cultureisland event // sweet as... // art + vintage pop-up

i have two events coming up in june -- the first is a pop-up with walk the west vintage and artist heather garland! i first came across walk the west at my greenpoint coffee shop, budin, where the company hosts monthly pop-ups. when i found out the owner was doing a month long pop-up in our neighborhood, i asked if i could bring some art into the space and immediately thought of heather's work. i only discovered heather's work a few months ago at her recent exhibit with honey ramka. heather's studio is also in greenpoint so we finally met during open studios. she's totally magical and i'm obsessed with her work -- it's so clever and playful and i love how she incorporates thrifted items and objects bought from 99cent stores. the inspiration for the event name came from a quote heather said about her work: “i am interested in things sounding or looking so sweet it almost hurts. i am interested in different conceptions of love and domesticity. in the sweetness of domestic life there can also be darkness and mystery.” i liked the idea of playing on the word sweet, since we are also partnering with weezy's ice cream.

more about our collaborative partners:

cultureisland: cultureisland is a passion project by sara r. radin in which sara curates events and collaborates with emerging creatives, brands and non-profits. this will be her 17th event since february 2015 and she has many more in the works.

+ walk the west: brooklyn and london based, walk the west stocks mostly all made in the usa vintage and american made goods like cuchara, a toronto based jewelry company, brooklyn made skincare by ellis and brooklyn poured soy candles.

+ heather garland: heather garland is a brooklyn based visual artist who received her mfa from pratt institute in 2010. her work brings together her obsession with hearts, flowers and rainbows along with her love for thrift store kitsch. she will be showcasing her series, "love is like a butterfly" in which narratives develop from applying oil paint and other adornments to collectable and functional plates. 

+ weezy's ice cream: weezy's cultured cow creamery was started by louise carter who, after a three-pint ice cream binge and one too many netflix food documentaries, pondered a world where the words “regret” and “guilt” didn’t exist. weezy’s is now a small batch premium ice cream company whose philosophy is ice cream that feels like you’re treating, not cheating. the brand uses only local ingredients and homemade mix-ins.

+ duke's liquor box: duke's sells all natural craft spirits with a strong focus in the best spirits they can get our hands on. they will be hosting a novo fogo tasting on this night.

* there will be free ice cream and special cocktails thanks to weezy's ice cream, duke's liquor box + novo fogo *

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