MAKESHIFT + ART RUBY
Olga Rei and Valentine Uhovski are stepsiblings and creators of Art Ruby, a daily art bulletin that presents art of all disciplines to readers around the world in an approachable, open format.
Art Ruby is a hub for relevant news, exhibits, designers, and innovations in and around the art world. Olga and Valentine created the site with an objective of bringing together different disciplines under one virtual roof and creating an environment where art can be viewed, discussed, and shared. Their overarching goal is to create a space where “the multi-faceted and intricate art world doesn’t seem so intimidating.” The two are a natural fit for the MAKESHIFT discussions on intersecting multiple disciplines for the benefit of all, as they profess their desire to explore the larger relationships between and among art, fashion, and pop culture. As the internet can be a great democratizer, Olga and Valentine want to use their platform to help readers experience art every day, from anywhere in the world.
Additionally, Valentine acts as Fashion Evangelist for Tumblr and sees part of his role as bringing diversity to the online fashion community. Because Tumblr is a versatile platform that attracts users from all backgrounds, content from an independent blogger has potential to reach as many users as does content from an award-winning designer.
The two collaborated on this tote as a way to participate in the global MAKESHIFT conversation. Last year, Alabama Chanin, Heath Ceramics, and The Standard proudly partnered with Tumblr to expand the reach of the MAKESHIFT project globally.
Each MAKESHIFT participant’s completed tote can be viewed as part of the MAKESHIFT image quilt.
MAKESHIFT + JACK SANDERS
Long-time friend and artist Jack Sanders is also an architect, filmmaker, and baseball enthusiast. He is the founder of Design Build Adventure, a full-service “design, build, and adventure company” that focuses on collaboration.
I first met Jack when he was a student of Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee of the Rural Studio. I sent him a box of t-shirts (which he never returned) in the hopes that I could convince Rural Studio to come up to Florence and build us a production facility. (It turns out that work outside of the Black Belt wasn’t possible.) But Jack (then known as “Jay”) and I remained friends. Years later, he co-produced a feature-length documentary on Sambo, called Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio which won many accolades.
As you may remember, our MAKESHIFT initiative asks the questions: How do we define and transform the intersection of fashion, food, design, craft + DIY through innovation and collaboration for the better good? How can varied disciplines work together as one?
Design Build Adventure’s work and mission embodies the foundations of MAKESHIFT and explores how design and place are related, investigating the relationships between and among people, materials, music, food, climate, and region. Sanders participated in the global MAKESHIFT conversation by creating this tote for our Image Quilt. He also welded a custom steel hook for his bag. The tote is hand-dyed and features a print of Design Build Adventure’s “Tortilla Moon” design sewn onto the tote.
Jack is also a member of The Texas Playboys, a collective of architects, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and other creative individuals based in Austin, Texas, that visited The Shoals last year – challenging Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid to a (mostly) friendly baseball game.
View more submissions to the MAKESHIFT Image Quilt here.
MAKESHIFT + PHILLIP MARCH JONES
Phillip March Jones is an artist, photographer, and author of the photo essay book, Points of Departure. He runs the non-profit gallery, venue, and publishing house, Institute193 in Lexington, Kentucky, and curates shows in the U.S. and Europe for various artists, including Lina Tharsing’s recent exhibit of new paintings at Poem 88 in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s also a regular contributor to the Alabama Chanin Journal.
Phillip joined the global MAKESHIFT conversation about the intersection of fashion, food, music, design, craft, and DIY by crafting the above MAKESHIFT tote for the Image Quilt. The tote is hand-drawn in acrylic ink (and is one of our favorites).