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For inquiries, please contact Ava at avalovedesign [!at] gmail.com

avalove is a poet self-publishing her work one poem and metaphor at a time.
if poetry moves you, read www.ava-love.com

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avalove bio:

after 7 years of the working the streets, starting with a table in soho, to pop up tents in nyc at local streetfairs and markets, avalove is opening a pop up shop in the new artists…

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  • Joined November 2, 2005

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

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About

For inquiries, please contact Ava at avalovedesign [!at] gmail.com

avalove is a poet self-publishing her work one poem and metaphor at a time.
if poetry moves you, read www.ava-love.com

+pinterest.com/avaloveshop
+instagram @avaloveshopnyc
+like us: facebook.com/avaloveshop
+let us keep you up to date: bitly.com/avalovemail







avalove bio:

after 7 years of the working the streets, starting with a table in soho, to pop up tents in nyc at local streetfairs and markets, avalove is opening a pop up shop in the new artists & fleas concept market where 30 artists and designers come together to open a grande affair in the chelsea market.

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

avalove's 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 then means much more when the value and magic of the work is understood in this way.

so with this in mind, avalove's concept for this pop up shop is magic! each piece is an exchange of magic: an exchange of one dream for another dream. avalove hopes everyone walks away from the shop with a little extra sparkle, and inspiration to go and live their dream!

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

avalove view her prints as works of art and the body of clothing as the canvas. avalove's 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.

*the main attraction*

avalove designs includes her bread and butter tshirt collection with old favorite prints and a few new ones, all hand-printed and limited edition, as well as a new cut and sew line that we will launch throughout our stay at chelsea market. each piece will be super limited edition and collectors items.

crystal jewelry from casey rosenblum, a herkimer diamond miner and jewelry designer who wraps magic into his pieces will be carried, as well as creations by multi talented olivia barrand who also sews costumes for broadway shows in new york. olivia is also helping avalove actualize some new avalove cut and sew items. and assortment of other items from gem elixirs, to pendulums, to little mythical terrariums. each customer will be sent away with a magic penny, to make a wish with later.

The idea is that every day is a magic day!

decor will be enchanted forest of tree branches, one of a kind terrariums, a magical mr. deer, and you may even spot a unicorn!

this is a labor of love

for inquiries, please contact ava at msavalove [!at] gmail.com.
see www.ava-love.com for shop and poetry details.

BIO

avalove is a poet self-publishing her work on tees one poem and metaphor at a time.

if poetry moves you, read www.ava-love.com. i view my prints as works of art and my body of clothing as the canvas. Each print is considered a lithograph, hand-printed, and limited edition.

avalove does have a cut and sew line which a few very limited edition pieces are produced.

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!

yoga: the art of union is the discourse between one culture meeting another, and one fabric meeting the ink of inspiration by the scent of frangipani and sandalwood, climbing vines on bodhi trees, to tumeric and hibiscus on skin, to taking a dive in the blue lagoon.


FOR EARTH: every day we're conscious of how what we do affects the environment.

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, and 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. as 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 Fort Greene in Brooklyn, and I maintain that it's hand-made, 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 then 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 majic 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.

thanks cbs news and writer kimberly rae miller for below!

NYC Style: The Ethereal Avalove

by Kimberly Rae Miller

avalove

Borough/Neighborhood: Bushwick, Brooklyn
Profession: artist, designer, yogi

Avalove sometimes goes to the honey hive to watch the honey glow. She began writing poetry in 7th grade, and has been published in many literary journals, and won the Amy Award from Poets and Writers magazine for best New York area ‘younger woman’ poet under 30. After a long love affair with CosmoGIRL! Magazine as the editor , she felt a need to express a nervous creative tick. Avalove began printing t-shirts and selling them on the streets in Soho. She prints everything she can get her hands on with dream images from ball gown dresses, to men’s ties. She has a small cut and sew line that’s supply goes according to demand.

And it’s now 7-years-old and growing! Only existing due to the love of the people in New York City who so graciously support the avalove line. She believes the practice of yoga is essential, and is teacher trained in both Kundalini yoga, and the Jivamukti yoga method, and has been studying a healing technique called sat Nam Rasayan for 14 years under her teacher guru Dev Singh.

Spiritual activism is the most revolutionary and inspiring teachings of yoga. Every moment is a moment you can be a revolutionary in your own life, right when you finish this sentence, go do it now!

How would you define your personal style?

Style goes according to mood, so you can see the mood by what I have on. Super good mood is wearing a ball gown and tiara to go to the bodega in to pick up orange juice. My dream closet is full of costumes just for turning these every day boring, un-transcendent moments, into something that transcends, and no closet is complete without wings, glitter hair spray (who needs it to be Halloween?), and really great, comfortable, fabulous vegan moonboots. It’s about expressing imagination. I am not one for following the rules.

Do you have a philosophy behind your clothing?

I view my prints as works of art and my body of clothing as the canvas. Avalove is much more art, and much less about fashion. The goal of anything in life is to elevate, so avalove designs have this goal to elevate the wearer. There are lucky bluebird tees to bring good luck to the wearer, or peacock prints to give a holy darshan to the wearer, a dreamcatcher to catch your dreams. The intention is always elevation.

When you’re working on designing a line what kind of process do you have?

The topic line of avalove is birds and botanics. 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 fashion trend do you wish would just go away already?

Not being yourself! Anything goes in my book, as long as you feel like a superhero–on the inside– in it. On that note: you can do anything as long as you do it with confidence!

thank you amy for writing below!
Poetry in Motion

Did you ever buy a piece of artwork that made you smile every time you looked at it? One that was just so inspiring to you that you wish you could just take it with you wherever you go to show it off to the world around you? Or did you ever read a poem that really touched you and spoke to you in a way that made you want to go share it with everyone you know? Unfortunately these things that may have much influence on us are often confined to the walls in our home or the pages of a book. Well, Ava Love is working to change that, one garment at a time. She creates hand-printed, limited edition clothing that work as an outlet for her artistic and poetic creativity. According to Ava, she views her "prints as works of art and my body of clothing as the canvas", each one a lithograph of her original artwork. As a poet, her designs are visualizations of the words she writes, creating wearable art and poetry in one."http://swankshow.blogspot
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