Creativity inspires us and our home in the Pacific NW is our muse. Our latest UNLESS x PDX collaborations celebrate the self-expression, diversity and creativity that helps to shape the city of Portland.
We have invited each of our three collaborators to express themselves on our 100% plastic-free products. Each one has created their own unique images and messages that reflect who they are, what they feel and how they see the world around them.
Join us in shining the light on Nia Musiba, Christine Miller and Taylor Norbury.
"These photos are an experimentation visual inspired by process art. Continuing the use of Watermelon imagery - I used watermelons as a symbol of truly learning your history and owning your narrative. First presented as 31 Watercolor paintings in a show at Portland Art Museum - these pictures of Watermelons were actually a piece I bit, photographed and kept during an artist in residency in May. Paired with flowers - the flower photographs were taken on walks around the neighborhood and a reminder to be present - it’s a form of self care. Watermelons with flowers pays homage to any black person plagued not just the Watermelon stereotype but any false narrative for that matter - with hopes of starting conversations to question ingrained stories in everyday society."
“This collection celebrates daydreaming, community, growth and communication. It is inspired by my parents, by the connections I’ve made and growing I’ve done despite the pandemic, and by my hopes and dreams for a more luscious future where I can be in community with all of my loved ones from the past, present and future. Much like all of my work, at its core, the collection aims to display and celebrate Black bodies.”
“I got a lot of inspiration from the cartoon relationship trope of the perfect arch nemesis and wanted to recreate my own characters in those roles. Additionally, creating a conversation between giving and taking when it comes to resource consumption. In the illustration, the eye is traded for a flower which is a signal, a “give and take” scenario of balance that I feel the current consumer market is far away from practicing. I also incorporated subtle details of what I think about in relation to Portland, Oregon.”