Shop Sensual is a projective feminist pop-up that draws on all the senses to centralize pleasure and intimacy as a life-affirming act of creative resistance.
Through a curated selection of art, objects and personal items Shop Sensual provides the tools, toys and wares for a pleasurable future for all.
Created by Chelsea Ross, Kristen Kaza and Leah Ball (no longer involved), Shop Sensual began as a weekend-long event in Chicago featuring a market, exhibition and multi-disciplinary community programming. Our participants are proudly women, femme-, and queer-identified independent makers, artists, and entrepreneurs.
Branding Design and Visuals by Leah Ball + Chelsea Ross
Event photos by MB Stanton
CO-HOSTED AT REUNION | 2557 W North Ave.
Photographer behind the "Feminist as Fuck" jewelry and portrait campaign. Chelsea Ross is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and curator, born and bred in Chicago. With a focus on fine art portraiture and editorial work, her photography has been exhibited in Chicago and published in the Chicago Reader, the Washington Post, New York Times, In These Times and Fresh Meat Journal. She holds an MA in Design Criticism from the University of Illinois at Chicago and writes regularly about architecture and design for several publications including Architect's Newspaper.
Kristen Kaza is the Principal of cultural production company No Small Plans Productions, partying with a purpose since 2012 creating community centric programming with partners like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pitchfork, EXPO Chicago, United States Artists, Chicago Community Trust & more. Kristen is also the Co-Founder, Host and Producer of Slo 'Mo Party, celebrating the LGBTQ community and slow jams for five years and winner of numerous Best of Chicago awards. Kristen operates the femme-centric Humboldt Park coworking studio REUNION, home of Shop Sensual and numerous community minded events and engagements.
Leah Ball has since moved on from the project is no longer involved. Her work continues to explore the themes of the complex and politically charged intersections of sexuality, sensuality, feminism and femininity through the mediums of design, illustration, poetry, ceramics and metal. You can find her online or locally in Chicago.
Friday evening from 6-10 join us for a Shop Sensual Market featuring local artists and performances by Darling Shear + Kiara Lanier and jams by Slo 'Mo Party.
UNLOCKING THE EROTIC MIND | Rena McDaniel
Are you feeling stuck or out of touch with your erotic self? Every person has erotic potential that many people are not accessing. They are many valid reasons for this: Cultural messages, messages from our family/peers growing up, sexual shame, trauma, disembodiment related to gender dysphoria, intersectional identities, etc. I believe that by empowering folks to explore their erotic minds, they will be able to access new avenues for pleasure. This workshop is designed to be inclusive of all sexual and gender identities, relationship structures, and current relationship statuses. Bring just yourself, friends, partners, and/or lovers. All are welcome. Come Curious. 18+.
December 17th | 6-8 pm | $15 per person
Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash
Be like Aaliyah and "release some tension" during the holiday season. This especially sensual Slow Jams Yoga workshop is lead by Lauren Ash, Co-Founder of Black Girl in Om and Party Noire. These classes fill very fast; advance tickets are highly recommended.
December 18th | 11 am-1pm | $15 per person
Erotic Art Making with Leah Ball + Tine DeFiore
Join artist Leah Ball in creating prints of your choice from a plethora of feminist porn, and art making techniques. While we work there will be a screening of some visual and auditory candy on the projector. Feel free to lay back and doodle while you watch or create your very own erotic dream of a print to hang over your bed. All levels welcome.
December 18th | 6-9 pm | $15 per person