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

Monday, December 28, 2009

Last but not least.....

We are having a Smockshop meeting tomorrow. It is going to be about the end of Smockshop as we know it and the future of the group formerly known as Smockshop.

It is 4am and I find myself thinking about how Smockshop has impacted my life in various ways. I've been thinking about this on and off for weeks now, but today I started thinking about how I forced my hands to sew the early smocks, sitting on my porch, needle in, needle out, one stitch at a time. It was painstakingly slow, but despite my usual lack of patience, I found myself sitting still for hours, willing myself to complete these smocks.

I only made a few this way since a bit later I set aside my sewing machine fears and finally learned how to thread my Mom's hand me down machine that I had begged off of her months earlier.

Since then sewing seems to be second nature to me and infects almost every piece of art I make these days. Sometimes when I'm sitting at my machine and freestyle stitching painted paper pictures, or doing illustrative sewing machine drawings, I think (as sappy as it sounds) there is no way I'd be here without Smockshop.

I'm always glad to watch and be a part of new things unfolding, but I also want to make a little space to say thanks to Smockshop for making me sew much better than I was.

love,
Ashira

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ethics + Aesthetics at Pratt

I had the pleasure of going to New York to see Pratt's latest exhibition at their 14th St. gallery, Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion. The people were perfectly lovely, the show looked beautiful, the opening was very well attended, there's nothing but good things to say so here are a couple of highlights:

Zoe Sheehan's series called "Shopdropping" is so SMART and funny and brilliant and wonderful and I loved seeing it and meeting her. If you don't know her work already you've got to google her, she's great great great and a serious renegade sewer.
Our project definitely seemed to resonate with the viewers. Several people said they were inspired and moved and relieved by the whole idea/experience of smocking. Apparently I'm not the only one overwhelmed with self-loathing brought out specifically by the daily ritual of deciding what to wear...

Finally I was inundated with love and warmth for Andrea's work. New York is a supportive town filled with eager and interested art lovers who come out to see, hear and learn about all the new ideas people are working on. It's like a giant university where admission truly is based on one criteria alone: the desire to attend.

The show is on until February. If you're in the city, don't miss the opportunity to see all the fantastic work:

Ethics + Aesthetics
Sustainable Fashion


Guest curators, Francesca Granata and Sarah Scaturro
November 20, 2009 -
February 20, 2010
Opening reception, Thursday, November 19,
6 – 8 p.m.

This exhibition will survey the work of artists and designers (many of whom are based in New York) who explore practical and symbolic solutions to the question of integrating sustainable practices into the fashion system.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hostess Gifts for Sprüth Magers


As a thank you to our lovely hosts at Sprüth Magers, Molly and I made them each a tote - a tradition established by Tony and Kenturah at Sprüth Magers, Berlin.

With limited time to make them while we were in London, we decided to get together when we returned to LA. Using bits from the heaps of material in our studios, we had fun combining prints and colors and their future owners, and thinking about the future of smockshop...

Monday, October 5, 2009

our last night in London : ) : (

Ana, Niall, Bob (the Saville Row tailor who Niall introduced us to), Victoria and Molly
at an opening party for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec collection of furniture at Established & Sons LTD Gallery


Molly, Ana, Michelle, Rob II & yummy cocktails.

Clever awning.
London eye says, "Goodnight."

luxury apartment... tres chic.




Sprueth Magers put us up in really chi

after party!!





smockshop London opening at Sprueth Magers ...




Trying it on




In the gallery.







Hello, London!




Thursday, September 24, 2009

London Images













Here, for starters are some photos of London. In the next short while Michelle and I will post a little writeup on our great great great experience!