Journal

Artist of the Week: Al Laudert

"I catch and photograph shrimp participating in activities that most shrimp only dream of."

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’s featured artist is Al Laudert who introduced himself to me as The Shrimp Whisperer and has not lost my attention since! His photographs capture shrimp in all their hidden glory, with playfulness and precision. We're here for it! 

Who are you?

Al Laudert, aka "ShrimpWhispererAK"

What do you do?

I catch and photograph shrimp participating in activities that most shrimp only dream of

Who/what inspires you?

The person who probably had the most influence on me as my art evolved to whimsical shrimp photography was Southeast artist Ray Troll. What really inspires me is showing people who have only seen shrimp battered or butterflied how cool they are!

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

My favorite moment in the process is the constant search for shrimp-scale props for the next photo shoot. But nothing tickles me more than the reactions I get from folks viewing my art for the first time...

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

Photography can be so interesting, and there is no substitute for good equipment. I have to plan my shots in advance, with my camera and props in hand because I only have about two hours before my models start to get tired... My advice is to be creative and believe in yourself!

What’s next?

I am driven to keep raising the creative bar with the photos I plan for the coming year! Next year I plan to add some new products. When Ray Troll is wearing a ShrimpWhispererAK tee shirt, I will feel I have succeeded!

See more of Al's work here!

Artist of the Week: Krista Tranquila

"If it seems hard, you are probably using the wrong tool."

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’s featured artist is Krista Tranquila, whose mixture of illustration and metalsmith we instantly fell in love with. It's been a joy seeing her bring some Juneau images into her work for us and learn more about her process!

Who are you?

Krista Tranquila

What do you do?

I make jewelry.

Who/what inspires you?

At the moment, the idea of nature therapy.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

Working out new problems or ideas.

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

If it seems hard, you are probably using the wrong tool.

What’s next?

My daughters will go back to school and I will have a little more time to work out some new ideas.

Juneau View Necklace
  Rivet and Fold Hoop Earrings Small 
Wood Slice Necklace
See more of Krista's work here!

Artist of the Week: Sarah Ritter

"I make jewelry in my basement lair of badbitchery."


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’s featured artist is Sarah Ritter, whose work has been a long time local favorite with its endless color and texture and shape surprises. We're hosting her jewelry line (Bronze Betty Finery)'s pop up shop tonight during First Friday; come through to see what's new on her workbench! 4:30-7pm.

Who are you?

Sarah Ritter, lifelong Juneauite.

What do you do?

I make jewelry in my basement lair of badbitchery.

Who/what inspires you?

I love the natural state of materials like gems and leather, and being able to highlight their unique colors and patterns.

What’s your favorite moment in the process?

A eureka moment when a combination of colors or shapes just belongs, and there's no doubt that those earrings are gonna be hot!

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

Find your own style and run with it. Don't be afraid to get weird.

What’s next?

Not entirely sure, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants.

See Sarah's work at the store always, and a bigger array of her collection tonight during First Friday!