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

Sunday, August 31, 2008

SCREENERS I

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


Dioscuri

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







screening and on the shelf
DYSTOPIAN UTOPIAS
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

Flavorpill













Another one!