Like many of us, I’ve struggled to find the right words to describe everything this past month has meant. On the heels of tragedy right here in my city, there’s been a long-awaited movement of education, advocacy, and amplification of Black voices as we seek to understand the issues of systemic racism rooted in our nation’s history. Important conversations are being had with many of our eyes finally opened, and this awakening has touched every industry, including design.
Personally, this month has marked a big shift in my priorities as a business owner, and I’m committed to playing a more active role in supporting our BIPOC design community. It’s been a starting point to understand how we can level the playing field for our BIPOC colleagues and do better in the days ahead. This larger movement towards equality has such a long way to go, but I want to thank you for your grace in learning alongside me.
As our industry moves toward lifting up more BIPOC small artists and brands, I’ve been lucky enough to discover some incredible makers who weren’t previously on my radar. Not only do I hope to bring their work into my own home, but I can’t wait to start sourcing more pieces from Black-owned shops within my client work. At the moment, I’ve got my eye on these woven baskets by Nomadic Citizen and this artwork by Monica Lewis for an upcoming project. Both brands are currently sold out of most pieces, but you better believe I’ll be first in line once more inventory becomes available.
TO READ & LISTEN
There’s never been a more important time for education on race and Black history, and we’re so lucky to have endless resources right at our fingertips. I’m such an avid podcast listener, and two series that have been incredibly helpful in framing both white privilege and Black history are Scene On season two Seeing White and 1619 by the New York Times. Both series are anything but “light” listens, but I promise you’ll walk away with an eye-opening perspective.
In our household, we’re also working to actively talk about racism and the recent events in Minneapolis with our small boys. Two things that are helping us shape the conversation are these helpful downloads and educators:
TO CELEBRATE DAD
This past Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day with a low-key trip to the lake that included this lemon cake (picked by our boys!) and yeti coolers for our favorite dads. We also gifted these swim trunks for my husband’s new hobby of swimming across our local Minneapolis lake AND surprised him with a new pair of kicks. He’s not usually one for gifts in the “clothes and shoes” category, but sometimes you come across the coolest sneakers and just have to go for it!
PS: While Father’s Day has officially come and gone, I’ve rounded up my favorite dad picks for any belated gift givers or birthday ideas down the line.
Truth be told, self-care has never been a top priority of mine. But between a worldwide pandemic and the good work happening to address systemic racism and inequality, I’m finding the need to decompress every now and then. While I’m not usually a huge nail polish enthusiast, I adore this color by J. Hannah, and I’ve been so impressed at how well it wears. These colors by Tenoverten are equally great and come in the best bold, saturated hues. To round out my relaxation routine, this mud mask by Mádara has become my new skincare go-to.