SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: GUNTA STÖZLZ by Britt Howard

5 Chöre (5 Choirs), 1928

5 Chöre (5 Choirs), 1928

German textile artist/designer, Gunta Stölzl (1897–1983) was an integral Bauhaus figure, leading and developing the weaving workshop as the radical art & design school's sole female master. Her complex and beautiful geometric designs were translated to wall weavings, textiles, and furniture. Stölzl experimented with the weaving medium by drawing inspiration from abstract painting and color theory.  She veered away from representational imagery that traditionally had been seen in weavings. Nearly a century later, her designs still maintain a fresh, contemporary vibe. To explore more of Stölzl's work and learn about her incredible life, visit guntastolz.org!

 Slit Tapestry Red/Green, c. 1927/28 (below are watercolor studies for this tapestry)

 Slit Tapestry Red/Green, c. 1927/28 (below are watercolor studies for this tapestry)

One of Gunta's studies for a fabric design

One of Gunta's studies for a fabric design

Portrait of Gunta Stölzl from 1927

Portrait of Gunta Stölzl from 1927

Design for a Jacquard woven wall hanging, 1927

Design for a Jacquard woven wall hanging, 1927

I spy... by Britt Howard

PGF is a space for making. We get to dive in and work closely on the development and production stages of the various pieces we manufacture. Once a project is completed it leaves PGF and takes on a new life. But sometimes we get to meet them again in the real world, like the Highwaisted Jumpsuit in blue denim from PGF HouseLine's spring/summer 2014 line. This rad number was spotted at World Pride Week 2014 in Toronto and ended up on fashionmagazine.com

photo // Green Space

photo // Green Space

 
A page from PGF HouseLine SS14 lookbook 

A page from PGF HouseLine SS14 lookbook 

SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: NICK CAVE by Britt Howard

Artist Nick Cave (no, not the singer!), has been creating his intriguing, wearable "Soundsuits" since 1992. The first rendition was made from sticks that Cave collected during the time of the LA riots, after Rodney King, a black taxi driver, was beaten by LA police. As a black American man, those events hit Cave at the core, and that first suit became a sort of conceptual layer of protection, a "second skin," or a suit of armor. The idea of the "Soundsuit" came after he tried on the initial piece and noticed the sound the twigs made as he moved. Thus began a series of Soundsuits in various materials—some colorful, shaggy and soft, others full of converging patterns and textures. While they are stunning when shown still, they become even more amazing in motion. When activated by the performer, they recall rituals and ceremonies, though not tied to a specific place or culture, but rather as a confluence of many influences and materials. Cave's Soundsuits led him towards sculptures and installations that like the Soundsuits, take familiar found elements to make uncharted and refreshingly unknown objects and environments. 

Installation image from Nick Cave's current show Until at MASS MoCA 

Installation image from Nick Cave's current show Until at MASS MoCA 

Installation view from Nick Cave's 2013 show Sojourn at the Denver Art Museum  

Installation view from Nick Cave's 2013 show Sojourn at the Denver Art Museum  

Nick Cave with one of his Soundsuits / photo: Saverio Truglia, Chicago Tribune

Nick Cave with one of his Soundsuits / photo: Saverio Truglia, Chicago Tribune

80s & 90s BIZ LADY PROFILE: ANGELA BOWER by Britt Howard

Name: Angela Bower (played by Judith Light)
Title: Advertising Executive
Quote: Sadly, no memorable ones to speak of...Why is that? 
Love life: Serious Angie and her laid back "manny" (played by Tony Danza) prove that opposites certainly do attract, and their tension made for good TV. But we're always left hanging, wondering "did they live happily ever after??" 
Woes: Angela's mom, Mona, whose sex life is off the hook and up in everyone's business. 
Then: Thought she was a bit uptight!

Now: Honestly, all we can think about is how Angela's character is completely flat compared to Judith Light's portrayal of Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent! We can only hope that these two shows are markers of how far we've come in terms of gender roles and norms. 

WARM & FUZZY by Britt Howard

The PGF ladies with their bouquets 

The PGF ladies with their bouquets 

The ladies of PGF are an eclectic blend of styles, cultures, and personalities. This mix is what makes PGF a special place to be and work. To celebrate the holidays this year, we invited florist Erin Howe to lead us in a floral arranging workshop. We got our fingers sticky with eucalyptus sap as we filled our bouquets with festive greenery, flowers, and berries. It was especially fun to see how everyone's arrangements, although made from the same ingredients, were completely unique, reflecting our individual spirits. We are so grateful for one another! Happy Holidays from PGF! 

SOFT SCULPTURE SURVEY: CHARLES LEDRAY by Britt Howard

Charles LeDray's installation work, MENS SUITS (2006-2009)

Charles LeDray's installation work, MENS SUITS (2006-2009)

It takes a moment to comprehend and absorb the fascinating work of artist Charles LeDray. His piece MENS SUITS (2006–2009) consists of three installations filled with handmade miniatures of men's clothing and the makings of a thrift shop. One of the sections appears to be the basement of the thrift shop, empty hangers, bins and laundry bags of clothing wait to be sorted and displayed. LeDray, ever the detail-oriented maker, has even placed dust on the ceiling to conjure that musty atmosphere. In another section, LeDray presents the thrift store display—two round garment racks, one of men's suit jackets, the other button up shirts, and a messy table piled with clothing. LeDray's work is a marvel of craftmanship, each item carefully handmade and considered. His use of scale also brings up issues of male identity as the viewer hovers over the display of lifeless (and in the case of the thrift store, rejected) costumes of every day life. 

THIS wonderful short video offers a curator's walkthrough of MENS SUITS from LeDray's 2011 exhibition, Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork, at the Whitney Museum.

Detail of the tiny clothing all handmade by LeDray

Detail of the tiny clothing all handmade by LeDray

Tiny coat hangers made from resin 

Tiny coat hangers made from resin 

Installation view from the Bass Museum of Art gives a sense of the scale

Installation view from the Bass Museum of Art gives a sense of the scale

80s & 90s BIZ LADIES PROFILE: ELAINE BENES by Britt Howard

Name: Elaine Benes
Title: Copywriter & temporary boss lady at J. Peterman Catalog
Memorable Traits: She's blunt, and like all the Seinfeld characters, supremely self-serving and hilarious. And of course there's her spastic "chicken dance"! 
Quote: "Here's to those who wish us well and those who don't can go to hell." Also love: "I'm not a lesbian! I hate men but I'm not a lesbian!" 
Love life: She plays the field with a diverse array of suitors—Jerry, David Puddy (8 ball!), The Wiz, famous baseball player Keith Hernandez, and many other less memorable men. 
Woes: Too many to count, every episode presents a plethora (usually people) including: her checked out boss J. Peterman, The Sidler, The Soup Nazi, Puddy, and all of her friends—remember when she ditched the crew only to take up with a cast of bizarro world friends? 
Then: Always wondered how she could stand the all male and quite honestly, very strange friend group. 

Now: Quote her all the dang time and her 90s style is BACK with vengeance and we're not complaining. 

THE NEXT PRECEDENT // SILENT AUCTION @ SPARTAN SHOP FOR GIRLS INC by Britt Howard

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CALLING ALL FRIENDS IN PORTLAND & AUSTIN: Please join us this Wednesday, November 30th (5-8PM) for a silent auction at Spartan Shop with all proceeds going to support Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be smart, strong, and bold. PGF has fittingly donated the Howard Blazer, an oversized drapey blazer-inspired smock jacket in the softest woven fabric—Pantsuit Nation, anyone?! 

Bid on the Howard Blazer to support empowerment & education for all girls 

Bid on the Howard Blazer to support empowerment & education for all girls 

UPDATE! The Next Precedent raised over $10k for Girls Inc! Thank you to Currie at Spartan Shop for making this happen!