Mother-Daughter Company Chit Chat Art Creates Inspirational Women’s History Month Tote Bag | Lifestyles

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Betty Notter and Valerie Lopez want to spark conversation.

The mother-daughter duo are the face of Chit Chat Art, a business venture they started during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is known for its tote bags displaying artwork designed by Notter. The tote bags depict designs influenced by the duo’s travels, famous Oklahoma artists, superheroes and even zodiac signs and are inspired by conversations – “chatters” – the two have together about current events and their life experiences.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the two have created a special “Grl Pwr” tote bag, meant to celebrate strong women throughout history, mocking archaic societal constructs and norms. of beauty, and ultimately to facilitate discussion about what it means to be a woman today.

“We just started thinking about all the women in history who have made such a difference in our lives, how far we’ve come and how far we need to go,” Notter said. “The bag really grew out of our conversations about girl power – that’s what it’s all about.”

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Notter and Lopez have maintained a close relationship over the years and make it a point to meet weekly to discuss news, personal life updates and more.

Notter – a lifelong artist and creative – easily turns ideas brought up in their weekly conversations into works of art, using acrylic paint to create bold patterns in bright colors often accompanied by text.

“It’s hard to define my artistic style – I’ve always been interested in abstract expressionism, but I like to be grounded in reality,” Notter said. “I can’t create something that satisfies me that doesn’t have space in reality, so my art is a combination of both abstract expressionism and today’s world.”

The two had a successful business in the past, but after selling that business, Notter and Lopez decided they weren’t quite ready to give up on their partnership for good. For Chit Chat Art, Notter said she handled the artistic side, while Lopez ran the business and handled the logistics.

“When the pandemic hit, I think we really missed working together,” Lopez said.

“I think we really appreciate it,” Notter said. “We always said that when we were no longer having fun with the company, we would quit. But we still have fun and enjoy challenges too.

As the business grew, so did the duo’s creative vision. Soon, Chit Chat Art’s collection will expand to include note cards, zipper pouches and eventually pillows and blankets, Lopez said.

The new Grl Pwr tote bag is meant to empower whoever wears it while educating passersby about powerful women throughout history. Notter included everyone from Malala Yousafzai and Billie Holiday to Cleopatra, Joan of Arc and even Amanirenas, the one-eyed queen of Kush. Inspirational quotes such as “Pretty isn’t the rent you pay to exist in the world as a woman” are drawn in bold, battling antiquated patriarchal ideology.

“My mom is very knowledgeable about influential women throughout history,” Lopez said. “If you look at the bags, there’s so much information and even fun facts – it’s like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know that.'”

In addition to creating the tote bags to commemorate Women’s History Month, it was important to Notter and Lopez to support other local women-owned businesses such as Ida Red, Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66, Big Dipper Creamery and Eleanor’s Bookshop, as well as social media influencers.

Notter and Lopez provided tote bags for businesses and influencers to hold social media giveaways – asking participants to follow them and tag a woman who inspires them in the comments to enter the contest. The response has been incredible, Lopez said.

It’s not too late to participate in social media giveaways, Lopez said. Those interested can find more information about the contests on Instagram by following @chitchatartco.

To shop the tote bags and learn more about Notter and Lopez, visit chitchatart.com.

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