Gift pick No. 36: Kim Baise’s charming papier-mache mobiles

Working under the name Jikits, Los Angeles artist Kim Baise creates mobiles, including these mini succulent designs.
(Kim Baise)

Los Angeles illustrator Kim Baise, who works under the name Jikits, said she created playful papier-mâché mobiles “to represent the side of me that enjoys being trapped in my own inner world.”

Her work is reminiscent of Mexican folk art. The eloquent objects are made from newspaper, flour, hemp twine and water-based soy paints.

Her most popular mobiles at the Silver Lake shop ReForm School (where we spotted them) are her single-strand mobiles made with five potted succulents. “I think people like them because they don’t need water,” Baise said. 

ReForm School also sells a mini-ice cream mobile for kids or adults with orange cream popsicle (with a bite taken out), strawberry vanilla swirl, double scoop vanilla with sprinkles, green tea on a sugar cone, caramel sundae with a cherry on top and one scoop of electric rose hip. 


The single-strand mobiles begin at $49. ReForm School also sells Baise’s Home on the Range mobile featuring a teepee, buffalo, yellow guitar, a snakeskin boot and a feather hat for $90. This is a custom item and can be ordered from Baise on her Etsy shop.


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