Admirers of the feline form aren’t very difficult to find, but they certainly aren’t all young, talented artists like cat connoisseur Gracie Currier-Tait. While patiently awaiting the arrival of cat cafés in her city, the San Francisco-based artist specializes in edgy handmade creations including patches, stickers and prints.
Gracie’s different than our other featured locals in that she’s a smoker that’s actively working to change her ways. “I have been smoking cigarettes regularly since I was 15 years old and started because I had the idea that smoking would help me cope with the stress and anxiety I had as a young teenage girl,” she admits. “One of the reasons I want to quit are changes in my health that scare me tremendously.”
It’s solid reasoning, but what bothered her even more was how tobacco corporations operate. “I remember how surprised I was to find out it’s illegal to grow your own tobacco,” Gracie explains. “I did some research and discovered that even the brands marketed as natural or locally grown are manufactured and processed elsewhere. I felt like I was unknowingly funding this billion dollar industry that I don’t want any part of.”
Gracie appreciates that Commune is creating an alternative social scene with the integration of art. “I like that the events encourage you to break free from harmful tobacco products, but also a very misleading industry. We as humans have the capacity to think for ourselves and sometimes we just need to be reminded of that.”
Yup, this girl’s got us swooning. You can help keep her occupied by supporting her shop, The Hand and the Art, on Etsy.