With the turn of seasons and the entry of spring comes a host of new and exciting projects. For the past year, I have been enjoying researching and exploring the thrilling style of America’s counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, an era that has forever stood as central inspiration to my work as an artist and designer. Thanks to the efforts of a particularly free-thinking librarian in my high school library, I was fortunate enough to come across a copy of Native Funk and Flash – a book that would forever change how I think about clothes and the art we wear. I’m not alone in this sentiment as designers world-over consider this book a highly respected and deeply coveted cult fashion tome. As I scour the globe for the best and the brightest of the hippie generation, I have been blessed to get to know many of the individuals who helped create this exciting moment in fashion history. Alexandra (Jacopetti) Hart, author of this treasured book, has become an endless font of knowledge and inspiration in fueling this research.
From this work will come a host of events and budding projects from my design studio that will continue to grow and reveal themselves in the coming months.
The University of Washington has welcomed me to share this all with their undergraduate students. This spring I began teaching my new course, Counter-Couture: Fashion and Style in the American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. The excitement around the course is growing and we are fortunate enough to have Alexandra joining my students and I to continue sharing her very special story.
I would like to invite you all to join my students and I in welcoming Alexandra to Seattle with an informal evening at Cafe Lago on Wednesday April 18, 2012. This very special and unique opportunity to meet Alexandra is not to be missed! Please see the attached invitation for more information.
I hope to see you there, and look forward to sharing more as things take shape!
My very best,