Featured in NTWRK’s Esther Kim-curated Women’s History Month art collection, called Esther Loves Artists, So Youn Lee’s ethereal “Totem” offset print features her signature character, Mango. The work is inspired by ancient totem poles, but it also emphasizes the way communities support and cherish their members. The 18 by 24-inch offset print, with a blind embossed signature, is available on 22 March at 6PM EST via the NTWRK app.
LA-based Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) identifies nine core values when outlining the ways in which they foster and champion feminist creatives, communities and practices. First on the list is that WCCW remains “a place that affirms that art, creativity, and imagination have intellectual, personal, and political value. No art is neutral, it is either transforming or upholding the status quo… Art is a form of dissent.” Their pack of five postcards incorporates this value and others. All proceeds are put back into the organization which connects and supports the community through their workspace, events, exhibitions and more.
Designed by acclaimed artist Andy Rementer, Areaware’s Block Party toy series comprises seven characters (cat, duck, monkey, mouse, tiger and two humans) broken down into several pieces. Stack them anyway you like, or collect the set for mix-and-match options. Each has its own accessory—the monkey comes with a banana, while the woman has a soccer ball. Whether a collectable for an art enthusiast or a toy for a child, they add a little color and personality to any room.
Available exclusively on NTWRK, a content-driven shopping platform, comic book editor Sammy Harkham teams up with Brain Dead on a hoodie designed to accompany their collaborative 72-page comic book, a “message in a bottle” meant to “celebrate independent comics, bookstores and artists” in the aftermath of 2020. The comic features work by Geoff McFetridge, Julie Doucet, Charles Burns and others, and a portion of profits from the comic and hoodie will be donated to the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, a non-profit providing arts education to incarcerated youth in LA.
This stunning 600-page monograph, Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be, comprises 700 works on paper by the artist from 1992 to 2020, most of which are being published for the first time as they’ve been in Walker’s private archive. Handwritten notes, typed index cards, sketches and journal entries provide readers with intimate insight on the art. Aptly, Walker provides the foreword. Designed by Gavillet & Cie, the cloth-bound book features essays by the deputy director of the Kunstmuseum Basel, Anita Haldemann; curator and cultural historian, Maurice Berger; and artist and critic, Aria Dean. The book has been published to accompany Walker’s exhibition, also called A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be.
By Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew, the glorious and dynamic book Black Futures features essays, artwork, photos, poetry, dialogues, recipes, infographics and even tweets and memes to illustrate the expansive and ever-evolving realm of Black creativity and culture. Visually vibrant, mentally stimulating and entirely inspiring, the book entrances and inspires—but also makes a call for equality, inclusion and celebration of Black joy and imagination.
Sold in sets of six by home decor brand HANDS, these Natural Orb candles function like tea lights but favor a handmade look and feel. Two inches tall and three inches wide, they fit into most places the common iterations do, but with a noticeable, design-forward presence. With a bulbous middle, they melt in on themselves when burning (and can become a bit messy). Depending on how long you leave them lit, the burn patterns will differ between candle, as they’re all poured by hand from 100% all-natural food-grade materials. They’re scentless, thus ideal for those with a sensitivity to airborne allergens, and colored with annatto, matcha, spirulina, black tea and safflowers.
Now in its second printing, Melodie McDaniel’s Riding Through Compton is the result of several years of documentary and portrait photography, capturing striking and tender equestrian scenes in the LA County city. In 1988, Mayisha Akbar (who provides an essay in the book) founded the Compton Jr Posse—a program made for local kids to enjoy riding horses, but also to build self-esteem, confidence and a sense of responsibility. Several members from that program went on to create Compton Cowboys (also a non-profit benefitting youth in the area) and leader Randy Savvy also contributes an essay. Within are interviews by Amelia Fleetwood, a poem excerpt by Robin Coste Lewis and an afterword from Youth in Focus founder Walter Bodle. Riding Through Compton is a stunning book that will delight and move readers.
Produced at the Lower East Side’s Lucky Risograph, artist Ronald Wimberly’s signed “Greetings from BKLYN” print portrays the power of Black Lives Matter protests and incorporates the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner and many other victims of police violence. Proceeds from the print’s sale go to Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, a black trans- and queer-led organization aiming to foster community safety. The striking four-color artwork, which measures 7.5 by 11 inches, is printed on warm white 80lb cover vellum paper.
As the title suggests, Petra Eisele, Annette Ludwig and Isabel Naegele’s lovely hardback book explores one of the most popular typefaces of all time: Futura. Created by German designer Paul Renner in 1927, the sans-serif font was based on geometric shapes with near-even weights. The book explores the typeface’s beginnings through to notable uses and insight behind the design via illustrations and essays by design writers Steven Heller, Erik Spiekermann, Christopher Burke and others.
From Nuts! fanzine and Rock’n’Roll Forever creator Ben Trogdon comes a 2021 calendar filled with his 35mm film photos. Designed in the same style as Trogdon’s Tattoo Punk, the calendar’s aesthetic is brimming with DIY flair.
Artist and author Michelle Kwon’s pocket-sized paperback collection of comics, The Interior Life, (released in 2018 by independent California-based publisher Tiny Splendor) assembles personal moments of introspection and humor. It’s thoughtful, endearing and offers a fresh perspective from start to finish. With a cat factoring heavily into the narrative, feline fans should enjoy this, as well.
Released as a signed and numbered edition of 50, artist Liana Jeger’s lovely Lazy Old Moon screen print sets a cosmic crescent above wildflowers she was on a hike in Southern California. Chicago’s Salty Broad Press printed the 18 by 24-inch work in two colors (that give the illusion of more)—black and “split fountain pink to green.” It’s an artwork that captures a moment of peace and quiet among thistles, evening primrose and more.
Oakland’s Good Mother Gallery has a vast online shop for those unable to visit in real life. One of our favorite products, their Planet GM crewneck sweatshirt comes in six colorways (and there’s a T-shirt option too). Underneath an intentionally misshapen representation of Earth, small text refers to the destination as “the planet’s best ‘art gallery.’” Available in size small to 5XL, the pre-shrunk sweatshirt is constructed from a nine-ounce 50/50 cotton-fleece fabric.
Studio Unto’s unique set of crayons allows artists of all ages to reproduce the vivid color-scapes of our natural world. As though “you picked up a piece of mineral and started coloring,” each crayon resembles a rock, with swirling, layered and speckled colors. Drawing with them produces multi-colored lines with texture and inconsistencies that add to the allure. Because each piece is made by hand, the finish of the four included in each box may differ.
Designed by Massimo Vignelli in the ’60s, the Stendig Wall Calendar remains timeless. Combining Helvetica with a classic grid format on alternating black-on-white and white-on-black pages, it measures a substantial three by four feet. It’s printed on high-quality, 160gsm paper, making the leftover pages perfect for reuse as wrapping paper.