Ponnopozz is the studio of Chicago-based artist Adrianne Hawthorne. Adrianne comes from a graphic design background but prefers the act of making art with her own hands. She initially felt uneasy putting so much of herself out into the world, but has since felt a satisfaction that she never found in corporate America. Ponnopozz is named after two imaginary friends, Ponno and Pozzer, that the artist had as a child. The name is a daily reminder of the unbridled creativity of childhood that she continues to nurture through the act of painting and drawing.
On October 8, 2021, Adrianne expanded her storefront to a new location across the street from her old one. She wanted a permanent place to sell her work and showcase the work of others and she needed more space to make that vision a reality. Everything in the shop is from a local, independent maker or a small company. Adrianne believes in supporting other small businesses, especially those that are women-led and/or Black owned.
Additionally, Adrianne uses part of the space as an art studio.
Adrianne hopes her colorful work brings a bit of joy to the lives (and homes) of her customers.