Introducing Beam Paints! (Toward a Decolonized Art World)

What do we carry with us into our creative practice? Who gave it to us? Does it serve us or does it hold us back?

 Decolonization is a buzzword these days, and it is an important thing to talk about. What parts of your world require decolonization?

I think a lot about a decolonized art world: how to do it, what it looks like. For me, it means paying close attention to whose voices I hear, and, as an artist and business owner, whose voices I uplift, amplify.

Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Beam Paints. A one-woman operation based on Manitoulin Island, this company produces incredible watercolor paints. In her own words:

Thank you for supporting indigenous female business! The paints you have just purchased are made with local Manitoulin honey, wildcrafted tree sap, hand-gathered, washed and sifted stone, and the finest lightfast pigments. We are a plastic-free company, and we make all our packaging, either hand-cut and sanded reclaimed white cedar and birch or wrappers hand-printed in-shop with plant-based inks, and waxed with local beeswax.

(Editorial note: The packaging is super adorable.)

Beam Paints is a voice that needs to be lifted up. Not only is the process fascinating, the product is excellent and unconventional. I believe that working with unconventional materials and technique helps to shake us out of the status quo. It pushes us. It makes us reconsider the how and why of what we do. In small, incremental ways, it helps us to decolonize our own minds.

Stop into the shop to learn more about Beam Paints and other unconventional ways to approach your creative practice!

Beam Paints paintstones in waxed canvas string palette

Beam Paints paintstones in waxed canvas string palette

Beam Paints individual paintstones in waxed canvas wrappers

Beam Paints individual paintstones in waxed canvas wrappers