Weird art and weird rocks.

Hi! We're Studio Kirkland.

We're a design and product studio that makes weird art projects and some things you can buy.

Mighty Oak

Artisinal Itch Relief

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.

Mighty Oak

Mighty Oak

Mighty Oak

Dumb Cuneiform

Clay-Tablet-as-a-Service

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.

Dead Under House

Dead Under House

Dead Under House

Shapes

Squiggly Bits

Erika does an ongoing series of geometric watercolors. They are all locked secretly in her sketchbooks.

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

Shapes

The Charles Williams Library

It's our Publishing Arm

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.

CW Library

CW Library

CW Library

CW Library

CW Library

CW Library

The GooglyEyed Project

Nine bucks at the craft store, hours of fun

One day in 2008 we got carried away with googly eyes. This still makes me laugh.

googly eyes

googly eyes

googly eyes

googly eyes

The Novel Novel

New Love for Old Books

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

The Novel Novel

The Novel Novel

The Novel Novel

The Novel Novel

The Novel Novel

The Novel Novel

Novel Novels

Novel Novels

Novel Novels

Novel Novels

Novel Novels

The Erika Kirkland Museum of Found Objects

Nine bucks at the craft store, hours of fun

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.

    There are very strict rules for ‘found’ money - it must be:
  • found outside our home
  • completely unidentified
  • kept in a unique container
  • and most importantly, we can never, ever, spend it.

This year we sat down and totalled all 14 jars of found money. I made a spreadsheet, of course.

found money

found money

found money

found money

found money

found money