Baby Teeth Art House invaded HH Coatl and SB Kosinski’s eclectic studio in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn and we set up our work for a studio visit yesterday. Here are some images!
Paintings by Joseph Eggleston
Fiber works by Cassandra Holden
Works on Paper by Alfie Ljuljdjuraj
JaguarShoes v Jaguar Cars
For immediate release
CORPORATE GIANT APPLY PRESSURE TO INDEPENDENT LONDON ARTS COLLECTIVE
Automotive giant Jaguar / Land Rover has launched legal proceedings at the Trademarks Registry against the East London arts collective and bar, Jaguar Shoes.
Filing in opposition to their trademark application, car manufacturer, Jaguar claim that their reputation should be allowed to prevent the bar and arts organisation from protecting the name ‘Jaguar Shoes’, even in the arena of restaurants, bar, nightclub and gallery/design services.
Jaguar Shoes is a long-standing Shoreditch landmark and a brand that has become synonymous with creative East London; it features in the biggest Adidas UK TV campaign to date, a 60 second advert for the Olympics 2012 that aims to encourage creativity in British youth. This is a philosophy Jaguar Shoes has promoted since its inception in 2001.
The popular cafe bar & gallery has promoted over 600 talents in art, music and fashion via it’s venues and exhibitions and since it’s launch has been the recipient of much support from the media. Patrons have included Julian Barratt & Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Alexa Chung and Lauren Laverne, as well as international celebrities like Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst & Jason Leigh.
Musicians including Amy Winehouse, The Klaxons, Bobby Gillespie, Kylie Minogue, Chris Martin and Paloma Faith have been seen at JaguarShoes, while Just Jack and the Kaiser Chiefs have paid homage to the venue in their lyrics.
“This is a point of principle for us and we will do whatever it takes to preserve the name and reputation of Jaguar Shoes…the big corporates are perfectly within their rights to seek to preserve their legitimate rights, but this just amounts to irrational and inappropriate pressure which seems to us to be designed to keep the lawyers in business rather than any proper concern from Jaguar Cars to defend its brand.”
- Nick Letchford, co-owner and founder of JaguarShoes
Despite the varying fortunes of Shoreditch and ‘hipsters’ (the venue was the focal point of Vice magazine’s 2001 TOWIE parody, The Only Way Is Dalston) the popularity of JaguarShoes endures. It’s still a family business run by the brother and sister team who started the project on a £20000 personal loan, seeing no reason to spend any extra money replacing what to them seemed like a beautiful shop front, electing to leave the vintage signage that bequeathed the name Jaguar Shoes.
“We are a generation of consumers that are incredibly brand aware. JaguarShoes, the brand, is about the authenticity that exists in the vintage signage. That honesty is in everything we produce. It has taken years for us to get to this point and we have already experienced plagiarism, so we feel we need protection and that JAGUAR are being unreasonable.”
- Teresa Letchford, co-owner and founder of JaguarShoes
Jaguar’s UK website SEO description reads, “Our mission at Jaguar has been to create and build beautiful fast cars”. JaguarShoes have collaborated with many brands including Disney Buena Vista, Warner Bros, (for major film releases like Donnie Darko Kill Bill and Sin City) TOMS shoes, EASTPAK, Kettle One, Stella Artois and most recently Hemingway/HushPuppies. Brands that, as part of their marketing strategy have undertaken projects collaborating with the growing collective of ‘JaguarShoes’ artists, at their successful music and arts venues.
In view of the UK’s current financial climate, it is surprising that JAGUAR cars are not working with a young and vibrant business like JaguarShoes, who do not make or ever intend to make cars. JAGUAR are instead applying pressure by filing against a business which supports creativity, artists and the local economy.
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nick [at] jaguarshoes.com
Check this out: Depthcore
On this ‘check this out’ I’d like to draw your attention to this amazing art collective. It’s called depthcore and they create exhibitions in which they expose their art. These exhibition consist of a bunch of really awesome illustrations.
I know there are more of these art collectives which provide exhibitions as well but I just decided to spent some time describing this one. Or, atually, not so much describing them as letting you know about their existence and their work. Especially since they’re one of the largest collectives around, already having 42 exhibitions on their website.
Also they are an international art collective, meaning no matter where you’re from, you can always join their ranks if you’re skilled enough. And skilled you’ve got to be in order to become a part of this. These are seriously some of the most skilled illustration artists you can find online.Here are some examples of their amazing work:
These were four pieces from the last Depthcore exhibition called ‘Obsolete’. For more check out their full exhibition at http://depthcore.com/
*All credit for the pieces shown goes to Depthcore and the original artists of course.*
By the way, if you like this art collective you might also want to visit some other collectives and their exhibitions. Here’s some more sites:
Enjoy the exhibitions and I’ll hopefully see you around here.