Little Woman Goods
Little Woman Goods is a woman-owned and women-oriented business. This feminist gift shop sells stickers, magnets and jewellery designed by Los Angeles based artist Rosaline Zhang. The illustrations fall at the intersection of tongue-in-cheek, pretty, cute and subversive, and celebrate the diversity and beauty of womanhood. Rosaline’s artwork is an exploration of the female experience.
Rosaline graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 with a BFA in Painting. In her last year of college, she wrote her senior thesis on the desexualization of the female form. After graduating, she turned that into real merchandise, and thus Little Woman Goods was born. She considers that there is a tradition in visual arts of the nude female figure being designed for the consumption of men, which is why she started doing images that reclaimed the female figure for the “consumption” of women. She uses Little Woman Goods to normalize female bodies, ideas about feminism, body positivity, reproductive rights and women’s rights and empower girls and women to feel unashamed in those beliefs.
You can shop her products here.
Blingistan was founded by Shamayel Shalizi. Shamayel is a queer multimedia artist who grew up between the U.S.A, Russia & Afghanistan. Her Afghan parents were refugees who fled to the U.S.A after the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Starting out painting & sculpting, Shamayel has progressed to create more conceptual & diverse pieces - and founding & designing the jewellery line Blingistan. She is a nomad but will always call Kabul & Los Angeles her homes.
Her jewellery taste has, was and always will be big, gold hoops, sexy chokers and hands laden with rings. She wanted to create a line of unique jewellery, that was fun, kind of kitschy, expressed pride and respect in one’s heritage(s), whatever it may be, but also stay true to the essence of the $1 hoochie hoops she grew up wearing.
Shamayel considers that there is little jewellery for marginalized peoples and very little that is cute, affordable and won't tarnish. She never could find jewellery she could identify with, or that expressed who she was. She wanted sass, badassery, she wanted heritage, she wanted pride, she wanted chic yet fun, statement pieces and everyday jewellery, playful, sexy, conversation starters. So she just started making it. And this is how Blingistan was born.
Blingistan is jewellery that is affordable, well-made, gold-plated and can be worn by anyone and everyone. Blingistan is for the rebellious, the freaks, the descendants of immigrants, the PoC's, the politically-conscious, the ones who want to express ourselves through what we wear.
The production of Blingistan used to be in Afghanistan, but it has now moved to Los Angeles, California, because of the uncertainty that comes with running a small business out of a third world country.