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For inquiries, please contact Ava at hello [!at] avaloveshop.com

Ava is a poet self-publishing her work one poem and metaphor at a time.
if poetry moves you, check out www.avamhu.com

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About avalove shop:

After 7 years of selling on the streets of SoHo and at local streetfairs and markets in NYC, avalove is now open in Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market where 30 artists and designers come together to sell their wares.

It's super exciting to find a home where avalove customers who have followed avalove's treasure map of pop-up shops…

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  • Joined November 2, 2005

Favorite materials

Petals, feathers, wings, spring, ink, silkscreen, cotton, botanic, girl, heart, poetry, art

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avalove
avalove shop

About

For inquiries, please contact Ava at hello [!at] avaloveshop.com

Ava is a poet self-publishing her work one poem and metaphor at a time.
if poetry moves you, check out www.avamhu.com

+pinterest.com/avaloveshop
+instagram @avaloveshopnyc
+like us: facebook.com/avaloveshop

• • • 

About avalove shop:

After 7 years of selling on the streets of SoHo and at local streetfairs and markets in NYC, avalove is now open in Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market where 30 artists and designers come together to sell their wares.

It's super exciting to find a home where avalove customers who have followed avalove's treasure map of pop-up shops for so many years can find us 7 days a week, and to finally have the opportunity to curate a concept shop. Ava views this shop like a set decorator, creating a stage for performance, and the concept is: magic.

Handmade gear is a part of living the dream: the artist dreams when they make their work, and you buying it helps support them to live their dream. It's a wonderful give and take. Each piece means much more when the value and magic of the work is understood in this way.

Ava's concept for this shop is magic! Each piece is an exchange of magic: an exchange of one dream for another. We hope everyone walks away from the shop with a little extra sparkle, and the inspiration to go and live their dream!

For avalove, it's about transforming everyday moments into moments that transcend with the hope that everyone who wears avalove has a a-ha moment, where they believe magic is real!

Ava views her prints as works of art and the clothing as the canvas. The goal is to elevate the wearer. There are lucky bluebird tees to bring good luck, or peacock prints to give a holy darshan to the wearer, a dreamcatcher to catch your dreams, a lotus flower to open your heart. The intention is always elevation.

avalove pieces are all hand-printed and limited-edition collector's items.
Our cut-and-sew line is handmade by the talented Olivia Barrand who also sews costumes for Broadway shows in New York.

This is a labor of love - You are supporting a small local nyc designer in a sweatshop free, positive work environment.

The motto: to inspire and be inspired! And to create positive products for people to wear, and feel positive in!

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Interview:

How did you get into t-shirt design?:

One peacock feather, a Japanese gocco, an ex-boyfriend who knew how to make silkscreens at home, a New York sales tax ID number, a little table set up in SoHo, and a nervous creative tick that needs to be expressed.

Where do you look to for inspiration?:

Branches, bodies of water, fields of city flowers, birds and botanics, feathers of all shapes and sizes, nature, nature, and more nature. Poetry inspires the metaphor of the visual images so often the shirts tell stories. Like a drawing in a journal. Or a photograph in a photo album. Marks some kind of place in time in my history mapped out by image.

What are you hoping to say with your line?:

I view my prints as works of art and my body of clothing as the canvas. Each print is considered a lithograph. With a master's in poetry, I self-publish my poetry on shirts. A poet's got to make a living somehow. Wink.

I'm trying to take the typical bread and butter t-shirt print and make it into the unexpected, printing on more interesting bodies ready to wear and to make clothes into art we can hang in a gallery, housewares like duvet covers and surfboards as things you hang in museums. i like to collaborate with other artists and designers. Collaboration makes the world grow round.

I'm working on the idea of maintaining a business with a consciousness, whether it's making people happy and feel pretty and positive in my pieces, or creating awareness about a social or political issue, or helping someone be inspired to live their dream.

It's a very small company, nothing is mass produced, everything is printed in Bushwick Brooklyn, and I maintain that it's handmade, limited edition, made with heart, and a dream.

Why should people buy handmade?:

Plain and simple, it's good for the earth.

Buying handmade is buying with consciousness and promoting business with consciousness. Not only is it supporting small business, which hopefully is sweat-shop free, positive, happy, Earth-friendly environment, creating less waste than a large mass produced line, but also, supports someone's dream, and helps keep things person to person and personal. Handmade gear is a part of living the dream: the artist dreams when they make their work, and you buying it, helps support them to live their dream. It's a wonderful give and take. Each piece then means much more when the value and magic of the work is understood in this way.

What does it mean to be an artist in New York? Does your location have a big influence on your work?:

Funny thing is: most of my work arrives from a botanical or natural source. I think because New York is so metal, cement, grounding: it often sends me daydreaming about woods, seawater, the desert in the southwest, and so these prints are almost dream prints from these daydreams.

Advice?:

You can live your dream, whatever that is. It's up to you to create it and be brave enough to live, eat, and breathe it.

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