We're a design and product studio that makes weird art projects and some things you can buy.
After being driven bonkers by the itchy oak mites that beseiged the Midwest, Erika found a magic formula of nice-smelling essential oils. She kept making batches for neighbors, so in 2017 we put a brand together.
They're now carried in a couple of retail locations, and available from our website. We did the branding work together, and Erika created a series of beautiful watercolor smoodges.
You can send me your dumb tweets and I'll inscribe them into a clay tablet and send it to you in the mail. Really, I will. I'll even transliterate it into Old Persian cuneiform.
The oldest written messages from humans are utterly banal: receipts, accounts, nagging and beefs. I loved reading some translations of ancient cuneiform tablets and I thought: this is just like Twitter.
The project got a good bump of press when it launched - dozens of articles, The New York Times, a public radio interview in Canada, and a million tweets.
Erika does an ongoing series of geometric watercolors. They are all locked secretly in her sketchbooks.
Matt designs and publishes really nice copies of semi-obscure books.
As an outgrowth of my involvement with the Charles Williams Society, Matt got funding to design and print collector's hardback editions of Williams novels. They're really great, despite their esoteric reputation.
And now we're officially a publisher: three (in a planned series of seven) are in print now, and the fourth is on the way.
One day in 2008 we got carried away with googly eyes. This still makes me laugh.
Novel Novels are blank sketchbooks and journals, made from discarded library books. We made these together from 2002-2010, each one by hand and sold individually.
Each is one-of-a-kind, completely unique. We take discarded library books (most of them kids books), and carefully remove the pages. Then we lovingly hand-stitch new paper into the binding. We use bright white high-quality paper and archival quality bookbinders glue. We usually include a few choice illustrations, scattered throughout the blank book. And we ALWAYS include the card catalog pocket, if available.
These were a really fun project - sourcing interesting-looking hardback library books that were ready for a new life
Erika is planning to start a Museum of Found Objects. Polaroids, hubcaps, and whole galleries devoted to those lone shoes you see on the side of the highway. We're starting with coins.
This year we sat down and totalled all 14 jars of found money. I made a spreadsheet, of course.