This Saturday we are excited to kick off show #2 in our 3rd season of AOK (Art of Kraft) at Birba in Palm Springs!! This season we really took it upon ourselves to reach out and find some amazing, talented and unique crafters/artists out there in the Coachella Valley. What did we find?…well, a little bit of wood and wig works, photography and fashion, iPhone art and mixed media masterpieces, painters, jewelry makers, and much more.
Our first show of the 3rd season that took place last month (June of 2013). The highlighted artists were Chris Sanchez, Casen Creation, Sven, The Beauty Bandit, and Ashley Coy. Free crafts were available and presented by The Coachella Valley Art Scene (of course!). Alf Alpha spun records, kept us grooving the whole time. BIRBA was the beautiful venue and host that served up amazing cocktails and yummy food dishes all event long (oh and kept the misters going – nice!).
This month we are going for a new theme that we haven’t done before – AN ALL GIRL CRAFT EXHIBIT!!! We haven’t seen this in the desert yet and thought it would be fun to make it happen. So, we called upon some amazing lady crafters that we admire who live and create here in the desert: Angela Kinley, Tea with Iris, Maya Kalabic, Julie Levine and Kristin Winters. Each of these fantastic ladies will showcase their latest creations; clothes, art works, wood works, glitter pop, paintings, journals, jewelry, and more. We are ultra excited, to say the very least.
Read the descriptions below to find our more about AOK (Art of Kraft) and take a sneak peek at some of our featured artists for the month of May!
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
(You’ll find us at the craft table, of course)
QULTURE QREATIVE, FOUNDATION 10, BIRBA and The Coachella Valley Art Scene present…
(Art of Kraft)
We have teamed up again for our second year with The Coachella valley art scene to give you… “A.O.K.” a monthly artist showcases that serves as a vehicle to help connect local business owners with local artists and other artist with each other. In the tradition of supporting local artists-our goal here is to create a container that’s supports creativity and access to our diverse and creative desert community.
Some Artists will be creating and painting live and all Artists will be producing unique works at accessible and reasonable prices specifically for this once monthly event.
Art of Kraft will take place on every third Saturday, from 12:00pm – 4pm and is open to all! The music and Kraft’s are on us the booze and art is on you!
MAY 18thth │ JUNE 15th │ JULY 20th 2013
With special guest, sound selector extraordinaire-Alf Alpha (www.djalfalpha.com) and friends
For more info and a complete list of Artist please visit:
BIRBA 622 North Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA. 92262 760.327.56787
Featured Artist for the Month of May
Leslie Shockley of Tea with Iris
ABOUT the ARTIST
“My goal is to create a waste-free environment by gardening, composting, and making products from upcycled materials. All of my products are sewn with my most cherished heirloom, my grandmother’s 1958 Singer Slant-O-Matic sewing machine. My prints are hand-painted from the plants in our garden.
Working as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines (1996-1998) opened my eyes to the amount of waste people consume and the detrimental effects it has on the environment. It wasn’t that the people I worked and lived with in the rural fishing community in the Philippines were more wasteful than we are; they had to deal with their waste on a daily basis and couldn’t take it to the curb every week as we do here.
I feel that as consumers, we can really change the impact we have on our local and global environment by the way we choose to spend our money and really think about the life cycle each product has on our environment.
The products I make are inspired by the materials I find and are donated to me from friends and family’s linen closets. A vintage linen will transform into a 60‘s-inspired dress I named the Maude dress. A Vera linen and vinyl tablecloth will evolve into a picnic blanket. Or a unique embroidered linen napkin will be the pocket for a girl’s ‘happy power’ dress, which is a loose fitting play dress made from pillowcases and napkins. My daughter came up with the term ‘happy power’, asking my husband one morning if he had happy power. I thought it was a perfect name for the first style of girls dresses I designed. If I buy virgin material, I source material made sustainable resources and that can be eventually composted once worn out, such as organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.
My passion for making prints from plants in our garden came from an early appreciation of nature, growing up in the Cahuilla Hills in Palm Desert and later on in life taking botany courses in college. I’m continuously learning through nature and want to pass this knowledge. I share my knowledge and learning experiences in gardening and composting, and some of the ways I have found to reduce the amount of waste in our household on my blog and facebook page.” – Leslie Shockley
WHAT IS UPCYCLING?
It’s basically making something new from something old. One of my biggest inspirations in starting my business came from the book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, written by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. They state that the goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
WHO IS IRIS?
Iris is our desert tortoise we adopted from the Living Desert Reserve who lives under the mesquite tree in our garden. She is about 60 years old and she is the ultimate sustainable member of our family, eating the native desert plants in our garden.
Happy Power dress- Dress handmade from repurposed linens, napkins and doilies. All one of a kind. For women and children. 1st design made when I started my company in January 2010.
You won’t want to miss these one-of-a-kind pieces of work from Tea with Iris at AOK (Art of Kraft) this Saturday afternoon.
Get all the details andRSVP here: