About

Mirabilis Arts Cooperative is a regenerative design studio owned and operated by J. Nova Gump (she/they) in Bellingham, Washington. Nova crafts sustainable products for artists, educators, and eco-conscious consumers and teaches courses on sustainability, art-making, and ecosomatics.

Our mission is to make the world more wonderful. We accomplish this by providing people of all ages and abilities with hands-on opportunities to experience the transformative and healing potentials of sustainable design, art-making, and ecosomatic practice.

Our Plan: In the next 3-5 years, Mirabilis Arts Cooperative aspires to grow into a community-centered, employee-owned regenerative design studio. Our vision is to offer dignified employment and job training opportunities to disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals within a therapeutic and trauma-informed environment. Collaborating with team members and partners, we will design and manufacture cutting-edge, sustainable artisan products, disrupting the market for cheap and unsustainable products that are contributing to our climate crisis. Materials will be sourced in a closed-loop, zero-waste manner, utilizing overlooked resources like invasive plant materials, dead stock, and green waste.

Meet Nova…

black and white picture of J. Nova Gump smiling. They have long straight hair just past the shoulders with blunt fringe/bangs and are wearing clear, round, plastic glasses and a dark velvet top.

Hi, My name is Nova! I am a disabled, neurodivergent, multi-passionate artist with a deep reverence for the natural world. Over the years I have worn many hats, from nanny and doula to bodyworker and somatic coach. Now, I am boldly “following my bliss” by blending my passions for hands-on creative work, sustainability, somatic practices, community-building, and education. 

I started Mirabilis Arts Cooperative because I very selfishly want to create a sustainable way for me to make a living doing something that I love. I also started it because I altruistically want to help others do the same. I also want to make the world a lot less scary and hard and damaging and a lot more wonderful – for everyone. I believe that crafting a more sustainable world while creating economic opportunities for disadvantaged folks (like myself) is an incredible way to accomplish all of these goals. 

In addition to the above, I enjoy spending time in nature, connecting with non-human kin, listening to audiobooks, watching too much TV, and hanging out with my two amazing kids, ages 4 and 11.