photo taken by Wynne Neilly
Ash + Chess is a stationery company run by queer and trans couple Ashley Molesso (she/her) and Chess Needham (he/him), based out of Kingston, NY. They create greeting cards and art prints in bold, retro color palettes, often using their artwork to make political statements and to uplift the queer community.
Their company made its debut at the National Stationery Show in May 2017, and since then over 700+ retailers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia sell their art and stationery.
In the short time they've been in business, Ash + Chess have worked on many collaborations including artwork for Skittles, Nooworks, Belletrist, Plaza Style, Brooklyn Roasting Co.; Transfigure Print Co., HarperCollins, Workman Publishing, Running Press Studio, Macy's STORY and more.
They are the authors of multiple publications, including:
The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook (Morrow Gift) 2020
Queer Tarot: An Inclusive Deck and Guidebook (RP Studio) 2022
My Queer Year Guided Journal (RP Studio) 2022
ABC-Deconstructing Gender (forthcoming, RP Kids, May 2023)