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      Artist of the Week: Sierra Estes

      Artist of the Week: Sierra Estes

      "I use ceramics to connect myself and others to the earth through the tactile and intimate experience of holding a coffee mug close, or serving a meal for your loved ones."

      Sierra Estes

      Presenting our Kindred Artists 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 Sierra Estes of Estes Ceramics. Sierra is the creator of the most beloved mountain mugs. She credits a desire for connection in her work and we, as you may know, thrive on connection - with our community, with nature, with ourselves, you name it. Sierra has won our hearts and we bet she's gonna win yours too. Read all about her below!

      Who are you?
      I am Sierra Estes, the set of hands behind Estes Ceramics. My work uniform includes clay splatters and plenty of animal hair, and that makes me happy.

      What do you do?
      I am a potter. I make ceramics for everyday life, pottery that fits into the daily rituals we practice together, or on our own. I use ceramics to connect myself and others to the earth through the tactile and intimate experience of holding a coffee mug close, or serving a meal for your loved ones. 

      Who/what inspires you?
      The earth itself is my greatest inspiration. I believe that the earth is sacred, as a
      whole, and in parts. The dirt, grass, and trees are all rich and invaluable parts of
      our existence. I want to interact with the earth in as many ways as possible,
      being able to bring it into my daily life through my work is something I don’t feel
      worthy of but strive to honor in how I make ceramics.

      What is your favorite moment in the process?
      As the wheel slows down and the piece is almost ready, I use the side of my
      fingers or the long edge of a wooden rib to make a mark, maybe a subtle curve
      or a slight dent. That moment, when I’m most tuned into the piece and my hands
      and the clay have completed their ritual dance.

      What is a trick of your trade or a piece of advice for artists in your medium?
      Don’t rush anything. Clay holds endless possibilities, but you will still have to play
      by its rules. Take the time to really learn how clay works and lean into that in your
      processes.

      What is next?
      I have just made the transition into full-time self employment in the summer of
      2019, and that includes taking on more projects all at once. I am working on
      finding the best balance, routine, and processes to successfully do all of these
      things and still be a living, sleeping, eating human being. My next step in this
      process is to bring on an intern!

        

      Don't forget we are giving away one of these beautiful mugs on our Instagram and you can get them 20% off on our website right now!

      Kindred Post Enamel Pins Coloring Sheet

      Kindred Post Enamel Pins Coloring Sheet

      KP Enamel Pins Coloring Sheet

      Hi friends!

      With all this time indoors, we want to help inspire and enable some creative time.

      You may have seen some or all of these pins in our shop before, and each one has special meaning to us. Some even have POEMS that go along with them.

      See the real pins from the coloring sheet below! 

       

      Tiger Style Pin I Love This Place Pin Other Side PinBird Pin Smash The Patriarchy Pin Social Justice Hustle Pin Black Sheep Pin Radical Softness Pin  Sorry For The Late ReplyI Woke Up Like This Pin Korean Drama Pin Let's Get Lit and Read Pin

      Download your free coloring sheet HERE.

      See our entire pin collection HERE.

      Artist of the Week: Priscilla Weidlein

      Artist of the Week: Priscilla Weidlein

      "... pay attention to what brings you into the present moment, and practice cultivating that."

      Priscilla Weidlein

      Presenting our Kindred Artists 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 Priscilla Weidlein, an illustrator, wife and dog-mom who takes some of our favorite feelings and turns them into shareable works of art via her line of gorgeous greeting cards. Read all about her process below and inspiration in her interview below and then go ahead and fall right in love with her work just as quickly as we did. 

      Who are you?
      I’m Priscilla Weidlein, a visual artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. 

      What do you do?
      I paint watercolor portraits of people and their pets - and am accepting commissions! I also have a greeting card line and create illustrations for editorials and companies that I believe in. When I am not working in the studio, a lot of my free time is spent walking in the park with my dog and my husband. 

      Who/what inspires you?
      I am inspired by nature, particularly flowers, and the light that emanates from all things. 

      What is your favorite moment in the process?
      Presently the most enjoyable part of my process is filling bold, dense color into the lines of my pencil drawings. I like balancing intricate line work with bold color; it creates a rhythm, a dance. 
      What is a trick of your trade or a piece of advice for artists in your medium?
      Well, I welcome stillness. By cultivating stillness in my studio, by way of meditation, I am able to be present with the subject in front of me. Working thus becomes an extension of the meditation. It is in periods of presence that I can create work that feels truly authentic to my being. Each person accomplishes this uniquely, so if I were to spin this into a piece of advice, I’d say pay attention to what brings you into the present moment, and practice cultivating that. 

       
      What is next?
      Good question. In these uncertain times, a lot is up in the air about the months ahead. But what I do know for sure is that I am starting a flower study project, where every week I will paint a new flower. I do not know what will become of it, but I am so looking forward to inviting this joyful subject into my weekly studio practice.

          Cat's Pajamas Card at KindredPost.comMoment With You Card at KindredPost.com
      See more of her work here!

      Social Distance is Social Justice: An Updated Statement on Closing the Store

      Social Distance is Social Justice: An Updated Statement on Closing the Store

      An updated statement:

      We appreciate the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) taking swift action re: COVID-19 to encourage social distance on a broad, institutional level. Although post offices are categorized as essential services, we are a *contract* post office and have been granted an exemption. Effective tomorrow, we are following CBJ’s closure of schools and other public facilities by closing our physical shop to walk-in customers through March 30. The four federal post offices located across Juneau remain open and we truly appreciate their service.

      It’s hard to close the store. Our whole jam is about connecting and being together in real life. We strive to be a neighborhood gathering space. And like others, we're a small, local business, so we rely heavily on foot traffic to support our work and our staff and our families. But we know that it requires widespread commitment to flatten the curve and that it is the most vulnerable and most disenfranchised who will suffer the most if we do not. We’ll say it again: Social distance is social justice right now - it's a personal practice that represents community solidarity and community care. We love you, but we love ALL of you, and closing our physical space is our commitment to being the best neighbor we can be.

      That being said, we continue to be open online 24/7! To encourage you to shop from home instead of in-person, we are offering 20% off all online purchases, free shipping throughout Alaska, and curbside pickup in Juneau. We hope that the same things that brought you to Kindred Post before (a mental health break, celebrating a friend’s birthday, assembling a care package, supporting artists, etc!) can remain true for you now and that we can find healthy alternatives for you to stay cleverly connected with the ones you love.

      Thank you to those who have been shopping online and buying gift certificates already. It means a lot! And it helps support our team, who will continue to be creatively on the clock despite store closure for as long as we possibly can. I’ve (Christy NaMee Eriksen, owner) taken a pay cut to ensure this.

      We may be distant but we’re feeling closer than ever to everyone. As always, take good care of yourself and take good care of each other. 

      Love,
      Team KP 

      A message to our community regarding COVID-19

      A message to our community regarding COVID-19

      Dear community: 
      As you know, we care about you A LOT. We are taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and we want to minimize the risk to our community as best we can. As a post office, we are categorized as an essential service and have been mandated to remain open. As such, we are keeping a close eye on CDC, WHO, and local agency recommendations to ensure our practices are in line with the good of our public health.

      Things are changing daily, but at this moment we are on a strict and frequent surface sanitization schedule and you’ll see our team wearing gloves. We disabled signatures on our ipads so customers do not need to touch them. We have cancelled all upcoming public events.

      To encourage you to shop from home instead of in-person, we are offering 20% off all online purchases, free shipping throughout Alaska, and curbside pickup in Juneau. We hope that the same things that brought you to Kindred Post before (a mental health break, celebrating a friend’s birthday, assembling a care package, supporting artists, etc!) can remain true for you now and that we can find healthy alternatives for you to stay creatively connected with the ones you love. We have some games and ideas that we’ll be posting on FB and IG in the coming days; come digitally hang out with us.

      Lastly, a word about social responsibility. If we were not categorized as an essential service, we would close the store. Social isolation is social justice right now - it's a personal practice that represents community solidarity and community care. Flattening the curve will take widespread commitment. We're a small business, so we hate to say this .... but please don't come to the physical Kindred Post unless you have to. Even if you don't show symptoms, you may still be carrying and transmitting the virus to more vulnerable members of our community. We love you, but we love ALL of you, and we want to do our part to keep contact low.

      Know that we are thinking of you and wanting the best for everyone. Let's keep our distance, but stay connected. Take care of yourself and take care of each other.

      Love, 
      Team KP