Funday Letter #1 Katie Kimmel

 
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Eyebombing tonight? Count me in! I am a true lover of inanimate objects with faces, including the art of Katie Kimmel. I bought a vase from her and keep it next to my bed filled with stargazer lilies. The dog's face is frozen in perpetual merriment, which I find very soothing a stressful day. Nothing matters! Everything matters! 

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Here's a quick taste of Katie's work that I savagely pulled from Instagram and her website, where you can buy a pink Appetizer Sampler tee or Shrip Socktails. Click around and feast your eyeballs.

If you fall in love with her ceramics... TAKE A NUMBER! These puppies go quick! My adorable runt was adopted at a holiday popup. Your best bet is hopping over to West Coast Craft Fair this June where you'll be able to meet Katie and TONS of other creatives in person. Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!

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During an interview with Ochi, Katie mentioned Goodwill's online store, where I bet you can score some sick alabaster grapes. This was new information to me and I instantly fell down a rabbit hole. Thirty minutes later I was in a bidding on an old mailbox. An hour later I had followed click-bait to this Etsy account and contemplated buying a miniature pinball machine for an imaginary pet snail like @aleia's. I do try to be mindful so my home is only 15-45% "dumpy Pee Wee’s Playhouse / earthquake death trap" at any given time. 

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Walking into a LUSH store is like getting punched in the face with 100 smells. I ventured over to the mall last weekend to test out this cup o'coffee business. It's very triggering—I immediately wanted to drink iced coffee in a tub filled with soggy coffee grounds. 

Katie's interview on Hannah Comacho's Podcast provided some context to her money saving tip for moving to the desert. I always appreciate hearing more about how artists make it work behind-the-scenes. Social media often glazes over the everyday grind.

I spent Halloween week in Yucca Valley and it was pretty magical. The Coyote House was my splurge for one night of the trip and we also camped in Joshua Tree. Now I spend breezy afternoons trolling Zillow for dreamy desert flippers. Maybe one day soon! Here are a few more of my stops:

  1. International Banana Museum 
  2. Frontier Cafe
  3. Salvation Mountain
  4. East Jesus
  5. Ski Inn
  6. Bombay Beach
  7. Slab City
  8. Sam's Indian Food & Pizza
  9. Integratron
  10. Joshua Tree Coffee Company
  11. BKB Ceramics
  12. Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
  13. Cactus Mart
  14. Cadiz dunes wilderness
  15. Smiths Ranch Drive-In
  16. TBG Homegrown
  17. La Copine
  18. Pappy & Harriet's
  19. World Famous Crochet Museum
  20. Desert View Tower
  21. Sky Village Outdoor Marketplace
  22. Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge

Don't see your favorite hideout on the list? Please send me a letter and tell me what's up 🐌📬Make sure to include a return address, so I can send some love back your way.

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Here are a few things I discovered while researching Katie's work. Admittedly, I had to google dog blueberry facial, but now I can confidently say that I support a full rebranding inspired by Pony!

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Thanks for inspiring me with your Funday Letter, Katie!

 
Haley Hauck