On Being STILL


W+D_February22-13One of the best things of having a public forum, and a captive audience (thank you, dear reader!) is that I have the opportunity to share something or someone that might be completely new to you.

Someone you might already be familiar with (if not, get over to her site right now!) is Mary Jo Hoffman, the St. Paul-based artist behind STILL. STILL is a blog post featuring one image daily, of gathered natural objects found near Mary Jo. People do this all the time Kate, it’s called Instagram. Sure, but nothing like this. Mary Jo has been filling STILL with a single, masterfully composed, beautifully shot image every day since January 1, 2012. I’m a pretty regular IG-er, and I don’t have this much discipline.


Discipline aside, what I really admire about her blog, is the philosophy behind it: Still blog is a place to stop. A place to look at one thing at a time. A place to be still.

Mary Jo has been featured in Martha Stewart, design*sponge and most recently, been involved in two significant product launches. On February 18th, Target Online rolled out a new line of soft goods featuring STILL blog images. And on February 16th, West Elm launched a collection of acrylic wall hangings, featuring STILL images. GO MARY JO!


I’m so very excited for this amazing opportunity for Mary Jo and I wish her all the best!

Editor’s Note: typically this is the place where I inform you that I recieved product in exchange for a post. Not the case this time. Just wanted to share with you that I’ve known Mary Jo for about a year now, through the art community here in the Twin Cities. I also had the pleasure of having her daughter, Eva Hoffman, work with the team at Wit & Delight last summer. Hi, Eva!

Images: 2nd Truth

BY Kate Arends - February 25, 2016

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February 25, 2016 10:42 am

Dearest Kate! Where to begin? Thank you for your outsized contribution to our family’s happiness and well being. Not only guiding our daughter through her first work experience–and possibly changing the trajectory of her life in the direction of art and design–but now this extraordinarily elegant and beautiful post. All I can say is thank you for being in the Twin Cities, and for being you.

February 25, 2016 12:20 pm

Truly, such artful work!

February 25, 2016 2:38 pm

One of my biggest goals this year is to be still and do one thing at a time. Whilst I’m still failing to do so, the mere recognition of the benefits of being still and taking a moment for myself has been helping me to be less anxious in general. Thanks for sharing this wonderful initiative.

February 25, 2016 4:33 pm

Mary Jo, you have made some truly breath taking work! Just, wow!
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February 26, 2016 12:01 am

[…] blog appearances on some pages (star tribune), and in some blogs (french by design, SfGirlByBay, wit & delight), that i have only previously admired from afar, i have to say, i received some attention from a […]

March 1, 2016 9:35 pm

I love this so much!

October 3, 2016 10:41 am

AMAZING! Thank you so very much for sharing this. I am literally awestruck

Rebecca Schneider
October 28, 2016 3:53 pm

Does anyone know where I can get gold glass frames like those pictured? I have been on the hunt forever and I am struggling to find that type.

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