Peace Grapes Letterpress Print
The Peace Grapes art by Designer Jesse Junko Beardslee represents the deep connection we have to our home, Mother Earth, and is a very special piece of art. It has graced many articles of ethical apparel and is now available as art through a collaboration with Liontail Press. Peace Grapes on kraft chipboard was created with an antique letterpress machine here in the Finger Lakes (can you spot your favorite Central New York lake in the roots?!)
This is what it's all about! Love of color and expression and composition has limitless possibilities. Themis and Thread designer Jesse Junko Beardslee chose to study Fashion Design as a teenager with hopes of only being a hungry artist. Anything can be art, personal style, music, food, lifestyle, lighting, event hosting, interior design, farming, architecture, service, language, dance, wine, performance, activism, you name it! After graduating from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, Florida with an Associate of Science Degree in Fashion Design and Marketing Jesse spent some very formative years in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before and after Hurricane Katrina Jesse worked service jobs, making jewelry, designing, doing alterations and painting on the side. Below are some examples of watercolor paintings from that time, prints and gifts can be purchased online at her Redbubble Shop.
music is life
Music has always played a big role in Jesse's life, beginning with her parent's love of it, listening to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" in the womb and following mom's lead, "Dance to the reggae music!" with her brother when they were toddlers. The Trumansburg, New York GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance is an annual pilgrimage, and has been for most of her life. When (and where) Jesse lived in New Orleans it seemed everyone was either a musician or an artist, but GrassRoots' culture still called. One year during the trip from Louisiana to New York Jesse met and fell in love with Brett Beardslee, a musician and poet who swept her off her feet and brought her back home to Hector, New York where they live in love together.
Brett Beardslee performs Monday Night Blues (a name adopted from Dos Jeffe's Cigar Bar in New Orleans) at Jesse's family's winery Rasta Ranch Vineyards every Monday 5-8 April-November. You can find him performing around the wineries of The Finger Lakes, almost always with his best mechanical friend, Juicy Lucy, a 1958 Volkswagen Panel Van that's been his daily driver for decades, home for years and nights, and road trip rambler across the country many times over.