A Collaboration With Wallace
Before the mayhem, before the art, we were partners. And ever since then we've had a truly inspirational connection. My most recent collaboration with Wallace was a quick one. That's how we usually do things.. we just go for it. No planning, no meetings, no sketch pads and idea-list-writing. It comes with a vision and place to create. In this case it's Wallace's grungy and awesome art studio in what we lovingly call "Containerland" in the bowels of the now-ritzy and famous "Funk Zone" of Santa Barbara.
We've been collaborating in this neighborhood for over a decade in various warehouses, studios and lofts. What this one lacks in plumbing (sorry.. but I cannot be okay with the porta-potties).. it makes up for with a raw, true, and inspiring environment. Ideas just come to us and it's a symbiosis of grabbing different mediums: fabrics, silkscreens, paints, mini skirts… whatever we have to work with and it just.. works! It's great to be around such mutual creativity.
I showed up with my machines, equipment, fabric and patterns. Wallace gave me free-range with his amazing silkscreens.... all original art of his, plus some vintage screens he had salvaged from the 1960's. I cut the fabric. He printed. I sewed.
We made one-of-a-kind TEE SHIRTS,
MINI SKIRTS.. printed on authentic vintage fabric,
And eco-chic cotton canvas TOTE BAGS.
(To see more items for sale in this collections, please click on the images above or click here.)
Sometimes we took a beach-break or walked over to one of our favorite restaurants in the funk zone, but other times, we loved to keep working with a studio lunch. Admittedly, the "bunny lunch" was pretty funny...I had a deadline for some costumes I was commissioned to make so Wallace brought me cheap wine and carrots... not bad, but I really like the decadence of the proscuitto, cheese and cava that came from Metropulis, just across the street... Yum.
Evenings were often spent de-compressing with Wallace's killer tacos, back-yard al fresco style with a symphony of frogs in the background, or with a few Jack-and-Cokes and some punk rock juke tunes at The Press Room, or making appearances at one of many art-openings in the funk zone.
Hanging Wallace's art in preparation for his show at The Press Room.
Getting ready for Wallace's art opening at Michael Kate Interiors.
Definitely a great time in Santa Barbara, creating, collaborating and hanging out in the funk zone with my long-time bestie!
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