Hi there! I have some exciting news to share! For the past few months I’ve been doing some still life styling for People StyleWatch Magazine. Yep you read that right, my lil name is in print is one the most widely distributed magazine! The first issue is this dec./jan issue.
BLACKEST BLACK FRIDAY NOV. 25th-27th
Yo! The Fine folks at Junkprints are hosting the blackest black friday open studio ever. This event is going to be so black that your gonna need a flashlight & affirmative actions to balance it out. Just kidding! I’ve been prepping for the holiday season & am thrilled to be open 11/25-11/27 for all your Junk shopping desires. Free goodies w/ the 1st 10 black friday purchases.
Fri Nov. 25th and Sun. Nov. 27th // Noon til 7PM
America is one hot mess, it’s always been a hot mess. I’m glad that the US has finally taken note of this, with the Occupy everywhere protests. I only wish the protests were more focused. Many things suck, but they get better when we get better…aggressively better. We will work harder than our parents for less, because unfortunately America was build on the backs of stolen, borrowed exploited labor and efforts and most of us has reaped the benefits of that exploitation to some capacity…and honestly we can’t all be kings queens, ceo’s and overpaid executive, but we can stop supporting the folks and establishments we don’t believe in. And there’s no shame in using your hands to make things and earning a day’s wage. Unfortunately this is something most of us will have to learn to do.
Most of my day job pals have finally stopped looking for jobs (after getting hired, then getting laid off then getting hired for less pay, then getting laid off, dealing with delays in payment etc.) I’m proud of them because they are finally putting there efforts into marketing skills they possess. Teaching dance, vocal lessons, baking, basically doing things in which they are not brokers in a service. they are actually providing a valuable task or deliverable. All great changes came from folks that shifted they way they thought about things. Don’t like the walls knock them down, or leave the room.
Big ups to all the Blue collar workers. America needs more of them. We need to make things, particulary the things we use.
Remixed with my hands especially for you:
GO BIG and GO RUNAWAY FROM HOME
It’s important for me to make ridiculous things from time to time, so I decided to make another huge bag , and just in time for the fake Hurricane Irene, Don’t even get me started on that hoopla, anyhoot, here’s the big bag
This is the hugest bag I’ve ever made and Just in time time to run for the hills, before my studio is submerged by Hurricane Irene…kinda kidding, kinda not 😉
SIZE: 67″x 20″ x 20″
Here’s the other large bag I made in ’09…it’s in a private collection.
I have been a really bad blogger lately and have been a bit MIA over the last month on social media networks, and ya’ll know how I love me some twitter. Well my friends and frenemies, here’s why. I have been rewiring my brain, and assessing the next major creative move for Junkprints.
I consider my self an artist who happens to be using textiles as a medium, but have never really considered myself a ‘fashion designer’ The reason for that is because generally, the culture around fashion is stuffy (and art’s not right? I’ll get to that later) and I’m not formally trained in it. So in some ways I don’t have the brainwashing that makes me worship it.
That being said, I love clothing, dressing clever, costumes, and vintage archives and many designer collections, I just don’t like the fuss around it, and all the ‘tastemakers’ being ‘nonhuman like’ to boost the importance of wearing the perfect shade of magenta this season…it’s just not the serious. To me clothing and adornment is to support a mood and cover the bits that the public is uncomfortable with seeing, and keep us warm/cool and ‘protected’ while expressing us. It’s to inspire us, not make us feel unworthy.
Here’s the dilemma with having an artist making clothing, well to be perfectly honest, I do not like making things over and over again. I never did. Once the concept, design is resolved in my mind and in execution, I feel like my work is done. That puts one in quite a predicament if the item requires pattern grading, sizing and material sourcing. I’ve never been one to go half on things so for the last few years I have taken this on and with an extreme gusto and passion. Over the last few months I realized that this may be smashing up my creative process. No one wants their creativity all smashed up, so I’ve take a moment to rewire my brain and come up with a plan of action.
I will continue to make engaging work…no matter what! I am shifting gears a bit and am creating art…just art, not art for a tee…just art. Recently I’ve sold some large pieces including the one below. I also have a show coming up in a swanky Chelsea Gallery as well as a solo show in Delaware next year. Deets soon to come.
In addition to the art I’m gearing up for licensing. Yep that’s right, I’ll be playing with the corporate world, but don’t worry I’ll be wise with my licensing and will be more on the L.A.M.B. side of the table than the god awful Ed Hardy (believe it or not the dude is talented he’s just a licensing whore) side of the table. The plan is to be extremely hands on while utilizing there resources and distribution. I still need all the work that stems for Junkprints to have integrity and am excited about working with the grown ups. This licensing thing is in the works and I probably won’t have stuff to show for a while, giants move slow you know, but I’m working with some great business folks on getting this done and it will be most amazing.
So with all this new stuff going on, you may see lots of one of a kind items on junkprints including clothing and I apologies in advance if it’s not available in your size, for now I will be prototyping, just like when I first started…keeping, the creative juices flowing. Due to all these changes, many items currently on the Junkprints.com will be ending there editions early, basically I’m selling what I have in stock and will not be making more, particularly on the clothing. So if you see a tee or hoodie you have your eye on, snag it now…cuz once it’s gone it’s gone.
JUNKPRINTS IN TORONTO at SUPAFRIK
I have some super exciting news! Junkprints is being carried at a brand new pop up shop Called SUPAFRIK in Toronto, and of course in none other than Kensington Market. 181 Augusta Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 2L4
Supafrik is an experimental pop-up concept. A blend of art exhibition and retail, Supafrik will showcase the work of artists and entrepreneurs that are inspired by Africa. Loosely curated around the theme of “Urban Contemporary Africana”, Supafrik will feature artwork and merchandise that re-contextualise and re-imagine traditional African aesthetics and tradition with a post-modernist eye. In addition to the Afrotropolis fashion collection by Chinedesign, Supafrik will be stocked with unique artwork, books, music, t-shirts, shoes furniture and home-ware collected by Chinedu throughout his travels in New York, London and Paris. Supafrik will also have social-media interactivity that will allow anybody with an internet connection to participate in some of the activities planned over the duration of the pop up shop such as the stylized photoshoot, book reading and design workshop.
BTW: They have the last editions of the Hairy Hair tees. So if you slept on ’em while I had ’em in stock you can cop ’em here.
and one more thing, The Opening Party July 15, 2011 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
JUNKPRINTS IS GOING TO PHILLY: SAT JUNE 11th
On Saturday, June 11th, 2011 Junkprints will be in Philly at the 10th Annual B-Boy BBQ in Philly. This yearly experience is going to be quite spectacular. It is an oppurtunity for people of all walks of life to exper…ience all aspects of hip-hop culture from graffiti to breakdancing, emceeing and deejaying. Every year there is influx of 400-500 people to the site of the B-Boy BBQ where they can witness local, national and internationally renowned artists in action and shop the nearly 100 vendors selling everything from spraypaint and clothing to food and face painting. This event is in the tradition of Rock Steady Day, Meeting of Styles and other large scale hip-hop events. I’m super duper excited to be participating in this event. This is the very first time The junkprints goodies will be in the streets of Philly. Don’t miss this one day opportunity.
48th and Westminister, West Philly
Saturday June 11th, 8am-8pm
OPEN STUDIO/SHOP IN PERSON: MAY 29th-30th
I’ve just completed a new batch of goodies and I’m opening our studio doors for to show it all off. I’ll be showcasing new artwork along side my limited edition clothing and accessories. Prepare to have yer socks knocked off.
SUN. May 29th and MON. May 30th // Noon til 8PM
LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its second POP-UP SHOP 4/9!
If you miss this event, you may have to seek professional help to recover from your loses!
LADIES LOVE PROJECT PRESENTS: SPRING POP-UP SHOP!
Shopping Event Showcases Brazen Art, Avant-Garde Fashion & Hand-Crafted Designs at Gallery 151!
NEW YORK, NY March 10, 2011 — On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the LADIES LOVE PROJECT presents its second POP-UP SHOP at Gallery 151 from 12pm – 8pm. The PROJECT, a brainchild of renowned street artist TOOFLY and sound sensation PattyDukes of the Circa95 duo, highlights some of NYC’s most creative underground artists and designers. The one-day-only event boasts an intimate, yet brilliantly colorful shopping experience – designed to familiarize consumers, media and tastemakers with artists currently celebrating prominence.
Featured participants Good Wood NYC, Junkprints, The Peralta Project, Cookies -N- Cream (and a host of others), will be exhibiting one of a kind, limited edition, handcrafted pieces just in time for spring! Indie music across all genres will be handled by RephStar (also of Circa95), Miz Metro, Sweetcheeba, and RockSmithTokyo’s Mary $. A live broadcast of the event will be streamed at www.Circa95.com. Complimentary treats will be served by Jenny Kinns Cupcakes, while BFresh Photography & Media will be on deck with event photography.
Gallery 151, a celebrated art space located at 351 Bowery Street, plays host to the eclectic mix of both burgeoning and established talent. Art pieces on canvas, tote bags, jewelry, t-shirts, graffiti, live music—you name it— the LADIES LOVE PROJECT SPRING POP-UP SHOP doesn’t get any more New York than this! A handy fact sheet is included below to showcase a list of participants and their websites.
“Having the LADIES LOVE PROJECT POP-UP SHOP in our space is a perfect fit,” says Laura O’Reilly, Manager of Gallery 151. “All of the vendors have styles that honor old New York, yet each demonstrates a unique progression with great, must-have niche items.”
About A Ladies Love Project:
The Ladies Love Project is a collaboration between artists Toofly (www.tooflynyc.com/) PattyDukes & Rephstar (www.circa95.com) and A.Mari of (www.onefokus.org). Aiming to create inspiring environments for women artists where they can celebrate their creative styles in Art, Fashion and Music. Ladies Love Project introduces a model for all women who pay homage to market life around the globe as a staple of community building, and entreprenuership. Ladies Love Project thrives on spreading a positive and empowering message to the community, reaching young women who are inspired by them.
JUNKYARD OPEN STUDIO
I’m opening our studio doors for this one day event. I’ll be showcasing new artwork along side my limited edition clothing and accessories. Prepare to have yer socks knocked off.
SUN. MARCH 27th // Noon til 8PM