Tuesday, May 15, 2012

upcoming feral childe events


Coming up, events in Brookyln and Oakland!

Sat May 19 Feral Childe Spring Trunkshow at Kaight BROOKLYN 
 382 Atlantic Ave, btw Bond & Hoyt
Store hours: 1130am - 7pm
Moriah and Alice will be reunited at last, and on hand to meet you.
Come for summer drinks, plankton cookies, and of course
shop from the full range of the Spring 2012 Collection.
Owner Kate McGregor recently visited the Feral Childe studio in Sunset Park and you can read about it here.
Sat May 26 1-6pm OAKLAND Mum's the Word Bay Area Sample Sale
A rare opportunity to shop past season and samples at deep deep discounts. This "secret" sale is by invitation only, since space is limited. If you haven't already, please email alice@feralchilde and we will send you the details. The event will be in Oakland, CA.  (we've adjusted the date since our previous mailing)
Alice + Moriah
ABOUT THE NEW COLLECTION: For Spring/Summer 2012: THE AQUAKNOTS, Feral Childe explores the ocean deep. This season’s original prints feature the Feral Childe duo as deep sea divers among plankton, exotic coral and aquatic horses. Reflecting our process-based fine arts background, these prints were developed by combining wildly varied image-making techniques: for example, the Flowerstripe print is a collage of shapes cut from bright, individually painted watercolors, while the Plankton print is a cyanotype made by exposing a 3D-painting to light sensitive fabric (the painting was made on various layers of clear acetate sheets combining paint and meticulous, intricately-cut plankton-like frosted Mylar shapes). We worked side by side on these prints, drawing on the same sheet of paper, as in the ball-point pen derived print called Wipeout, which shows several versions of Jacques Cousteau's famous diving saucer.  We started this print while waiting for the shuttle to the airport, as we sat in the lobby of the hotel in Doha, Qatar where we were visiting artists at Virginia Commonwealth University last spring.
From our take on summer basics to signature statement pieces, this season’s Feral Childe styles emphasize easy summer ensembles. The Spring 12 collection is on point with trends such as printed shorts (Anemone Shorts), feminine baseball jackets (Cousteau Jacket), stripes, a bright palette of corals (hello Pantone Tangerine Tango!) -- yet always with our timeless and unique twist on construction details such as shaped pockets, folded collars, creative tucks and pleating, extended placket, and more. Spring 2012’s fabrics include fine Italian metallic cotton, glazed linen, organic cotton, Cupro, Hempcel, and silk. At Feral Childe we strive for more sustainable production, using organic, sustainable, artisan-made, or repurposed fabrics; and manufacture everything in New York City.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

open studios this weekend!  i'm having a giant sale to make room for new projects.  includes samples, overstock, and wacky experiments.

+ tee shirts for men, women, and babies/toddlers
+ totes/bags
+ pillows
+ accessories

cottage street studios
1 cottage street
easthampton, ma
friday, dec. 2nd from 12-5
saturday, dec 3rd from 10-5
sunday, dec 4th from 12-5

hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

learn textile dyeing with shabd!

Fiber Reactive Dyes with Shabd

Learn the process of Dyeing with Shabd, one of our generations leading dye-artists. In this 3 week class, Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes, by immersion, painting and tie-dye, with both cellulose and protein fibers. You will learn various tying, dying and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. It will be fun, and colorful and bright! Discover the dyer in you and design your own dye patterns! Students will focus on swatches to perfect technique and in the last class work on individual projects.

No experience necessary. Our classes are designed to focus on a learned skill rather than a final product. At TAC, our mission is to provide skills and knowledge for a lifetime! All necessary materials are included for swatch making. Any additional fabrics and materials will need to be supplied by the student based on their vision. Also, we have Open Studio time for students to put their new knowledge to practice.

The Textile Arts Center is a beautiful 3200sf space in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens dedicated to providing support to fiber artists and everyday people interested in working with fibers. TAC holds classes, workshops and special events as well as running open studio hours, hosting gallery exhibits and running an artist in residency program.

Shabd Simon-Alexander is an internationally renowned dye artist. Her namesake clothing line is carried in high-end boutiques internationally. She has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out, Daily Candy, Nylon, Blackbook, Dossier, Bust Magazine, on innumerable blogs, and was the first person to teach Martha Stewart how to tie-dye!

3 Session
Sundays 2:00 - 6:00PM, October 16 - October 30
The Textile Art Center in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Craftacular Call for Vendors

Apply now to be a BUST Magazine Craftacular vendor at the World's Largest DIY Festival -- Maker Faire New York 2011! Maker Faire will take place on September 17th and 18th at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY.

Maker Faire is a newfangled outdoor fair that brings together science, art, craft, engineering, and music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. Over 40,000 attendees are expected over both days.

This year's improved BUST Magazine Craftacular at Maker Faire features:

  • A new, central location at a highly trafficked area within Maker Faire -- foot traffic, and lots of it!
  • A large BUST Craftacular tent which will provide cover and shade for all vendors and shoppers (already included in your booth fee!).
  • More live crafting demos, including demos from vendors.
  • Plus, returning vendors from last year's Maker Faire New York will receive 10% off their booth fee.

Have more questions? Visit Frequently Asked Questions or e-mail us at craftacular@bust.com.


Nikki Hung
Event Coordinator

Monday, July 18, 2011

the NERVE!

this is a topic near and dear to my heart, and i was outraged to read this e-mail from SAPLINGs Alice and Moriah of Feral Childe this morning! please read, and boycott Forever 21. this is one of the many reasons why i swore off buying clothing from mass market chain retail stores around 7 years ago... -cal

Dear friends,

A few weeks ago, we discovered one of our prints appearing on garments manufactured by Forever 21--a large, major retailer. Feral Childe's artwork was used without our permission or knowledge, and appears on multiple styles sold in the Forever 21 stores and on their website. Some styles have even received press. The print is our hand-drawn Teepees, widely featured in Feral Childe's Fall 2009 Collection School Play. Many of you have leggings, jeans, and dresses or other garments featuring our Teepees. The Forever 21 garments appear to reproduce Teepees exactly. If compared side by side you would not be able to distinguish any difference in the artwork.

Feral Childe has always strived to bring you the very best in innovative, ethically-produced clothing that is made to last. When we first started out we could only dream about the day when we'd be able to design our own fabrics. With the support of our community--friends, family, collaborators, showroom, suppliers, contractors, and our loyal customers--we have grown the business to be able to offer our very original, very personal hand-drawn textile designs to you each season.

For the past fifteen years, we have dedicated ourselves to this artistic partnership. Feral Childe's designs are the product of these years invested in our deep friendship and artistic training. We create textile designs reflecting a singular aesthetic voice. It can take months for us to develop Feral Childe's prints. The creative process begins with the two of us sitting side by side drawing and painting together and continues as we comment, critique and edit until we perfect the print design.

Through our hard work, Feral Childe has been sold in more than 70 independent retailers in the US and Japan. We feel fortunate to have weathered the recession and to be able to continue to do what we love. Even with our successes, we are a tiny company. Each wholesale account is a personal relationship nurtured over the course of seasons. Each customer we meet inspires us to design something better for you next time. If you are reading this, we could not have come this far without you. It simply is not fair that another party profits from artwork that was not created by them, was not their idea, and does not belong to them.

Forever 21 has unfairly profited from Feral Childe's years of artistic development. Without any consideration or respect for the origin of the artwork, Forever 21's mass reproduction of our textile design without our permission is extremely unethical, and in direct violation of the law. It's frustrating that this enormous company, with over a billion dollars a year in revenues, would dare to poach the artistic creations of a small company such as ours.

Our Teepees design is protected by law, registered with the US Copyright Office. When we sent Forever 21 our cease and desist letter regarding this copyright infringement, Forever 21 denied liability and even stated that perhaps Feral Childe copied the design from another source. Once we received that outrageous response, our attorneys filed a lawsuit, currently pending in Federal Court in Los Angeles. We hope that you might show your support for Feral Childe by spreading the word. Tell your friends, or forward, comment, post, retweet the articles below. We thank you in advance.


Alice & Moriah


Friday, July 15, 2011

feral childe ONLINE trunk show!

You are invited to an online trunkshow!

Hard-to-find Chain Print Turbine Jean available at Mission Savvy!
MISSION SAVVY is hosting an opening night party and trunkshow for Feral Childe's Spring 2011 Collection this weekend, July 15-17. The store is in Charleston, WV but you can shop select styles, including new accessories, in a special virtual trunkshow. A portion of your purchase is donated to animal welfare and conservation groups.

The special link will be posted on Friday. Find out more on Mission Savvy's Facebook event page. If you have any questions, just email us at mail@feralchilde.com

Alice + Moriah