The skins are in and the making has commenced. I feel the same way about working with leather as I do with eating eggs. Basically I just really have to be in the mood. Sometimes eggs make me wanna puke but other times (like now) I'm lovin them so much that I'm making hardboiled eggs and eating them later. Anyhoot, I've started to cut up and reconstruct the skins for the fall/winter Junkprints stuff here's a peak at what i'm working with.

Grace and Skin Bag available on Amelia Skin Jacket, Strap up Belt, Chained Up Necklace and Hooded Vest will be available in August.
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Slowly but surely this new space is coming along. Today I have a meeting with Hillary of Liv-Chic. She's going to help me get the front room in shape (that is currently being used as the wood shop).   I'm finding that in spacial design my proportions are all off and the stuff I'm making for the space is either too big or too small...perfect for wonderland but strange in the Junkyard.  Good thing for experts like Hilary. Here's what I'm working with as far as concepts and inspiration The work space is pretty done and the kitchen is almost there.
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Working with dead things: the beginning of junkprints fall/winter selection. Yes I will be one of those vegetarians that works with leather. here are the rules: no new leather will be purchased only deadstock and repurposed skins. I just feel that if I could make a belt/ bag from sheep skin, I could most certainly make a belt/bag from human skin (disturbing, huh?) so I’ve drawn a wavering line to maintain my perception of moral standards.
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We over in Junkprints/Tough Dumplin land have teamed up w/ the fine folks of Earl Greyhound, The Faculty (Jared Pauley, Lee Turley and Raydar Ellis), GR Records, and a slew of other musicians including Dana Athens to bring you an incredible collection of music.  This collection will be packaged released w/ Junkprints merch!!! We are still getting our ish together for the launch, but in the mean of the featured artists Raydar Ellis is performing a few of the songs from the release at the Blue Note tomorrow night! This will be a special evening as Raydar will be celebrating several events including the collaborative project with fashion line Junkprints and his production team The Faculty Enterprise, his own solo EP and his birthday. Performing along with his own band they will present material from both of his recent releases as well as classic selections from both his own career and his musical heritage. Special guest artists will be invited to perform and help celebrate the artist and educator innovating a generation through the music of Raydar Ellis. DATE: SAT. JUNE 5TH 2010 WHERE: BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB 131 W, 3rd St NY NY TIME: 12AM-2AM COVER: $10
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Styling and Profiling with Junkprints: Summer 2010

For a moment just forget the fact that it is the beginning of hurricane season and remember that summer has unofficially begun (Summer Solstice is on June 21, 2010). Why not slatter on some sunblick, showoff those gams, and celebrate summer with Junkprints. *Shameless Plug Coming............................................................................... ..............................................................* Below are a few hot items to make you look cool in the summer:
We all know you had second and third servings of the mac and cheese on Memorial Day. You worked hard for that donk, so why not show it off in what are soon to be your "Fave Shorts". The are made with seersucker fabric, trimmed in a custom junkprints pok-a-dot fabric with bright pink thread.
Sorry, Justin but we brought sexy back with these authentic vintage Cazel Collection shades. Coming straight from a closed factory in Germany these sunnies have not been in production in over twenty years and are in great condition. There is only one is stock. Can you say stunner?
Matilda is the greatest friend you will ever have. She compliments your style and deals with all your heavy baggage. This 100% cotton canvas tote bag has plenty of room to carry everything you need when you are on the go.
Reminisce on the days when even guys wore short shorts with this tank inspired by old track jerseys. Even if you were always the last kid to get picked for dodgeball at least your grown now and can look the part of a real athlete at your school reunion. Atheletic ability not included.
No outfit is complete without a fly pair of shoes. We've teamed up with Keds and ArtsProjekt to create these Royal Hi-tops for you. Sorry fellas, but these sneaks are only available in women's sizes. Then again, what you do on your own time is none of our business. Werq!
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Props Rock: Willi Smith

I come from a frugal, not cheap family. Trust me, there is a difference. My mother and I enjoy going to off-price stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx in order to find what we call "hidden treasures". Out of all of my various trips to off-price stores along the east coast there is one trip that I distinctly remember. My mother and I went to a TJ Maxx store in Maryland when I was in middle school. I remember looking around in the women's wear section and noticing some clothing by a designer named Willi Smith. The first thing I thought was, "Since when did Will Smith have a clothing line?" Then I thought that they had spelled his name wrong. Later that night, I looked the name "Willi Smith" up online and learned that before the "Fresh Prince" inspired people worldwide to get "Jiggy Wit It" there was another man who showed us how to dress in Big Willie Style. Philadelphia born fashion designer Willi Smith, who is unrelated to the "Fresh Prince", has been referred to as "the most successful black designer in fashion history." When it came to his work as a designer Smith preferred to be known more for his raw talent than his skin color. Although he would admit that his skin color gave him few advantages, he would often be annoyed by the attention given to him based on it. Willi Smith was known for his use of brightly colored fabrics that were comfortable, loose-fitting, and moderately priced. In 1976 he co-founded his company "Williwear" with Laurie Mallet. Although his clientele include the wealthy by the early 1980s, Williwear had grown to become a popular clothing line in youth culture and was referred to as "street couture". Willi Smith died unexpectedly in 1987 at the age of 39 after contracting shigella and pneumonia while on a trip to India. His death was determined as a result of AIDS. Willi Smith once said, "Models pose in clothes. People live in them." According to Richard Martin, there were "countless fans of his sportswear style who may never have known-or care- whether he was Black, White or any other color". The style Willi Smith was accurately summarized in his obituary in the Village Voice which said that his clothing expressed, "the designer's democratic urge: to clothe people as simply, beautifully and inexpensively as possible". Now when I go to TJ Maxx I am proud that I know about the designer, not the rapper,  Willi Smith. Flashback: Black Style: Willi Smith
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Come join Younity and friends for some hip-hop style community building. Fostering local economies for urban artrepreneurs with a conscious mindset, it’s time for Younity’s 2nd annual Urban Arts Markit! One-of-a-Kind -Limited Editions – Hand Crafted – Flavor Curated by the infamous Toofly, and homegirl Yvey Hidalgo this open air markit pays homage to market life around the globe as a staple of community life and celebration where makers, fans, and collectors come to shop and mingle – 2010 style. Featuring live DJ sets, live painting, break dancers, vendors, Hondurian Valiadas, Empanadas, & American hot dogs, in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side Junkprints will we’ll be in the fantastic company of some of NYC’s finest! Don’t miss this one day event. 12-6p 213 Stanton St. F train to Delancy.
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MOVING on up!!!

Those who follow on twitter already know but for  ya'll who don't tweet, It's official! The Junkprints Head Quarters is relocating to the Brooklyn Navy Yard/Clinton Hill region of Brooklyn. And boy am I excited! 800sft of Junk! We have alot of work to do to get it all up and running. Including putting up a few walls, painting, cleaning, moving etc. But once it's's party time 😉 It's alot more accessible then my Red Hook Location and once we get all settled in customers will be able to pick up orders and we'll be hosting loads of events and open studios. But for now, we have work to do! 05/10/10 Brief update The wall are almost up so that means tomorrow I get to paint the kitchen, floors and scrub the bathroom that the last tenant used as peeing target practice, but hey I ain't complaining cuz once it's all done the jaws will drop and the drool will roll (but not on the newly painted floors)

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Etsy HQ Wall of Records

Yesterday we (me and Mr. Tough Dumplin) completed the installation of the Etsy HQ wall of records! Rockin it it rockin it yes we are rockin it. Now I can truly say I have incorporated a Milli Vanilli image into a professional project I’ve worked on. Girl you know it’s true!

plan your work, work your plan.

'Stay Handmade' created from laser cut backs of album covers filled with 12" vinly. Etsy letters cut from 12" LPs over orange arcylic circles on square clear acrylic panels.

Desk features 12" and 45 vinyl.

Each record is linked with 1" binder rings through upcycled white grommets from the close down belt factory.

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Home Is Where the Art Is

My dream house would be a brownstone just like the Cosby's home. I would want it to be a refurbished home because I love the way that older homes were built, especially since they have a lot of extra beautiful details included. If I were to actually own When I buy this home below are some things that I think would be neat to have inside:
I need to find a Polaroid camera, so I can recreate this on my wall.
How awesome would this be?
I don't think my house could fit shelves this large, but we'll see. I'm working on stepping up my book collection. It's not that I don't read books, it's just that I always get them from the local library.
Okay, I know that my brownstone won't come with a garage, but isn't this just the coolest idea? It's a garage door cover from a German company called Style Your Garage.
Livingstones are a modular seating concept developed by French designer Stephanie Marin. These rock! You should be used to my corniness by now.
What would you want in your dream home?  Let me know.
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