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Voyager presents: OPEN AIR MUSEUM Pop Up & Opening party




 

 

We are so excited and proud to present, Open Air Museum, our June Pop Up at both the LA & SF shops!
 
OPEN AIR MUSEM takes simplicity and brings it to a whole new level. With an expertise in textile design and an obsession with sustainable materials and concious process, Shea Christner's exquisite taste shows in every single stitch.  
Made in USA with natural materials, OAM pieces are made to be worn, enjoyed lived. As the best things in life, this pieces get only better with time !


Please, come by Friday June 2nd in San Francisco, and Saturday June 10th in Los Angeles, and join us for the party presentation of this incredible brand.
 
There will be drinks, tunes, beautiful clothes plus Shea will be there !
 
See you ALL !




Open Air Musem POP UP Opening Party

 
SAN FRANCISCO


Friday June, 2nd


6PM - 9PM


365 Valencia St, San Francisco


&


LOS ANGELES

Friday June 10th


1PM - 5PM


300 S. Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles





Dialogue Series No.13 / Open Air Museum


The first time I laid my eyes on Shea Christner's beautiful pieces I had a revelation, how can something so incredibly simple looking have so much depth to it. Then, after meeting her and hearing her talk about her process everything made sense.

With a BFA in textiles from Savannah College of Art & Design, Shea's training and knowledge of fiber, textiles and traditional techniques is the key to all of it. Sustainability being the motor in her creative process as well as her focus on conscious sourcing for wearables, gives her beautiful line life.  OAM is a label that breathes around the slow fashion movement- conscious consumerism of sustainable, long-lasting, effortless fashion. 

 

 

 

Marta: Hi Shea ! I have to start saying how excited I am about this pop up ! I just love the simplicity yet intricacy of all of your designs, I can't wait to wear them all ! Well, I always like to start asking the same thing, how did it all start? How did Open Air Museum come to life?

Shea: I studied textiles in college as I was really drawn to the primitive techniques and history surrounding the art of material. My work always leaned more toward tangible application - things you can use and wear, and my interest in textiles really took root when I began to research and create with sustainability at the forefront. I built my thesis around workwear garments made from natural materials. From there, it was really just a matter of time before Open Air Museum began. After college, my creative ambitions all began to center around garments, and one day I realized I couldn't wait any longer to start paving the path for what OAM is today

M: And I can see that in your designs but more than that in your exquisite taste in fabrics. I always say that I could buy with my eyes closed just feeling the texture and the weight of the materials, it is so important to me! That and the idea of sustainability together is just magic! Did you always know fashion and apparel design was what you wanted to do?

J: No! I have always been very over-stimulated in terms of art. There are many art forms I could enjoy and see myself pursuing as a career. When I started making garments in college, it was more for utilitarian purposes as it gave a voice to the material I was constructing. The more I worked with garments, the more I realized it was the strongest application for allowing my ideas to take shape and form into a holistic brand.

 


 


M: I couldn't feel more identified with your process, I love shape and pattern making, but to me it all always starts with a fabric, that is why I feel going to fabric stores is my favorite thing to do, and from there start imagining shapes, and drapes and volumes... it is all such a magical process! Besides the fabric, how does it all start for you, what are the first steps when creating a new design? What is the first inspiration that set’s all in motion?

S: I don't really have a formula! I find that my approach tends to be different for each new collection. My first collection was a response to styles and shapes that were interesting to me personally... things I wanted to own! From there, after having a few collections behind me, I am able to evaluate what styles have been the most successful. Many times I will take a piece that was interesting and break it down into a new shape or style. For me, the best way to come by inspiration is being open minded and relaxed - not trying to force anything. I find that my best ideas come when I am not even working or trying to come up with anything brilliant. I might be eating a taco, and suddenly, something great comes to the surface 

M: Definitely! I feel most of the times, the best things in life come when you are least expecting it, when you are not even thinking about them and that is the biggest beauty about any creative process! I love the idea of deconstructing a garment to build something new out of it, that idea of giving something that is important to you a new meaning is so interesting to me. Is that part of what you feel Open Air Museum's heart and soul is about? How would you describe in a few words what Open Air Museum is? What are the fundaments of it? And what keeps you motivated to continue doing what you do?

S: An artful approach to quotidian wear. Open Air Museum gives a conceptual voice and spirit to sophisticated yet easy-going wear. It is natural, sculptural and guided by ethics in sustainability and quality.

Motivation is a tricky thing to keep hold of, especially when running your own business. It's not as glam as it seems. However, I feel very connected to this brand and the concepts that fuel it. Connectivity is something we all search for, especially in terms of our vocation. So I think holding onto why I started this brand, and opening myself up to the joy and challenge of it, is what keeps me up and at em.

 


 


 

M: Absolutely!! That idea of being true and never forgetting why it all started is something I always look for when researching for new brands to carry at the shop, that cohesiveness to the heart and soul of the designer is so extremely important to me... on the other hand I always wonder what is that you look for in retail spaces for them to carry Open Air Museum, and I guess more than that I am always curious, why did you choose Voyager for a pop up and us for hosting and carrying your beautiful line? 

S: Voyager feels like home! The shop has a beautiful and defined aesthetic that complements the nature of our pieces so effortlessly. The collaborative spirit of the shop is something we embrace within our own brand, so it is very exciting to come together and celebrate the unifying principles of our two brands.

 

 

M: Aww thank you ! Saying that the shops feel "like home" is the biggest compliment that you can give us! One of the more important things for us is that all of our customers and brands feel the shop as a safe space, to be themselves, to be creative and more than anything to create... that is why collaboration is such an important part of who we are, so thank you for saying that, it really means a lot !! We are always wondering what the future might bring, how do you see OAM in I don't know, 10 years? What are your long term goals with it? What would you like the future of the brand to be…

S: It feels more fitting to just say "in the coming years", a few things that come to mind would be for Open Air Museum to be more established internationally. My goal is less to get into X amount of stores, but more so to be respected in the community and well curated in the shops that best represent our identity as a brand. I would like to keep our operations and team as small and connected as possible, while still delivering high quality wearables.
Soon, I would like to return to my background and develop some of our own textiles, and in general just be more connected to the primitive art practices that brought the brand to being.

 

M: Yes please!! Your own textiles! I can not wait to see that in action! 

Thanks so much Shea for taking the time and chatting with me, I am so excited for the pop up and more than anything for our Party this coming Friday in SF, and next Saturday in LA! Please ALL DON'T MISS IT!! Special pieces and tons of new stuff at Open Air Museum Pop Up for the whole month of June!

But first! come by this Friday, June 2nd to meet Shea, shop the incredible pieces, grab a drink, dance to the tunes and enjoy the first pop up of the summer!

 

 

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All picture courtesy of Open Air Museum

Behind the Scenes: Yukinori Maeda | COSMIC WONDER Founder / Contemporary Artist

Cosmic Wonder is one of our all time favorite brands; it's no secret that we have always admired their methods, their ethos, and we have a profound respect of their manufacturing process. But what makes Cosmic Wonder truly special is the heart and soul behind it: contemporary artist, Yukinori Maeda.

Our friend Robert Patterson had a very interesting conversation with him, about art, fashion and what Cosmic Wonder is all about.

 

 

Robert Patterson: What are some of your favorite memories from the journey?

とても大切な旅の記憶はいくつかありますか?

Yukinori Maeda: We had the one important journey – we came to the Earth from the universe.

とても大切な旅はひとつ、宇宙から地球にきたことです。

 




RP: Who are you designing for?

あなたは誰のために、デザインをしていますか?

YM: I’m designing for those who love Cosmic Wonder.

Cosmic Wonderを愛する人のためにデザインをしています。

 

RP: Over the decades has this changed?


それは時を経て、変わっていきましたか?

YM: It has changed with the evolution of the Earth.

地球の進化とともに変化してきました。

 

 



RP: How do you make choices regarding materials used in collections?

あなたがコレクションで使用する素材についてどのようにえらびますか?

YM: I choose materials that are produced through the beautiful process.
Particularly, hand-spun natural cotton, organic cotton, organic linen, hemp, ramie (choma), mountain wool, silk, vegetable tanned leather, and white tanned leather rubbed with salt, etc. I also like to use vegetable dyes and sumi-dyed gray for these materials.

素材の制作される行程が美しいもの。

主に、手紡ぎ自然栽培コットン、オーガニックコットン、オーガニックリネン、

大麻布、苧麻、山岳羊毛、シルク、ベジタブルタンニンレザー、

塩で鞣した白なめしたレザーなど。それらを草木染め墨染めなどすることも好んでいます。

RP: Existing materials vs making new materials?

今まで使ってきている素材 と あたらしく出会った素材では? 何か違いがありますか?

YM: I like natural fabric very much now. Natural fabric is a textile that is made out of grass fibers or wood fibers by weaving. Fabrics from grass include hemp (taima), ramie (choma or karamushi), arrowroot (kudzu), and Japanese fiber banana (bashou).
Fabrics from wood include Japanese linden (shina), Manchurian Elm (ohyou), wisteria (fuji), and mulberry (kaji or kouzo).

Although each production is different, the process begins with mowing plants, then stripping off the bark, getting rid of lye, fermenting, carefully removing fibers, twining (itoumi), and finally weaving on a loom.

In the past, people used to make such fabric on the side of working in the fields. In our performance of the 20th anniversary Ryugu koromo from Genshi-fu; we produced clothes made of such fabric.

いまは自然布がとても好きです。

自然布は草や木から繊維を取り出し糸にして織りあげた布です。

草は大麻、からむし、葛、芭蕉。木は科(しな)、オヒョウ、藤、梶(カジ)、楮など。

それぞれ制作の行程はそれぞれ違いますが、草木を刈り取り、樹皮をはぎ取り、灰汁(アク)炊

きや発酵などをさせ、丁寧に繊維を取り出し、糸績み(イトウミ)をして、機にかけて織り上げ

ます。

昔は畑仕事をしながら、そのような布を作っていました。

20周年記念のパフォーマンス「竜宮衣 原始ノ布」はそのような布による衣裳を制作しました。

 

 

 

 

RP: What is the silhouette and cut of clothing that Cosmic Wonder is aiming for?  

Cosmic Wonderが目指している衣のシルエットやカッティングはどのようなものでしょうか。

YM: We keep a space in mind. We aim for clothes that resound beautifully in our space.

空間のことを意識しています。

わたしたちの空間に美しく響く衣を目指しています。

RP: What is interplay between Yukinori Maeda's art practice and the Cosmic Wonder collection?

Yukinori Maeda'sの芸術活動の実践とCosmic Wonderのコレクションとの相互作用は何でしょ

うか。

YM: It allows us to contemplate the universe and experiment the impact on a space.

宇宙について思考すること、空間についての作用を試みること。

 

 

 



RP: Could you walk us through the role of light, water, fire and the basic elements in Cosmic Wonder?

Cosmic Wonderにおける光と水、火の基本的なエレメンツの役割を教えていただけますか。

YM: In particular, it is to pour light on those made of wood, earth, water, fire, wind, gold, and so on.

詳しく言えば、木、土、水、火、風、金などで出来上がったそれらに光を注ぐこと。

RP: What is the role of collaboration in Cosmic Wonder's process?  

Cosmic Wonderのプロセスの中でコラボレーションの役割は何でしょうか。

YM: It is to provide the pleasure of discovering the beauty of the universe from multiple perspectives.

宇宙の美しさを多角的に発見する喜び。

RP: Some of my favorite projects are the photobooks with Takashi Homma and I'm curious how you develop these collaborations.

私がフェイバリットなプロジェクトの幾つかはTahashi Hommaと行うプロジェクトです。

そして、それをどのようにしてこれが生まれるのかが知りたいです。

YM: Each time a project is born as if something is unloaded. A liberal, experimental atmosphere flows at times. The project with Takashi Homma is particularly special to us.

そのプロジェククトはいつも、なにかを降ろすように始まり生まれます。

自由な実験的な風も時にながれます。

ホンマタカシと行うプロジェクトはわたしたちにとって特別なことなのです。

 

 

 

 

 

RP: What is the interplay between the Cosmic Wonder clothing and the larger installations, art pieces, and events?

衣とインスタレーションとイヴェントの相互作用は何でしょうか。

YM: The interplay of each element and concept of clothing, installation art, and performances creates the enhanced whole, which allows us to perceive the beautiful universe.

衣、インスタレーション、パフォーマンス、それらにあるそれぞれの要素とコンセプトを重ね

ることで、幾十にもなった全体から美しい宇宙を感じさせること。

RP: What is the interplay between the past and the future for Cosmic Wonder?

Cosmic Wonderにとって過去と未来の相互作用は何でしょうか。

YM: It allows us to recognize that everything flows simultaneously.

全てが同時進行であることに気付くこと。

RP: What do the next 20 years hold for Cosmic Wonder?

Cosmic Wonderとって、これからの20年何を抱いていきますか?

YM: We will perfect geometric designs to bring us into harmony with the universe.

これからわたしたちは宇宙に帰る為に幾何学模様を完成させるでしょう。

 

 

 

 

Text by Robert Patterson in conversation with Yukinori Maeda

All images via Cosmic Wonder

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