We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeffly Molina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeffly, how do you think about risk?
When my husband Bradley Stumpf and I first decided to start our own company we did not categorized risk as risk. Our first year was packed with inspired actions and decisions that were carried out with a combination of naivety and hope. Not having much capital made so that our biggest investments dealt in time, creativity, and our own artworks which we traded for numerous services, like website design, marketing, etc. In my case, trading artworks for services and labor, as opposed to money, was particularly meaningful because it is through the sale of my artworks that I support myself financially. Now, I was using my artworks as capital to build a business that would not be remunerative for many months, or even years to come. It has been two years since we made the decision to start a business and I can see that the many risks we’ve taken were coated, or camouflaged by our passion and ability to daydream. I understand that if this had not been the case, if we had not been in many ways beguiled by our own dreams and aspirations, we would not have started this beautiful project.
The kind of fear that is acknowledged when one assumes that a risk is being taken did not bite until a year into this project. But then, someone amazing joined our team! Her name is Taylor Hansen Hughes. Taylor is a curator, art adviser, and wardrobe stylist extrordinaire. Together we’ve begun to get used to risk, and to act upon it because it is part of growing. We understand that risk, like in the making of an artwork, can set into motion anything that’s unique, original, and wonderful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Chicago based emerging artist from Tachira Venezuela. I have worked multiple jobs since age 9. This has gifted me numerous skills as a cook, waitress, sales rep, wood and metal shops assistant, manager, teacher, curator, and always an artist. What keeps me busy professionaly is the love for what I do, and the discipline I have aquired. Creativity and passion are intrinsic to my experience of labor. I am also fortunate to be surrounded by people that believe in me, and that many a times, play an active role in materializing my dreams and aspirations. Bird & Tale does this for other makers (artists, designers, and artisans), we play an active role in materializing their dreams and aspirations.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a fan of this city. I love Chicago completely with its very long winters and all.
I take my family and friends who come visit, to see my favorite neighborhoods, to their vintage and boutique shops. These include Andersonville, Lincoln Square, Bucktown, and Evanston. The latter is just outside of Chicago, and is its own little city. The museum of course, the Art Institute of Chicago is mesmerizing, and I usually point to the school buildings where my husband and I met as students. Downtown Chicago is beautiful and compact so one can walk and walk and never be bored with its diverse and robust architecture. I particularly love the older buildings like Monadnock, the Rockery, and the Atwood building. I also love the The Carbide & Carbon Building that looks like a bottle of champagne built in 1929 just in the midst of the prohibition period.
For restaurants, I go to Gather and Blowfish. For breweries, Empirical. For bars or taverns, I go to pleasant House, Schubas, or Duseks. For coffee, Metric, or Sawada.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Carol and Larry Levy for their mentorship, support, and friendship. To my husband and cofounder Brad who believes we can do anything and do it well.
1- Bird & Tale Logo 2- Red Lips by Michael Evert 3- Hourglass by Bianca Abdi-Boragi 4- Platter & Bowl Set by Liadain Warwick 5- Swan Matchstick Set by Lesley Jackson 6- Meta Party Dress by Veronica Sheaffer 7- Oversize Pullover Jacket by Ajovang 8- Fragments of an Imaginary Home by Jeffly Gabriela Molina All of these items are available for purchase at www.birdandtale.com and can be viewed in person in our showroom in Chicago.