Your Store is a community building experiment disguised as a retail storefront. We chat with people in a neighborhood, record their stories on our vintage typewriters and display items that reflect what we hear in an empty storefront window.
The people from the neighborhood inspire the hand-made objects, animations and drawings we produce. Open 24 hours a day, the Your Store window eliminates retail blight and brings the communities voice to the streets in a neighborhood.
There's much much more at YOURSTORE! Established 2013 in collaboration with artist Sarah Klein (project ongoing)
Images from the first Your Store display shown in San Francisco's Mission District neighborhood 2004
Forget money! Experience the Trade-O-Mat. Trade your unique skills, goods or services for a one-of-a-kind art piece.
How does it work? Fill out a trade request and drop it in the slot below the artwork you want. Each Trade-O-Mat artist reviews the requests and chooses someone to trade with. The Trade-O-Mat is a new form of “vending”, an antidote to mechanized retail experiences that promotes community engagement between makers of objects and those who value them.
36” L x 30” H x 12” D Recycled Wood Shown in multiple locations since 2011
Non*mart originally opened as an art show, design studio and shop in a storefront/gallery (San Francisco 2009) and encouraged artists to use post-consumer waste and repurposed materials to create new goods and services.
By replacing traditional consumerism with a simple barter system, non*mart questions our currency based, consumer driven economy.
Even without the original storefront location, non*mart continues to explore ideas about art, bartering and community building through other projects, workshops and events.
Established 2009 Images show the original non*mart installation
Community seed swap Bring some seeds, take some seeds.
Inside the first non*mart Amazing artist made Items on display ready to be swapped
non*mart visitors beat the crowds on the biggest shopping day of the year with a day of swapping, instead of shopping. "Buy Nothing Day" sauerkraut making workshop with blogger Eric Smilie.
No need to feel aesthetically deficient during the holidays, non*mart artists were on hand for a day-long celebration working with visitors to make artwork on the spot.
Make a Cardboard Wallet (with Airbnb San Francisco) A non*mart sponsored workshop. Find out more on the non*martwebsite.
The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco hosted a workshop in celebration of China's Terracotta Warriors. Visitors worked together with artists using recycled materials to construct personal armor and accessories inspired by the iconic terracotta warriors.
With Handful of Salt, Workshop Residence, The Crucible, and SCRAP among others. 2013
IS IT FAR, LA MER?
Traveling from New york to California, a group of French artists set out to explore the country, collecting impressions, sound, video and interviews along the way.
Part road show, part musical theater, part art installation, these images document a short performance that used the car as an ampliphier and a makeshift stage to explore the concept of the “American Dream”.
Collaboration with Theatre l'envers Rennes, France. Sculpture & environment by Kathryn Kenworth. Sound and music by Julie Sellier 2010
PROMENONS-NOUS VERS OU? LET'S WALK?
The city of Rennes, France is transforming a former military site into a new neighborhood and commissioned artists to investigate the process of this transformation.
Working with theatre a l’envers, we created a self-guided walking tour based on the idea of memorializing the history of the existing site while questioning concept of neighborhood and home.