Making A Statement
Art that — like NOLA — can’t be duplicated
Toni Point and Alysia Fields met while studying Architecture at Mississippi State University. It was that love of architecture and culture that brought the pair to New Orleans years later.
After graduating from MSU, Fields pursued a second degree in sociology, and then went on the earn her MBA, which she put to good use while working a corporate job at Saks Fifth Avenue. A few years in, though, Fields realized she missed being creative. In 2016, she quit her job and reunited with Point to form Statement Goods — modern and unique art and goods that make a statement.
“We’re of course inspired by the local architecture and culture, but there’s also just something in the air that’s a bit indescribable,” says Point of her adopted hometown. “There’s an energy in this city that we just can’t get enough of.”
The duo now spend their days making art, creating patterns, designing cards, and crafting jewelry. Their products, which can be found around town at Home Malone, Nola Boards, Glitter Box, and Zele, are all very southern in sentiment.
“We’re constantly taking in things from our surroundings,” Point says. “It can start with seeing an interesting color combination on a house and going into a really cool store, which sparks an idea.”
Working with a variety of mediums — printmaking, painting, and ink drawings — most of their artwork is pattern-based with a modern, minimalist aesthetic.
“We’re both huge foodies, so obviously this is what inspired our New Orleans Food Print and our Jambalaya Print,” says Fields. “We’ve also created abstract shotgun house illustrations, which are a nod to the local architecture,” Point adds.
The creation of a Louisiana State print inspired the pair to do prints for all 50 states, further expanding the reach of their homegrown products, which can now also be purchased from stores including Beacon Home in Temecula, California and Oliver & Chatfield in Cornwall, New York.
But while their range continues to grow, New Orleans will remain home for the artists, as it provides something it seems no other city is able to.
“I think that the thing that we love the most about New Orleans is that it feels completely unique and original,” says Fields. “This city can not be duplicated, which makes this the perfect place to be a creative person.”