I am an artist, mapmaker, designer, songwriter and musician.
In early 2022 I began producing merchandise to raise money for specific causes that I felt both vehement about and helpless toward. This shop exists primarily to shift that merch, raise money and make an actual difference. This business, such as it is, is a one-man cottage industry operated out of a tiny studio space in the back of my house.
Born in California in 1973, I have lived in New York, London, Berlin, San Francisco and rural Michigan, performed in venues of every size and description, exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Europe, run club nights, hosted radio shows, produced large scale public artworks, and published books, pamphlets and recordings in all manner of media. I run a tiny record label called Figs of London, and have released records both solo (as MOLE) and with my old bands Marseille Figs and The Jupiter Band.
I attended Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research (both in New York), before receiving a BA from Central St Martins College of Art & Design and an MA from the Slade School of Art, both in London. Much of my artwork involves long, solitary periods of time spent mapping cities, islands and remote areas of countryside on foot or by car, resulting in extremely detailed and highly subjective memory maps produced in pen and ink. A lot of my work is documented at www.jmaizlish.com.
I have two passports, three or four names, 10–14 units of alcohol per week, an awful lot of records, a pride flag, a closet full of merch, a fiancée, two soon-to-be stepsons, a rescue axolotl named Princess Bubblegum and a fox terrier named Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I enjoy getting lost, embarking on arguably unnecessary journeys, standing on principle, smashing the patriarchy and taunting nazis. I've been involved in progressive politics since my teens. I am literally a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and a staunch, lifelong anti-fascist, but I just never imagined it would come to this.J Maizlish Mole (He/Him)