April 13, 2014

Artist Series: The Possible

We've been busy reworking our women's button ups lately and while we await the arrival of our newest number, the Caroline in white pinpoint oxford, we decided to take a break and have some fun with some of the samples we had laying around from the design process. It was the perfect excuse to head out to the east bay and utilize what David Wilson has cooked up over at The Berkeley Art Museum with The Possible. More of an open exploration than an exhibit, Wilson has highlighted the space as a place of creative convergence by turning the museum into a group of interconnected studios: ceramics, textiles, sound, and printmaking. It's worth mentioning, for those of you who don't know, that this is the final exhibition before the museum relocates, making the point of this exploration even more poignant. The Possible runs through May 25. If you've yet to see the incredible space BAM currently calls home, you've gotta go. Also, don't miss out on lunch at their very own cafe, Babette.

So what did we do with those shirts you ask?  We sought assistance from the wonderful Lauren McIntosh, painter, third generation Californan, and co-owner of the legendary Berkeley store, Tail of the Yak.  Lauren was drawn to participate in the printmaking studio by way of a mail correspondence David Wilson and fellow artist, Alexander Kori Girard initiated.  The intent of the correspondence was just that: to cast a large net out into a sea of local artists, stir up interest, and see who might come back wanting to use The Possible as a sort of four month residency. She's been kicking out the linoleum block prints ever since... So we made the switch to fabric ink and picked out some of our favorites blocks of hers so far, et voila! A new realm was explored for Taylor Stitch's white oxfords. Thank you David for making it possible..

For another good link:

http://inthemake.com/the-possible/