“and here lies the heart of the difference between grief as we imagine it and grief as it is…”
Illustration by jssylk

Cool Customer is an independent publication founded by Jessy Kitchen and Kenley Blackwood. Inspired by the historical lack of space for shared grieving, and a need for conversation surrounding grief, loss, and trauma in our community, we created this publication to offer a platform for people to conceptualize and reflect on any form of grief within their work.

Our name was taken from Joan Didion’s book, The Year of Magical Thinking. It calls to the ways in which we distance ourselves from grief, as well as our multifaceted and ever-changing internal experiences of grief.In many ways, we are influenced by Didion’s honest and unaffected voice when thinking about these concepts.

Our publication is handmade and published in Toronto. 

Volume I launched in December 2018 at Crutch Contemporary Art Centre.

Volume II launches November 2019
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