Our Story - Tender Loving Empire


Tender Loving Empire is a lot of things. Mostly it’s a big idea. The idea is that art is not a competition: that a strong and deeply connected community of creative people begets an even stronger community-at-large. Our aim is and has always been to facilitate a web of visual artists, designers, musicians, craftspeople, and every creator in between—and then connect them to new friends, fans, listeners. Over the last eight years our big idea has turned into the release of 60 albums and three brick-and-mortar stores that support a community of over 300 makers.

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Maker Spotlight

Bishop Lennon earned her BFA in illustration at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland. She likes three-legged dogs and one-eyed cats. She loves mythical animals and really cute, but bad-for-you, food. She is inspired by bright colors and things that don’t go together, like rain on a sunny day. Bishop has lived many places, including foggy San Francisco, windy Chicago, and sunny Phoenix. Her favorite place of all is her current city, rainy Portland, Oregon.

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Bishop Lennon at Tender Loving Empire