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

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.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

i am sitting in the shop today, on this lovely afternoon....totally excited that we have wireless internet here....i know, i probably deserve a 'late pass'.

as my shift draws to a close, i look at the smocks all around me and imagine that they are precious puppets, waiting for someone to take them home and animate them into life.

among the occasional visitors that i met, a few mt. washington-ites stopped by today who seemed very impressed with the project.  one woman said that her friend really liked one of the smocks and planned to buy it when the smockshop travels to san francisco....the smockshop is going to sf??? that would be fresh!!!  (don't fret at the word 'fresh'...i'm bringing it back into style, homeboys and girls.)

well, peggie has just arrived...i'm signing out.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Guest Blog by Rest In Peace

I hope you were fortunate enough to witness the amazing debut of VOS (minus one band member) at the Smockshop last night. One of my personal goals were achieved: just enough people showed up so that there was leftover Bacardi that I could put in my freezer last night. All I need now is a sunny Sunday afternoon, some pineapple juice, and a well built go-go boy dancing to Mark Farina in my backyard.

There will be plenty more opportunities to witness my amazing dance technique (I promise I will be properly waxed next time) and Peggy's ingenuity. But it won't always be me cavorting around with a performance flag.

Last night was more about me as Rest In Peace being the 21st century Mammy/exoticed object, and I wanted it to connect this in a practical way to our upcoming performance in New York: we'll do anything for art (spending all our savings for an opportunity at fame), and feel no shame in asking the general public to give us money for using our female, minority bodies (kissing, hair touching). The whole Mammy part for me was the advice I gave out when people gave us money - my friends are always asking me for advice about their lives (as if I know what I'm talking about), so I figured, might as well capitalize on it.

Pictures and video will follow. No, I'm not even gonna try and act like I hit that green light post on purpose - it was a total mess up. I made it all up as I went along. A further testament to my brilliance.

Now, I need to use my body for the Smockshop so that we can all have more money - Rest In Peace, after all, is the biggest art hoe of them all.

Hoes Take Off Your Clothes - DJ Assault

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I missed Peggy's show at Smockshop tonight :(

Peggy I'm sorry I had to miss it.. How did it go?? do you have pictures? Should we have posted it up here?


I'll be at Smockshop tomorrow from 12-4. Last Thursday, I ended up staying at the shop until 8pm. I found myself getting so much work done. A few people came in and tried on smocks. One woman looked beautiful in Molly's long silk navy blue smock. It was perfect. But I guess it wasn't hers. Does anyone else feel like the smocks kinda find the right people to wear them?

hmmm that would make the cutest animation... not that I do animation... I'm just sayin'

As for tomorrow, I will be on my way to finishing 2 smocks, and possibly I will start making pants for the boat.

Feel free to come and say Hi!

x Ashira

Monday, July 21, 2008

Great News!

Sold a smock- loved every minute of it- I had the marvelous reward of meeting the end user-
looking forward to seeing this same post from someone else soon!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

bloglines and user names

Karen just gave us a tip so that we can know when the smockshop blog has been updated:

"If you subscribe to the blog through bloglines.com, then it will show up as bold when there has been a post."

Also I was wondering if those of you who have signed up under "user names" can also include your real names so that we know who you are when you add a post?


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Who's got their smock on?!

Who's read about the Maker's Movement? 

"...when a company engages with its consumers, it gets passionate advocates of its products- true believers who will give them free publicity and increase sales with very little effort."

I think this justifies me wearing the same thing everyday for 2 years. Anyone else care to join the movement?

More at: 

Strong Texans make smocks


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mapping To The Smockshop

Maybe this map will help people navigate the little streets around the Smockshop. If you're visiting by car, keep in mind that the Smockshop is located centrally between the Pasadena freeway (110), the Golden State freeway (5), the Santa Ana freeway (101), and the San Bernardino freeway (10). The 10 & 101 freeways sort of merge along a straight path at one point. As far as locating oneself, the Smockshop is a bit north&east of downtown L.A., a bit south of Dodger Stadium (on the other side of the 110 freeway). Lastly, the two closest L.A. Metro stops are at Chinatown and Union Station.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Unrelated Photo!

Just to get some images up, here's a shot taken by Sean Dungan for the book I'm making...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

7/11 4-8 pm

Many visitors, so many that I had no time to write this. Residents and business owners welcoming us to the neighborhood. A qigong session. Sarah Anderson, of Sumi Ink Club/Lucky Dragons, stopped in to discuss a collaborative event between Sumi Ink Club, Ooga Booga and SmockShop (a great Kate idea!)- we had a few meetings earlier in the week and possibilities are bubbling, Im compiling notes to get your feedback (Ashira, we're talking screen prints! And, yes to the pants). Wendy Yao and Tessa, of OogaBooga stopped in to discuss neighborhood business - summer is generally slow - and check out the smocks - much love.

Vital signs: many visitors questioned whether we were a studio or business. I cut a few pieces of plywood for 2 sandwich board signs and handed them over to Kate for painting. The wood has a beautiful veneer to be incorporated into the graphics - AZ style. A banner/flag in the front would be nice.

I love smockshopkeeping!

Raft Smocks? (hehehe!!!)

I've probably mentioned to some of you that I'll be floating down the Hudson River for three weeks (starting Aug. 15) with "Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea", a flotilla of seven alternatively powered raft/boats headed up by printmaker, street and installation artist Swoon.

Well, last night I was thinking about what I could make that would be good to wear on the boats... and duh! Smocks! Some nice airy, summery, comfy, beautiful, smocks that will get camped in and boated in and floated in and muddy from jumping in the river to dock the boats, and frayed from too much sun, and totally lived in by the time I get back!!!!!

Michelle - will you help me make some cute pants?

ps - we finally got the silkscreen press!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Smockshop buddies, anyone?

I'm looking forward to hearing about how some of you other smock sitters are handling the down time at the shop. Personally I'd love to share my time slot with any interested parties since it got a little too quiet for me last Sunday. Any takers?? 

Available Space?

Just got the following info in an email from Bart Exposito:
Also, there's a space available on Chung King Rd. It's the newer Black Dragon space. I don't know if you've seen it, but it's pretty nice. $1,700.00 a month, and they may want some money down for some of the work (lights, walls, etc.) they put into it. Most likely negotiable, though. If you're interested, let me know and I'll put you in touch with them.
Has anyone seen this space? Idon't think that we could afford the entire thing, but if it is a bi-level perhaps we could rent out the downstairs as a studio to an artist? It would be great to have a new space lined up by the time that we have to move out of this one.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

summer smockshop

So here is our new blog - You may notice that I'm still fussing around with the format, so forgive me if the look keeps changing for the next few days. In the meantime I'm really curious to hear how things are going in the store? And we have a few press requests for photos - I left a digital camera in the desk and was wondering if anyone can take some photos when the light is good and send them to me? Also would be good to post some on the blog!