The Team

Lea Redmond – Founder, Owner, Artist


Lea is always looking for the poetry hiding inside things — a salt shaker, a clothes tag, a hand gesture, a cloud. She’s made things like crazy since she was a wee-one, and founded Leafcutter and The World’s Smallest Post Service in 2008. Learn more about Lea and opportunities to collaborate with her.

In a parallel universe, Lea is having a picnic on the moon.

Faryn Akita – Coordinator of Curios


Faryn Akita is your genderfluid artist friend born and raised in the Bay Area. If she were an egg, she would be sunny side up. When she isn’t lovingly packing and shipping your tiny mail, perhaps she is sculpting tiny art objects, starting a YouTube gaming channel, or crocheting soft, goofy animal friends. Working at the WSPS feels like the closest she’s gotten to her childhood dream of living in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

In a parallel universe, she is a small, happy toad sitting in a sunbeam.


Marie Broadway – Maker Extraordinaire


Marie is an artist and writer living in Oakland. While she is not making tiny mail for the WSPS, she is getting cozy at home, having deep conversations with friends, or finding ways in which art and play can be used for deep transformational personal and political change. She can often be found on a comfy couch somewhere making art on her laptop, or outside basking in the sun/fog/moonlight. She received her BA in Creative Writing and Philosophy from Hampshire College.

In a parallel universe, she is flying around various fantasy lands from her favorite childhood adventure books, and making friends with all of the strangest magical creatures.

J Pansa – Maker Extraordinaire


J is an artist based in Oakland. They received their B.F.A. from UC Berkeley, studying sculpture and installation. J works on beading projects such as reproductions of lavender flowers made from tiny Japanese glass beads. In their free time, they like to hike on an overcast day in the Marin Headlands and Oakland Redwoods.

In a parallel universe, J is a park ranger for the California State Parks, facilitating workshops on park safety and star-gazing practices.