June 27th until September 21st 2008 - At 936 Mei Ling Way in LA's Chinatown

Friday, December 5, 2008

movement session 9

Return of the Movement Session!

Movement Session #9
Sunday Dec. 28th, 4-4:52pm
Smockshop is pleased to present, under its growing umbrella, a first ever west side movement session. Carole Frances Lung will lead Pilates Ball Beach Ball, a series of post-holiday exercises at the "New Muscle Beach." Muscle Beach is an outdoor beach gym located in Venice on Ocean Front Walk, two blocks north of Venice Blvd. If you would like to come and do not have a ball, let us know in advance, we'll figure it out. Come roll around in the sand and watch the sun set!
To sum up:
Movement session #9
4pm - sunset
Muscle Beach Venice
Bring your Pilates ball

Monday, December 1, 2008

Did we really skip November??????

Well just to keep the blog updated -

We're going to BERLIN!!!!!

Or actually, we drew straws because only two of us can go, and Tony and Kenturah are going to Berlin. But we will all be there in spirit and smock!

Yay Smockshop!

Ok - who is going to fill in this post with all the nessesery information to keep our peeps informed?

Berlin Berlin Berlin!!! One day I will see you with my own eyes :)

Kenturah and Tony - if you see any of my bike messenger friends, please say hi... maybe I'll send a photo book with one of you for my friend's bike/coffee shop...

In other Smocker news, I ran into Chose General and fellow Smocker, Michelle at the yummy coffee shop across the street from my house in Silverlake last week. Maybe we could have a Smocker Potluck or something soon? I miss you guys.....

And lastly - I'm in this show opening Dec 6th at Crewest Gallery downtown... here's the flyer (which I'm not on by name since I got my work to them after the flyer was made) hope to see some/all of you there!!

An Exhibit About Hand Printed Art

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Smockshop at High Desert Test Sites

Hey smockshop fans,

The smockshop will have a booth at the High Desert Test Sites on Saturday, November 8th from noon to 5pm at the art swap meet 2008 hosted by Amy and Wendy Yao.

Check it out:


It will be at high desert test sites CB08,
saturday november 8, 12noon - 5 pm
@ the Oleander Hotel.

Come by and get a smock! More info. to come.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Movement Session 8

These movement sessions are an ongoing series of low impact physical explorations.
They are currently being held at 1711 N. Spring St.
Enter thru the back on Baker St.
Wednesday evenings from 7 until 830.
Please do come!

movement session 8
wednesday Oct 8
This week Veronica Gelbaum (you know her) will lead us thru a series of yoga stretches. We will then work on some exercises she is borrowing from Merce Cunningham. She is a great yoga teacher and I'm going to have fun.

Please note new later time!

Come to my art exhibit Sat night!!

Opening Oct 11th - come on out!!

I have lots of new work!! I've been super busy since getting back from the Hudson River. I was planning on having a slide show presentation of the photo's I shot on "Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea" but that will have to wait until I am done with installing my 1/4 of this show opening on Sat night.

I'm going to be displaying pieces in all my favorite media including painted and printed wood panels, image transfers, and glass over welded reused bicycle cogs. I'll also have a self-published edition of my first photo zine (with the help of an inherited printer). It's the cream of my crop of bicycle photo's from over the years and over the country. I'm really, really excited about it because I've been wanting to do this for a-w-h-i-l-e. And of course I'll be wearing my favorite smock to the opening ;)

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sewing Rebellion

The first LA Sewing Rebellion met on Saturday Sept. 20!  The eager sewer's greeted Frau Fiber at the door, with bags of goods to recycle and reuse.  The four hour shift was productive, a wrap shirt was modified and embellished with burnt red thread and buttons, a denim jacket was transformed from boxy to sleek, an old t-shirt was remade into a cute tank top, and the outfit was completed with coordinating mini skirt and owl purse.  All in attendance also learned how to hand bind a button hole and sewing on a button.

If you are interested in hosting a Sewing Rebellion, please contact Frau Fiber, at Fraufiber@gmail.com

Stop Shopping, Start Sewing!

more on the Sewing Rebellion

Sewing Rebellion

Friday, September 26, 2008

Check out the NEW SMOCKS on smockshop.org

The newest smocks are up on smockshop.org!

Beautiful new smocks by Kenturah Davis:

Maude Benson:

Vera Neykob:

Tony Koerner:

Peggy Pabustan:

Michelle Brunnick + Sumi Ink Club

Kate Hillseth + Sumi Ink Club

And an awesome capelet, made by Michelle and Kate in collaboration with the Sumi Ink Club

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

movement sessions 6 and 7

These movement sessions are an ongoing series of low impact physical explorations.
They are currently being held at the SUMMER SMOCKSHOP in chinatown.
Wednesday evenings from 6 until 730.
936 Mei Ling Way behind Hop Louie.
Please do come!

movement session 6
wednesday sept. 24
We are sneaking in one more movement session tomorrow night at the smockshop space in chinatown, so please come by from 6:30 - 8 for thorough stretching, followed by a series of exercises created by my idol, Anna Halprin.

movement session 7
wednesday oct. 1
Very pleased to announce that for #7 Flora Wiegmann, performer, teacher and bartender, will lead us in doing whatever she likes. This will happen in our new space at 1711 N. Spring St. Enter thu the back on Baker St.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


The Sumi Ink Club Smockshop event was a success, we had many visitors and painted until 11! Some cute neighborhood kids joined it too.

Monday, September 15, 2008

SUMI INK CLUB celebration drawing event

Please join us this Friday evening, Sept 19 from 6 - 10pm, for a collaborative drawing session in celebration of a new line of sumi smocks designed by Chosé General and Kate Hillseth and hand-painted by Sumi Ink Club. What a lovely evening it will be. Everyone is welcome: all ages, all humans, all styles.

Movement Session 5

Please join me for the final movement session in the chinatown space.

Wednesday September 17th, 6:30 til 8pm.

movement session 5
We will start with a half hour of simple stretches, and then Danielle McCullough, a professional librarian, will lead us thru a choral reading of ancient greek verse. This can be a powerful physical experience, especially if you've never done organized yelling before.

Friday, September 5, 2008


COLD OPERATOR from Carson Mell on Vimeo.



oh, I am sorry I will miss it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Movement Sessions 3 and 4

These movement sessions are an ongoing series of low impact physical explorations.
They are currently being held at the SUMMER SMOCKSHOP in chinatown.
Wednesday evenings from 6 until 730.
936 Mei Ling Way behind Hop Louie.
Please do come!

movement session 3
Wednesday Sept. 3rd
We will open the session with extensive stretching of the spinal column, neck and hips. Designed for drivers!
Then Conor Thompson, who was recently on a basketball team, will lead us through a number of authentic movements.

movement session 4
Wednesday Sept. 10th
Kenny Gilmore, recent Waldorf graduate and keyboardist for Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,
will co-teach an Intro to Eurythmy with Molly Keogh, who is also a Waldorf graduate.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


smockshop presents screeners I
video work for screening and for sale
September 6 - 21, 2008
summer smockshop, 936 Mei Ling Way, Chinatown, Los Angeles

reception/mass screening
September 6, 7 - 11
with live video/performances by
VOS - Yes, We Can Do It
A video and performance
created by Peggy Jo Pabustan
featuring Amanda Alfieri,
Alexia Lewis
, and Peggy Jo Pabustan.
The screening will be accompanied by
VOS performing Cock & Bull - 8pm


A handmade stop-motion animated short film
by David Klein with live accompaniment
by Klein and Nick Woolley - 7pm

screening and on the shelf
artists invited by Glenn Phillips
Enid Baxter Blader, Local 909er

Sam Green, The Rainbow Man

Dale Hoyt, The Remastered Dale Hoyt ('81-'06)

Jennifer Sullivan, One Week Walden

invited by Kate Hillseth
Grant Falardeau, The Parrot Gang
Carson Mell, Cold Operator and Field Notes from Dimension X: Episode B-11 - Oasis

Friday, August 29, 2008

State of the smockshop

On August 28, 2008 the smockshop held an evening review for all local smockers. Present were Tiprin, Kenturah, Carole, Molly, Kate, Michelle, Vera, Peggy and Andrea.

We reviewed two amazing smocks by Kenturah, which will be available for purchase in the next two weeks, and two more ultra lovely smocks by Vera, which are also available as soon as they have been inventoried.

After the smock review Molly and Michelle and Peggy discussed our upcoming event schedule which is impressively full now that our smockers are now all back in town and in full swing – check the website for full listings

Finally Andrea presented the State of the smockshop address which was then followed by long discussion and dinner. All agreed to continue to work out these decisions over the upcoming weeks via email.

State of the smockshop address:
I love our shop in Chinatown. It is temporary and I wish it was permanent so that we could really fix it up, but it is great having all of the amazing smocks hanging on the racks and a public place where we can do performances and screenings and of course movement sessions. And on the days when fewer people come in (like on Wednesdays which are my shift) it is a good space to chill out and focus on a single project.

But the shop is in trouble. In two months we have only sold one smock –we are not only unable to support the space, but also to support the smockers. Originally the shop was intended to be revenue generating –each member of the project sacrifices time and energy in the hopes that there will be a return that will allow them to pay their own bills and buy time to do their other creative work. We are now running a deficit which means that we can’t afford to pursue another lease in a prime location when this one closes.

About a week ago things seemed pretty bleak until on Wednesday Kate called with an idea that we could rent the space next to Young Art in Highland Park for a cost that is actually affordable. The back of the space will be a movie theatre run by their friend Grant and he is offering us for the front for the smockshop.

If this works out it will solve half of the problem. The other half that we need to examine pertains to the distribution of our “product”. It is my feeling that people just can’t afford the cost of the smocks in this slowing economy. We need to focus on creating something with a range of prices (something for everyone), which can also be sold on line. Since the smocks look different in person then they do in photos, and also because they fit each person differently it has been almost impossible to sell them via the website.

At the meeting of smockers on Thursday November 28th we spoke about the following things:

1. Archiving the current smockshop project (including banner, desks, dress forms, changing rooms, signs, and two excellent smocks from each smocker)

2. Selling out the rest of the existing smocks (maybe even selling smocks until the end of the year?) And possibly releasing the pattern to the masses.

3. Changing our name: Andrea proposes “the group formerly known as smockshop” or just “formerly known as smockshop”

4. Changing the product: something textile related, Possibly variations of products sewn from rectangles or panels of fabric – (i.e. blankets, scarves, table clothes, rugs, towels, bookmarks). Each smocker would develop their own product based on the limitation of the panel format. However I think that we should cull through other options before settling on one so all suggestions are welcome.

5 Maintaining the new space as a “workshop” (places for performances, events, classes, social gatherings etc)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Movement Session was a raging success!

Well Im sorry I didnt give better notice about today's event at the smockshop so that everyone could have planned to come, because you missed a great time. But don't worry! Just come next week!
Peggy and I made signs, she did a walk around Chinatown with hers to pump up interest, and then we just went for it. We did some sun salutations, then she lead a really nice meditation for us. I feel centered and great! We discussed how our bodies are doing, which is always endlessly interesting. Then we choreographed a routine to Mickey Avalon's "Jane Fonda," and finally got our heart rates way up Sweatin' to the Oldies with Richard Simmons. We really did alot in a short time, and i feel optimistic that future sessions will be even more fruitful. Also I brought all my books that seemed relevant, plus my foot acupressure board, which is very pretty.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New! Summer Smockshop Movement Sessions!

Starting tomorrow, there will be movement sessions happening every Wednesday at the smockshop, from 12:30 - 2. We will do whatever we like during these sessions, from yoga to dancercise to Qi Gong. There will be also be a rotating cast of guest instructors, (announced here!) who specialize in a variety of movements. These sessions are intended as a time for us come together informally and use the space in a healthy creative way. Please bring a mat if you have it, and any music or exercise DVDs you would like to share. Wear a comfortable smock!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Smock + Terrarium work in progress

I believe in wearing my smock every day! It totally frees me up to spend time on other things-- such as work on a new painting for my upcoming show!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hudson River Smock Tales..

Well - ok - no smock notice yet. The smock I made for the boat is still packed away in my duffle bag. But. But. But. I have PLANS!!

Here are a couple photos of three of the seven sister boats of Switchback Sea and some words on what is going on so far.

There are seven boats in the fleet (although there may actually be more like 10). Althea is the steam boat built by Kinetic Steam Works from the Bay Area. A crew of KSW people came out and will be with us throughout the journey. I can't wait to learn about steam!!

Maria is next to Althea in the photo below. She is operated with a GASIFIER, and is supposed to run on stuff like coffee grinds and eggshells. Right now it still is powered by gasoline but that will be fixed soon! This is also the boat that will host the majority of the performance, written by Lisa D'Amour. Alas I do not have a solo part like I was originally told, but I will be singing my heart out in the group songs!

This is Alice. She is unbearably beautiful.

My job is mainly deck hand. Today has been filled with knot learning and water safety training and other important stuff. We even had a lecture on the history of the Hudson River. And amazingly - it is - mostly - safe to swim in these days!! (except after a rain storm or near sewage treatment plans of course)

My plans for the smock include photos.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Another one!

Monday, July 28, 2008

So how did it go?

Hey Peggy, Hey Alexia, How did it all go down in NY this weekend? Got any pics?

Some Shop Photo's!

Well, as Kenturah mentioned below, sitting the shop is lovely. I covered Vera's Friday shift last week so I spent two days in a row there. It was soooooo nice to have the large table to cut my cloth on.

I actually stayed a couple hours into Michelle's shift, and we cut a pattern for my undersmock boat pants.

I was hoping to get to the shop today to do some work, but I'm still home, and have decided to do work here instead.

Here are some photo's I shot of the shop last week.