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With amazingly creative magical powers & your generosity, we’ll makeover a truck into an incredibly fantastical mobile art shop!
With amazingly creative magical powers & your generosity, we have transformed our truck into an incredibly fantastical mobile art shop!
With amazingly creative magical powers & your generosity, we have transformed our truck into an incredibly fantastical mobile art shop!
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Mushpa y Mensa's Magical Motor Machine Makeover!

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We are Mushpa y Mensa. We create art, not just crafts.

Mushpa y Mensa is a small team with really big dreams. We make jewelry designed from a force beyond our own minds, magical plush-pets made out of recycled plastic bottle felt, organic cotton t-shirts with fantastical designs, and whatever else our maniacal minds come up with!

Mushpa y Mensa: a small team with big dreams
Mushpa y Mensa: a small team with big dreams

We have been traveling throughout New York City's flea markets and street fairs with our organic t-shirts, plush pets, bow-ties, pillows, earrings, screwdrivers, scissors, tape, chairs, table, tools and a fafillion more things, all stuffed in 2 suitcases and a plethora of bags! 

We have hauled it all through NYC's boroughs using the not-so-user-friendly NYC subway system and yes, it has been a great adventure to say the very least. We would like to use that energy to create and connect with people, rather than spend it dragging our magical wares around and building brute arm-strength.

We here at Mushpa y Mensa love the idea of "making everything from scratch." We continually question from what, where, and how things are made; more specifically how can we Do-It-Ourselves. We want the best for ourselves (mind/body/soul) and for our world. We keep records of our projects and ideas in our blog, La Casa de la Mushpa y la Mensa. Check it out!


We hope you see that we love what we are doing (making a living selling our art), and get inspired to take small leaps of faith in your lives as well! Remember, small moments become larger movements.

Our Project?

Mushpa y Mensa are blessed to be the proud owners of an 11 foot long step-van named Maya, a blank canvas inside and out. With your help, we will transform our beast into a beauty!

Check out Maya's interior design (artist's rendition!)
Check out Maya's interior design (artist's rendition!)

Together, we will create Mushpa y Mensa on wheels. You may ask, Why would we want to do that? So we may travel easily through the streets of our beloved New York City's boroughs and eventually the country, bringing our sustainable creations of functional art to the people of this world.

Check out Maya's interior design (artist's rendition!)
Check out Maya's interior design (artist's rendition!)

Now we need you! How can you help?

Simply by becoming a benefactor of Mushpa y Mensa's Magical Motor Machine Makeover Kickstarter Project!!!

Help us get some eco paint! How about some screws, lights or even a sheet of plywood!? Feeling generous? How about throwing down some loot for Maya's 100% eco-friendly marmoleum flooring?!?

Check out the detailed essentials list!
Check out the detailed essentials list!

Any amount you can spare to make dreams come true is appreciated. Not only will we be forever grateful, but we will send you fantabulous thank you gifts from us to you! Win/Win.

Risks and challenges

Mushpa y Mensa, acknowledge the fact that Maya is a carbon emitting combustion machine. Yes folks, this is a big challenge. We do think about our carbon footprint and will do our best to MINIMIZE IN EVERY ASPECT our effect on Mother Earth.

When we can convert this truck to an all-electric vehicle, trust us we will! Maybe next Kickstarter... :]

The fact of the matter is that this is the most affordable way to do this for us at this moment in time. In NYC, a retail space is incredibly expensive, and a huge investment in itself. For us, a truck is a creative way to overcome this obstacle in our path.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER PERKS!!!

1. We can travel and SHARE OUR ART WITH EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE.

We will never stay in one city, in one place. Going from town to town will take us on incredible adventures and all the amazing things we learn, we will then share with you in our lovely blog! Who knows what can come of our travels, but don't you think it would be cool to say you contributed in this great adventure?

2. Maya will be completely remodeled with totally ECO-CONSCIOUS MATERIALS.

On our website, you can browse through the list of eco-materials we will be using. During construction, we will support small businesses even if it cost a bit more. What goes around comes around!

3. We will also try to add the most ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT.

We are hoping to raise enough funds to install SOLAR PANEL STRIPS to power all the lights and any other energy needs Maya may have!

This is your chance to be part of the making Mushpa y Mensa's dream. We promise you won't be disappointed.


Much love,

Mushpa (Cara Elaine) y Mensa (Maria Emilia)

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    Shout out to our contributors. PLUS a personalized Mushpa y Mensa amazingly creative thank you E-card!

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    All of the above plus:

    MAYA's MAKEOVER MAGAZINE, which includes: our truck's full makeover archive with before & after pictures of the remodeling----How-to-Everyday Eco-tips---Delicious food recipes---PLUS, Mushpa y Mensa’s Greatest Hits from our blog, "La Casa", in fantastical PDF printable format.

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    Mushpa y Mensa's "Super Surprise Gift Bag #2!”, which includes a phenomenal handmade craft made by us, Mushpa y Mensa, this time in a tantalizing handmade Tote Bag! Cool! Right?

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    Mushpa y Mensa's "Super Surprise Gift Bag #3!”, which contains an Original 100% Organic Cotton Mushpa y Mensa T-Shirt in a Tantalizing Handmade Tote Bag!

    ALSO INCLUDED: Special Shout-Out on mushpamensa.com’s Kickstarter Shout-Out page. It's special because we will post a link on our website to your business or favorite site in the world, a cause, news, projects, something cool and interesting!

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    Mushpa y Mensa's "Super Duper Surprise Gift Bag #4!”, which includes an Original 100% Organic Cotton Mushpa y Mensa T-Shirt and a Coffee Cozy or Plush Pet, your choice.

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    SEWING 101 class with Mushpa y Mensa!!! That’s right, the privilege of learning from the artists themselves! :] Learn how to make your own pillowcase or napkins, coffee cozy, tablet case, you choose. All things will be created using refurbished materials that we supply. The class will be in our Brooklyn studio. If you can’t make it to the studio we will create a personalized Sewing 101 video for your private use!

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    We will custom make YOUR MAGICAL AND MANIACAL IDEA!
    Any sew-able, knit, or crafty item that you request within our magical capabilities will be done! Examples are a custom napkin set, a beautiful tie, a reversible bow-tie, cute plush pet, or a fabulous comfy knit scarf (excludes t-shirt printing).

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    We will virtually sit down with you to collaborate and DESIGN A SHIRT inspired by YOUR Magical and Maniacal idea! You will then receive said shirt, plus 3 others of the same shirt, to share with your family and friends!

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