Like so many city-dwelling white women, I am sucker for a good museum gift shop. And the National Museum of Women in the Arts has a great one; most importantly they purchase from a good selection of small artists and makers. Through this gift shop, I discovered Thing #12: Ash + Chess. A duo of illustrators working in Richmond, Ash + Chess is queer & trans owned stationary company. They make incredible cards, prints, and created The Gay Agenda.
Though I had purchased two of their pieces from the NMWA shop, I had never thought to look at their work more directly (shame on me, I know!). Then this summer, I purchased a sticker pack from Anthology 320, and decided to follow all of the artists who collaborated, including following Ash + Chess. Days later, I received one of their bright and quirky cards from a friend. Sometimes you’re just fated to find a new fave.
Whitney in Alexandria received a Rainbow Palms Plant. And I encourage you to stock up on cards for friends, buy a print for yourself, and mark your calendars to order the Queer Tarot Deck, coming spring 2022.
🎁 Tiny creative business
🏳️🌈 Queer Owned
🚺 Woman owned (co-owner)