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Artist of the Week: Shelly Hill

"I am inspired by the environment in which I live, functions of the body, and self-care -- how we can improve our lives a little bit each day with just a cup of tea."

Shelly Hill of Wildfire & Sage

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring Shelly Hill of Wildfire & Sage! Shelly’s creations are all about self care while connecting to nature through ingredients like fireweed, calendula, and lavender. Her curated blends can be hand-picked to soothe what ails you or simply promote ongoing health. Grab your cup of tea, relax in a tub of Wildfire & Sage bath soak and get to healing! 

Who are you?

Hello, I am Shelly the creator and maker of Wildfire & Sage. I live in Ketchikan, Alaska. 

What do you do?

I make herbal teas.

Who/what inspires you?

I am inspired by the environment in which I live, functions of the body, and self-care -- how we can improve our lives a little bit each day with just a cup of tea.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

I feel that I love each step of the process in its own way. If I have to choose, it would be the first brew of a new blend. The tasting, how it makes me feel, and the sharing of it.

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

I am not sure if it is a trick but I would say just sit with an idea, let it tumble around in your brain. No need to rush to it - it will come forth when it is ready to be released.

What’s next?

Big picture of what is next would be to have my own Apothecary/ Tea Shop, but for now it is continue to expand my brand and to promote self care through each cup of tea.

TONGASS IMMUNITY CARE TEA  SEINER'S BATH SOAK 

See more of her work here!

Artist of the Week: Janine Kwoh

"I think there is a lot of value and comfort to be found in hearing shared stories about what are often really difficult and isolating experiences."

Janine Kwoh of Kwohtations

Presenting our Kindred Artist of the Week series! We are big fans of all the artists we work with and we are so excited to share their stories!

This week we are featuring Janine Kwoh of Kwohtations! Janine is a one-woman show whose art helps people connect when it really matters. Whether it’s a poignant greeting card or stickers that give you a deeply needed pep talk, Kwohtations can make it a little easier for us to feel like our best selves.

Who are you?

Janine Kwoh, the Owner / Artist / One-Person Assembly Line behind Kwohtations I am also an imperfect but dedicated friend, sister, and partner. Books, coffee, any kind of fried potato topped with cheese, and jumpsuits are my daily happinesses.
 

What do you do?

I am an illustrator and a letterpress printer. I make greeting cards and other usable art that reflect and celebrate a diversity of identities and life experiences, and always with some humor and whimsy that is so critical to savoring the good times and surviving the hard ones. As a one‐woman show, I’m effectively the CEO, head of operations and finance, creative division, production team, customer service, and intern all rolled into one.

Who/what inspires you?

Creating and sharing art, for me, is a meaningful, tangible way to celebrate real life and real people, to provoke people (including myself) into self‐reflection, and to insert a bit of joy and humor that I think is so critical to finding connection, joy, and healing. In my art, I offer up my own truths ‐ about navigating love and loss, about searching for an authentic voice, about (re)defining family and identity and success, about bearing witness and figuring out what it means to be responsible to ourselves and others. My hope is that others might recognize some of themselves and feel a bit more seen, more connected, and less alone. 

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

When I have a vague idea that I've been turning over in my head and trying to wrestle onto paper for a while - whether it's trying to create an image or come up with the right words - and then the missing piece comes to me in a flash - it's usually when I'm out jogging or on the subway or in the shower.

What’s a trick of your trade, or a piece of advice for other artists in your medium?

Sometimes not knowing what you're doing is what ends up sparking the greatest creativity and a unique style, because you're not limited by the knowledge of how things "should" be done.  

6. What’s next?

More greeting cards! I'm interested in delving deeper into life experiences that I think many of us go through but don't necessarily talk about (e.g. grief and loss, mental illness, infertility, imposter syndrome) - I think there is a lot of value and comfort to be found in hearing shared stories about what are often really difficult and isolating experiences.  I'd also like to experiment with other mediums and products, maybe create limited edition apparel or art prints.  The fun - and sometimes scary - part is not knowing what's next.


Struggle Bus Greeting CardNotes to SelfDrink All the Things
See more of her work here!

Job Posting: Assistant Manager

Come join our team! 

Thank you for your interest in working at Kindred Post! We’re a creative, quirky workplace rooted in art, community, and social justice. And we care very much about the people who work with us! If you love people and mail and neighborhood vibes; if you’ve got a keen attention to detail and enjoy the satisfaction of efficiency; if you laugh at puns and like tiny post office concerts and adding your creative mark on this big bad beautiful world, then we can’t wait to meet you.

We are hiring for a full-time Assistant Manager. Please see below for more details.

OPEN POSITION:

Assistant Manager
The Assistant Manager is a full-time, permanent position at Kindred Post, and has a leadership role in operations, product management, sales, and staffing. The ideal candidate will be both creative and highly organized, able to manage multiple priorities, and someone who enjoys solving problems. The scope of work can range between basic retail transactions to curating art for our collection to hosting community events. Candidate must possess strong communication skills, ability to provide excellent customer service, attention to detail, and a knack for having fun. Experience in a retail setting is a plus but not required; we will train the right person! The Assistant Manager has the opportunity to grow into the Shop Manager position. Full position description here.

TO APPLY:

Please send ONE HAIKU, a RESUME, and a LETTER that tells us about yourself and why you'd be a good fit for Kindred Post. 
Send questions and applications to hello@kindredpost.com.

We will begin interviews after November 30, and the position will remain open until we find the right fit.