Thursday, June 04, 2009

T H A N K Y O U !


I'd like to tell you about this past weekend, May 30+ 31. I produced Swap-O-Rama-Rama at Maker Faire for the first time.

It was an amazing couple of days, and my greatest thanks goes out to all the artists and designers involved who came and volunteered their time and collectively made one of the best fashion shows we've ever had at Maker Faire!

The fashion show artists included:
a team of young designers from The Camp Couture, curated by Alexandria von Bromssen ,
miss velvet cream [with the darling models Sharona, Marianne, Layla, Maggie and Maria, Thank you!],
Tamo Design,
Seapony ,
Mock Made ,
Homey Grown, with Tiffany Chenoweth and Raquel Yasenchok,
Kittinhawk by Allysun Dutra,
Upcycling by Lucid Dawn,
and the collaborative presentation "A Follied Matrimonium" from the Oaktown crews;
Field Day Wearables,
Turnikat [ facebook: T.S. ILoveYou], &
La Sirena Sardine [ facebook: T.S. ILoveYou]!

All of the show designers also volunteered their time at Swap-O-Rama-Rama, literally "sewing for the people", working one-on-one and sharking their skills and talents for hours in the midst of hundreds of excited and loud individuals, ready to make their own personal vision for a piece of clothing, new from old, made into reality! The Swap-O-Rama-Rama crew were joined by these amazing artists;
Briget of Ghetto Goldilocks ,
Kayo &
Lara Grant

And the Swap wouldn't be complete without the live silk-screening team, Patchwerk Press , this year headed by Lukas Smithey. Thank you, each and everyone for your hours of dedicated and focused time dealing one-on-one with hundreds and hundreds of people every day.

Above all, my gratitude and thanks go to Opal Essence, who assisted me throughout the entire project. I would not have been able to do it without her ever-present hands, open heart and level head, keeping the cracks together.

I would also like to thank Kelli Peach for her production skills and the amazing volunteers she brought to the project as well; Michelle Sylvester, Ashlee Jennings and Rachel Grivas. Many thanks also to the AMMO team for their video documentation, and to photographers Stephanie Edmark, Del Geronimo and Angela Scrivani for their dedicated eye catching all the magical moments.

A special thank you for the volunteers who were the magical stitches: Karen Long, Maria Acosta, Alison, and all the Volunteers who came to work on the project from the Maker Faire hub.

Above all, I want to thank the fantastic crew I worked with from Maker Faire: Sherry, Louise, Tish!, Brigitte K, Bridgette V, Katie D, Kate R., Val, Dale, Sonia, Goli! [Thank you!], John the Electrician, Jonathan and Thank You Wendy Tremayne, who started the whole project!

Here's some pics!

AND A VIDEO of miss velvet cream remake presentation!

And the GREAT PHOTO! of the stockings above, from the Swap, is by Opal Essence....!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

JUNE 4 Opening + Trunk Show at Swankety Swank

A Gallery Boutique specializing in furniture, art, gifts, clothing, accessories, and home decor. We feature green products, local artisans, and one of a kind items.

Miss Velvet Cream & E-star Trunk Sale Art Show
As part of the Divisidero Art Walk, Swankety Swank is delighted to present an unique opportunity to meet two talented sisters, Miss Velvet Cream designer, Scatha G. Allison and Esther Allison-Kearns of E-star in a collaboration of Art and Fashion.

Join us on Thursday, June 4, 2009: 7 to 10pm

WHERE: 289 Divisadero St. (between Page + Haight, diagonal to MADUSALON)
NEW PHONE: 415 932 6615
Open Hours are Tues: 3pm-7pm, Wed & Thurs: 12pm- 6pm
Friday - Sunday: 12pm-7pm, Closed Monday

And the Opening Reception for the Artists:
Ara James
Anne Dal Pozzo
Bleu Loo
Scatha G. Allison

Presenting: Mixed Medium Paper and Fabric Art Dresses
Scatha G. Allison, the designer for "miss velvet cream" clothing and the author of Jean Therapy, will be presenting a series of paper dresses. These dresses are not made to be worn, but almost the memories of dresses, like love letters from one story to another, are for rooms and spaces that have a whispered story and now find their form. Like space dressed in poems......