The ocean is a constant source of inspiration for my art and I am pleased to bring new creations to the spotlight this March at Rosenblum Cellars. I’ll be presenting oil paintings, watercolors, and limited edition mixed media digital prints on canvas on display all of March 2017.
On March 11, Saturday from 4-7pm there will be an Artist Meet & Greet with an all sizes sustainable fashion show featuring water saving hemp!
As an artist and designer, joy infuses my philosophy, personality, and style. I possess a steely determination for activism as irresistible revolution. In art, music, and fashion, the impetus of my life is to find and express truth, beauty, joy and consciousness.
Following my bliss the last twenty years has led me on a winding journey which includes rave ‘zines, live electronic music performance, fabric collage, limited art furniture pieces and a retail store. I am currently art directing, styling, and designing ethical fashion while painting with oils, watercolors, and digital collage.
I have always been driven by a desire to integrate joy and beauty with conscious consumerism. I believe that life is better when happiness is lived in earnest. In the darkest of times, there are none more powerful than those who dare to bring forth light.
Please join us for this beautiful free event and shop art and fashion honoring Earth and Sea and happiness!
Hemp has gone hi-fashion again with another published work with my styling and designing efforts. The prosperity of this plant is multi-mega-extra-mucho. While my redundancy is unnecessary, I simply cannot over emphasize how double-thumbs-up it is and why it is truly a “golden field of prosperity for bank accounts and the environment”. Continue reading →
While that’s a lofty headline and sounds like a claim similar to the 90s diet pill fen-phen being great for your health, I am telling you the truth. And these pants will not be recalled by the FDA.
At this time last year, I rebranded Swankety Swank and launched the new website with the Hemp Collection. After a year of sewing samples, traveling around the country, getting opinions and testing fabrics, I am certain that the launch of the hemp fleece trousers are going to plant a seed that will change everything. You will never know a pants fabric that is more rugged, more cozy, smooth on the outside, “fleecy soft” on the inside and as long lasting as these. And you’ll only find them exclusively from Swankety Swank.
But first, here’s a photo of Rad in a Hemp Duster that is also being launched because doesn’t he look cool? When I told him at our photoshoot that I’d have him wear the duster with a tee that I cut up and would scrawl a positive and semi rebellious word that epitomizes his generation, he called it out. I knew it was perfect. That intuitive knowing from being in a high vibration creative flow state is always genius.
Why the word “feminist” is semi-rebellious is a story to be unpacked by better writers than I, and it goes along with the idea of hemp saving the world. The alignment of equality for women, equality for all humans, protecting our Earth, and healing it is all tied up with us- EACH of us as individuals! Continue reading →
Having been focused on ethical fashion since my conception of Swankety Swank as a bag maker in San Francisco circa 2003, I am noticing more and more momentum towards conscious consumerism. This is a good thing for global citizens of course. When all people are considered over profits, everyone wins. Continue reading →
The words “magic, sophistication, and modern” describe the jewelry designs of Claudia Kussano. When the elements of the Earth, an artist’s eye, and a maker’s mastery are combined, the quality of style is evident. Aligning with the values of Swankety Swank, Claudia seeks to evoke a symbiotic awareness of the world and our spiritual surroundings. See her work in the following images by Mercedes Abraham on Tiffany, our Brand Ambassador and my photos on the visit to Claudia’s beautiful shop in the Mission.
The Hemp Show was a sweet success with a happy crowd of interested buyers, enjoying Rosenblum wine and mixing with the energetic models wearing head-to-toe sustainable, luxurious fabrics! Continue reading →