"paikka" by jennifer jorgensen

two more lady bosses got added to our list of inspiring clients this past week.  marlo and angie of Paikka turned an old, industrial space into one of the most on-trend and desired event spaces in the twin cities.  these two modern and ambitious ladies put their trust in us and let us have fun creating their pattern with hardly any direction - we loved it and love them for it. 

the pattern was meant to be imperfect and casual, with a hint of unique mark-making.  we took this idea and ran straight to MCAD to start our “bonding while mono-printing” adventure.  mono-printing is one of those time consuming, yet addicting arts.  all of a sudden your playlist runs out and you realize you have been preparing the same pattern for two hours and you have no idea how the time passed so quickly.

Paikka’s laid back attitude surrounding their commissioned artwork translates directly to the way their business functions.  they made sure that Paikka could adapt to any type of event by putting everything in the space on wheels.  we painted their movable office pod, that acts as a backdrop for photographs, but opens up so that Marlo + Angie can have a quiet space to work during events, as well as get out of the way of the epic parties going on right outside their door.

the Paikka space feels like a calm little respite but is also exciting and bursting with energy - you really want to hang out in the space.  it’s so great!  we would know, we spent a few hours there (wink, wink).  

 

"the bluebird group" by jennifer jorgensen

The Bluebird Group is self described as being “fanatical about innovative products that can change how consumers live their life, and about helping customers experience the very best of them.”

being the first thing their clients will see when walking into their office, this custom wallpaper needed to embody all of these characteristics and more.

they are certainly everything they say they are, but something that they don’t mention is the energy that you feel in every meeting with them.  they’re really, really fun.

let me paint you a picture, we’re all standing around their kitchen island.  we’re bouncing ideas off of each other, drinking our LaCroix (their fridge is always stocked), and someone flies into the kitchen on an electric hoverboard (probably to grab their own LaCroix)  - no one from The Bluebird Group bats an eye - it’s just another relaxed meeting in the kitchen, and they’ve got a lot to do, so they have to do what they can to get back to their desk swiftly.

they’re always smiling and cracking jokes while slaying their game.  it’s infectious and we wanted to make sure everyone (including their own humble, northern personalities) knew how great we believe them to be.

thus, the northern - chinoiserie Bluebird Group pattern was born. it’s bright and bold, but depicts simple, pastoral scenes from their northern roots - evoking an energy representative of the innovative products they represent, their employees and their clients.

"black magik woman III" by jennifer jorgensen

we couldn't wait to produce some art with Sarah White, a local photographer and renaissance woman, when we were paired with her for the third annual Black Magik Woman art show.

historically, “The Three Graces” has been a symbol of grace, charm & beauty. three words that historically, a “woman” should hope to embody in life. “the three graces” was commonly depicted by artistic masters such as Raphael, Antonio Canova, Rubens + Botticelli.

when we asked our intelligent, successful muses what words they would use to describe themselves, none of these words came up. instead, the words that appeared included: free, strong, independent, flow, rising, thriving...

these words came as no surprise to us as these are the words that would commonly pop into our mind to describe them as well as ourselves.

the idea of what women should be as well as what they strive to be has (hopefully, finally) changed over time, so we decided to recreate this iconic image with a more suitable approach.

three flowers were chosen to represent each woman; a rose, a protea and a gladiolus.

the rose is a symbol of balance, new beginnings, and hope - it represents someone who is finding themselves, rising up and thriving.

the protea is a symbol of strength in diversity and transformation across cultures. a flower full of substance with a real backbone.

the gladiolus is a symbol of moral integrity and strength of character. a flower whose petals are soft, subtly flowing from its strong stem.

a pattern was created from each of these flowers and given to the corresponding muse. we then made a pattern uniting all three flowers and muses, which was hand-painted on the wall to serve as the backdrop for our modern interpretation of “The Three Graces.”

Photographer of our muses: Sarah White
Muses: Mixie D (rose), Sophia Eris (gladiolus) + Tricia Heuring (protea) 

"chandytown" by jennifer jorgensen

i love dining. 

this is something that i have said over and over in my life - it usually gets a big laugh mixed with a few “you’re so high maintenance” side-eyes thrown in my direction.

that being said, it’s totally true.  sitting around a dinner table with the loves of my life, laughing and drinking is attached to most of the memories i hold dearest to my heart and label as “favorites.”

as a result, my dining room holds energy from all sorts of engagements - the best and the worst.

for a long time, i was obsessed with hanging onto all of these memories.  i wanted to keep all those memories alive, even if they weren’t bringing anything positive to my life.  this functional space became a haven for moments i claimed to no longer care about - yet, when i was passing through, i felt the tingly tangles and i secretly loved it.

one day, i got over it.  who knows why - but, out of nowhere i took the painting off the wall that i claimed was giving me strength and stared at my bare white walls.  it felt better.  i spent the day working away at my dining room table, feeling all hyper and motivated and full of emotions.

kate “the tot” worum inevitably got a call a few hours later : “kate, i want to do my dining room.”

being the supportive, positive gal she is, she said, “let’s do it.”

now, what to paint??  i wanted something feminine, something fun - something celebratory.

so, chandeliers it was.

dinner parties are better than ever on blaisdell - stop on over for some bonding.

"battington lashes" by jennifer jorgensen

the two of us obviously love art and design - which makes this company a perfect fit for the both of us.  that being said, what we have found to be an even brighter component of She She is meeting and connecting with our inspiring clients.

Sirine Swed, founder of Battington Lashes is inspiring to say the least.  she gave up her corporate career to follow a dream.  she had an idea, which she turned into a lifestyle and her company was born.  She’s beautiful and kind and hustles ALL DAY LONG.

thank you for the opportunity to work with you, Sirine - we are so lucky to call you one of our friends.

 

"purple llama coffee & records" by jennifer jorgensen

there was once a llama, described by most as a down to earth guy with a passion for coffee and music.  he had a very special purpose in life : to bring the finest coffee beans to the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

the llama walked across many deserts with Neil Young playing in his ear buds for inspiration to persevere and continue to an unknown land called Chicago.

he primarily listened to the magical album that is “Zuma" to keep him moving.  as he roamed, he met many cacti whom he taught about his magical beans.  the cacti became huge fans of his magical coffee, but who wouldn’t once they tried the pour over that was being offered.  

the llama also ran into an eagle, Randall, who became such a huge fan of his pour-over offering that he immediately took flight to share this magical, new drink with his friends.  as he took flight, a bit of coffee spilled from the cup and turned into a new album which started spinning on a record player that appeared out of nowhere in the sand.

the album was “On the Beach” and with this new album in the llama’s ears, he had the strength to fulfill his purpose and eventually made it all the way to Chicago, so that the people of Wicker Park could be at peace, sleep well at night, and wake up to coffee every morning made with his magical beans at Purple Llama Coffee & Records.

"paco y maria" by jennifer jorgensen

while on an inspiration trip in san francisco ideating about this new design, there was a constant conversation about what we wanted to put out into the world, what we were ready to get back from the world and where we were at in our lives.  

2016 was pretty brutal for us, in all sorts of ways.  when we asked what we wanted more of in 2017, the one resounding answer was love.  over and over, it came back to love.

were we ready to receive it?  were we ready to give it? will someone want it from us?  do we see and feel love in everything because we are so lovesick or is it because we are finally free and able to feel something real? or, are we just totally insane??

we took photos of things we were drawn to just like we do everywhere we go.  yet, this time when we compiled them all together and started looking into what they were, we found that most of them had something to do with togetherness and love.

legend has it that, if you can blow all the seeds off a dandelion with a single breath, then the person you love will love you back.  we sprinkled dandelions throughout the wall in honor of our new wild parrot friends, Paco + Maria. Paco is so in love with Maria, while Maria likes her independence.  they are certainly lovebirds and making the most of ending up in san francisco together. the sweet bumblebees remind us to work hard and that more gets accomplished when you work together.

the flora and fauna of the city was dreamy to two minnesota girls who had just left an early winter.  so, the poppies and moody trees filled us with a sense of warmth we hadn't felt in a while and we couldn't get enough of them.

everyone we were with on our trip was gifted a bud vase from heath ceramics, and we filled them with rose quartz after realizing that it symbolizes unconditional love.

hey world, we're ready for some love.  we think.

"on a pony she named wildfire" by jennifer jorgensen

"on a pony she named wildfire" is based on a trip we took "up north" to crosslake, mn.

we were both fresh out of relationships; completely out of our minds attempting to move on with life without the loves of our lives.  

jennifer was going up to what was her cabin, one last time to move out all of her belongings.  kate came for moral support and fun.

after a two and a half hour car ride full of venting and crying, we walked into the cabin to find jenny's face covered in the pictures that hung on the wall shining light on an ideal life that never was.

while at the cabin, michael murphey's, blue sky night thunder vinyl was on repeat with an occasional "i wanna dance with somebody" interlude when emotions were at a high.  after all, whitney is almost always needed in times like these.

"wildfire" was played more frequently than anything else on michael murphey's record.  it had that perfect blend of weird lyrics and emotion that we were needing that weekend.

"She comes down yellow mountain on a dark flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side"

this toile is created based on our experiences at the cabin, as well as what we learned about each other and ourselves while in the woods.

sure, we skinny dipped and nearly sunk the boat, but the weekend truly wasn't about being sad and moving out.  it was about moving on and finding the most graceful way to start our new lives. 

the weekend was about two women continually lifting each other up when we couldn't lift ourselves and feeling wholly accepted by the other regardless of what crazy statement came out of the other's mouth or what late night excursion had to be had to get through the next few moments of life.  we said yes to everything and filled each other full of love.

we like to look at this toile as a reminder that the worst things in life, often turn out to be the best for you, and that lifting someone up is always better than pushing someone down.