arts Programming - 


Ongoing book list

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous People’s History of The United States 


Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning


Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism 


Clarice Lispector, The Complete Stories 


Kara Cooney, The Woman Who Would Be King. It's a look at Hatshepsut, a woman of incredible magnitude and one of the longest female rulers in Ancient Egypt. 


Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Nonexistence


Mary Oliver, Devotions 


Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth 


Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens 


Riane Eisler, The Chalice and The Blade  


Lucy Lippard, Goddess


Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qi Gong

"PLASTICS as plastics" - 1968 Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibition

In 1968, The Museum of Contemporary Craft in New York had a show called, “PLASTICS as plastic” This marked a large shift that gave plastic a seat at the table as a new worthy material. No longer was it being used to mimic other natural materials, now it’s unique properties were being accentuated and highlighted. It’s exceptional qualities at the forefront, these artists and designers played in every way with this material. ⚪️
Works included: 
1. “Chair” - Neil small designs 
2. “Yellow heart weekend house” - Haus Rucker co 
3. “Radome” - fully inflated dome - Collins & aikman 
4. “Orb” - a polyurethane foam chair - Terrance Cashen

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Mixed Needs - Keeping your senses strong and your pocketbook closed (slightly)

The name Mixed Needs was jotted down onto a list that Michael and I would refer to as our "baby names" list. We still have this list today. Though most of the names are inside jokes, some of them are just snippets of conversations, short phrases that we liked or word combinations that seemed to somehow stand for something we found meaningful or fun. They varied from.."Panic Banana" to "Refreshing the stream"..most were silly and most didn't make sense. 

However, we always had Mixed Needs on this list. The meaning of this concept has changed over the course of my life and our relationship. Initially, I had thought of it as a way to encapsulate all of ones expectations in a partnership. It was always clear to us that we needed a village to make us happy, trying as hard as we could to not put the bulk of our expectations on just eachother. The weight of ourselves being dispersed to friends, loved ones, family, therapists thus reciprocating other's experiences and bringing them home to share.

As years went by, we kept coming back to MN, only this time, it represented new ideals.

The instant gratification of clicking and purchasing is all too common and we recognized it first within our selves. It's unfortunately the American pastime to consume without realizing the consequences both on our psychological health or how it affects the physical world. I believe we limit our senses, our ability to feel new experiences when we numb them this way..we aren't exploring the world anymore on our own, we're being fed what we should do, buy and what is socially acceptable. We're told that drinking in bars is the best way to hang out with friends and quality time with your family is a shopping trip. While we definitely partake in these activities, it isn't the only way of being and it isn't the only way of experiencing the world together. We have much more complex, ineffable Mixed Needs. 

A quick example: You're feeling low, you look at instagram, maybe you're feeling stuck. Maybe instead of instagram, or looking at your phone. What you really need is a good roll on some grass. Find a patch of grass, if you don't have any, go to your neighbors lawn. They most likely won't care, just don't lay there all day. Give yourself some time to smell everything. Look up at the sky and imagine you're somewhere else in the world, looking up that sky in the exact same position. Take a break.

Another example: You feel ansy, you've just gotten to a party. You see someone you know and they come up to you, give you a hug and a kiss on your cheek. Before you know it, you're feeling welcome, warmed and somehow much more ready to mingle about. Maybe all you needed was a kiss on the cheek.

As an online shop, this may seem contradictory to be telling you NOT to buy things so first, we'd like you to consider the following:

1. With every object/item in the store, there will always be something for free. A resource, a poem, an idea, a piece of health advice, something that's a takeaway that won't cost you anything but your valuable valuable valuable attention space. THAT in itself is more precious than all the jewels you could ever buy.

2. We would much rather sell you "action items" versus finished products, see the ceramic "tool kit" or the "crafting kit" or the "break something kit". 

3. Lastly and most importantly, we want to support artists we believe in. We want to sell work from people that we ourselves would actually want to buy from. We will only post items that we love and will vouch for.

Thanks for reading, I hope this makes sense and I hope you're using all your senses today.

XO g