Ziggy Stardust, The Earl of Ear, an alien, a muse, and a goblin king. David Bowie was everything and anything, and he continues to be an inspiration for more than one AVER member. As our humble way of honoring the man who sold the world AVER would like to take this time to highlight the myriad ways Bowie has made our lives more magical.
A while back our very own Laura Cohen had an exhibition of some of her work at the Buffalo Exchange on Valencia and 23rd. She asked me to make the labels for the 10 pieces she had, and I happily obliged. I always enjoy making things based on pre-existing art, objects, and concepts. Rather than act as restrictions, boundaries and parameters more often than not help guide me and allow me to more easily explore possibilities. This is true whether what I'm making is also art, or a design of some other sort.
In the first of what we hope to be a series of AVER member interviews, we step back from the our creative endeavors and examine our personal roots; the memories, stories, and anecdotes that shape our work. Every person has a different tale to tell, and the AVER members are no exception.
Aver was recently asked to help rebrand Washington DC-based craft beer and wine store 1412 Hops & Vine as Pipetown Traders. Local wines, an unrivaled beer selection, multiple taps for growler fills and special monthly events, such as classes on ciders from across the world as well as on champagnes and sparkling wines, distinguish Pipetown Traders amongst its competitors.
At the end of last month Aver held two different workshops aimed straight at the crafty section of the brain. One of which was the Mission District edition of our first photo safari (lead by Laura Cohen, Mission local/surrealist photographer), the other was a field trip to collect supplies from the 50th Annual Big Book Sale at Fort Mason and then a full on collaborative collage session at lovely home of Travis White (our own filmmaking fiend). How did it go? Well we've got a detailed report on the proceedings below
A while back when we were still getting ready for our launch, we had one of our collective meetings at TechShop. One of the most interesting machines at TechShop is the laser cutter. They are the most used machines there and also one of the easiest to learn. If you can draw a line on the computer, then you can take it to the laser cutter and etch or cut it out without difficulty. I've been working at TechShop for about a year and had gotten quite familiar the laser cutters. I'm sure some of you reading have one of my coasters sitting at home. Naturally, we took some time to play around with the lasers and make some cool stuff.