Functional Art for Every-Day-Use in The Kitchen
Set the year to 2010.
Take two friends, Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi.
Have them both be mothers and printers.
Combine their heritage and backgrounds:
Japanese + Swiss + Canadian + American
Set them to work in a high desert town in New Mexico.
Make it the International District of Albuquerque, NM: a vibrant community of Native Americans, New Mexicans, immigrants from Central and South America, Africa, and other nations around the globe, blended together since the 1970s by the federal government’s refugee resettlement efforts.
Kei & Molly Textiles, LLC
Kei and Molly create charming, handmade, artisan, wood print fabrics and cards that give a nod to the Swiss art of paper-cutting (Scherenschnitte) and the Japanese art of woodblock printing (Moku Hanga). Each design shines handsomely in an intentionally simple pattern.
You can find the Kei & Molly Textiles - produced with a humanitarian twist - at Clementines’ in Seattle’s historic neighborhood of Pioneer Square, neighboring Seattle’s own International District. Clementines is currently carrying their Flour Sack Dishtowels and European Sponge Cloths.
Bonus: This beautiful work is reasonably priced!
Check out the Kei & Molly Textiles website: http://www.keiandmolly.com/home.
Here you will learn more about their effort to be environmental stewards, only using water-based, non-toxic inks and filtering wastewater from production, and their effort to support their community, create good jobs, work with refugee resettlement programs, and more.
I purchased a flour sack dishtowel with a red heart-shaped design to be my kitchen companion but found it too beautiful to be folded up by the stove waiting for kitchen duty. Instead, it hangs in the hallway where it now greets me with crimson letters announcing: ‘Miraglo’. It fits perfectly with my other holiday decorations, announcing a miracle to come.