Saturday, July 31, 2010

Art Show Opening Recap: Jade Kuei & Beyond the Brambles

On Friday, July 23rd, Kanibal Home was honored to host a reception for the art opening of Jade Kuei's "Beyond the Brambles". The art itself will be on display in the shop until August 23rd, but the event was really a special night. From a custom window design to tote bags and all kinds of goodies, there was a lot of effort, thought and creativity put into this party. For me it was amazing to lend Jade a hand and help out with some last-minute details. It was pretty inspiring to get a peak into the life and process of an artist I really admire. In addition to working with Jade, the very talented Melanie McLean also played a huge part in pulling this event together -- from photos to video, this local lady has a passion for her craft that seems bottomless. I kinda wonder is these ladies ever sleep.

(Jade working on installing the window. Everything ties back to her character William, a slightly misunderstood werewolf. Jade wanted to have the window be a peak into William's home ... to tie into one of her paintings and Kanibal Home's furnishings theme.)

(Jade created custom wallpaper as a backdrop.)

(Getting it just right ...)

(Putting up the sheer curtains to frame the window ...)

(I hung up mini decorative frames with scanned black and white images from Jade's show to simulate William's family portraits.)

(This really blew my mind. I really wanted wood floors down in the window. I played with the idea of using my new circular saw to actually cut some recycled boards, but together we decided on laying down cardboard. Then Jade free handed wood grain with a thick black marker. The result? AMAZING.)

(It's finally coming together. William's table is set up.)

(A prop in the window: William's toy. Something silly to show his wolf side.)

(It's really the details that make this window so special. Above = William's writing pad with real notes and tea stains. His bone behind the tea cup ... a little hint at his wild side.)

(The frustrated writer.)

(Because we weren't tackling enough projects, I also suggested creating custom tote backs to give away at the opening event. Above = the sketch from Jade. Below = the final product.)

(So once the window was up, we moved onto crafting a scene around where Jade's artwork would be hanging on the wall. I really wanted her work to be more interactive, but tie in with the look and feel of the shop.)

(Part of the final product: The art is hung. The window is finished. Totes are printed. And the scene is set.)

Here's a look at some of the art. I would highly recommend popping by the shop and checking it out in person, though. Jade is a master of details and these pictures don't do her work any justice.

(The man and the myth.)

(Look familiar?)

FYI: Although some of the works have already sold, there are some that are still available for purchase. In addition, Jade created a full case of custom jewelry to complement the show:

And now the fun part: The opening party!

(The artist.)

A special thanks to Jade Kuei for all her time, effort and talent. And to Melanie McLean for being an amazing friend, photographer and businesswoman.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Eye Candy: A Look Around

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Sales & New Tanks, Tees and Dresses

So we've been pretty busy over here at Kanibal Home. In addition to plotting to take over the world (we kid), the crazy kids at Kanibal had been prepping for last Friday's art show (pictures to be posted tomorrow) and plotting about some surprises that will be revealed soon.

In the meantime, we've also put out an amazing 20% off rack to celebrate summer (yes, it's coming to an end ... at least in the retail world) and we've added five styles to the new items areas. From herringbone frames to fashion, we've got a little bit of everything going on right now. Here's a taste:

(White jean skirts are perfect for our sailor fantasies.)

(We've stocked this dress in black, but the above photo shows the details better: A fitted bottom with zipper pockets and a looser fitting top. The back mirrors the front with a wide V cut.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Beyond the Brambles: 7.23.10

Kanibal Home is pleased to present Beyond the Brambles, featuring media artist, designer, illustrator and animator Jade Kuei. In connection with MAKE MY CITY Week and Contaminate NYC,the show will open on July 23rd at 7pm with a reception sponsored by Bar Majestic.

As background, Jade has made a name for herself in Jersey City as an animator and imaginative multi-media artist. She draws upon nature, her dreams and her 5-year-old son’s super powers for inspiration.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday to celebrate this local artist's work. Eat, drink, take home some great giveaways and help support the Jersey City community.

PS: A BIG thank you to our lovely neighbors Bar Majestic for supplying sangria and some surprises as well as the very talented Melanie McLean, who busted her butt putting all this together.