In 2021, I was invited to be part of a group installation hosted by The Numberz FM, Aux Mute Gallery and The Portland Art Museum located in Portland, OR. The collaborators consist of an industrial engineer @bennuco, product designer @caylaustin and ceramic artist @sissy.moon and @malcolmm_nxt. Together we came up with the concept of a rooftop fascide that doubles as a performance area for musical events. The goal was to create a welcoming space to relax, vibe and access your dreams. Ben (from bennuco.com) designed the Tascam M-2600 display case desk which includes adjustable sit-stand base. This custom DJ table is the heart of the instillation. He built the framework of our art nouveau inspired beach chairs. Something you might see at a rooftop party in a dream.
After construction, Ben color stained the chairs to feel like Indigo. It took a few days of staining with multiple layers and they came out great.
Cayl and I focused on designing the cushions. I used a heavy 100% Cotton Duck Canvas and a 100% Cotton Ripstop for the pipping. All the fabrics were locally sourced. I did a Indigo overdye to create a vibrant faded effect. The pillows feel like they have been sitting on the roof under the hot summer sun for months.
This is picture of some freshly dipped fabric using my custom dyeing rack. Works extremely well dip dyeing multiple yards of fabric. I can control the fabric better for sharper lines and better blends.
Cayl, the lead product designer, worked between Ben and I to get everything production ready. He was the perfect go-between. He helped us stay on target as we worked in our separate studios.
Cayl designed these removable side pouches with canvas, blue webbing and my hand dyed Ripstop for a little color pop.