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Artistic visions executed by Yani Teichner

As a 34 year old Berkeley raised guy, I grew up a big A's, Warriors and 49ers fan, first becoming attached to the Warriors listening to Greg Papa call the '91-'92 Warriors season on the radio while I shot nerf baskets in my room emulating the play by play. I even had my dad give me a Chris Mullin haircut in 4th grade. I drew a lot as a young child, off and on throughout elementary, middle and high school, inspired by players like Jerry Rice, Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway, Latrell Sprewell, Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey, Frank Thomas Greg Maddux, and, in high school, Oakland A's collage pencil drawings of the likes of Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Miguel Tejada, Jason Giambi and Eric Chavez. I always had the interest in making what I was putting on the paper look as real as possible, capturing the life-like quality I experienced at games or saw on the baseball card photos I grew up studying. Thus was the challenge, my eye always saw more than my hand could do. I became an art student at UC Santa Cruz, developing my graphite-centric work into color- oil paintings and pastels, while improving my graphite work and dabbling in sculpture.

However, the last 10 years had been about making it on my own- Dodging the economic crisis of 2007 for a stable 9-5 job with benefits (not lucrative however), paying off student debt, learning business and communication skills, evolving as a person through great relationships, dear friendships and mentors, like Kumar Pallana of Wes Anderson's famed movies. And most significantly, grieving the death of my father (at age 25). So while my creativity never was truly dormant, only expressed in different forms in daily life, my literal hand created art had taken a hiatus in exchange for other valuable life experiences. I left the job in late 2013 to travel and figure out the next steps.

The 1st in the series, the Steph Curry pastel drawing and wearable print tee, was born from a dark period while dealing with an injury and resulting pain and depression without insurance, while The Warriors were making a playoff run in 2015. The artistic part of me which had been in hiding for years, and the Bay Area sports fan in me, held a secret meeting unbeknownst to my conscious self, who was dealing with the pain. My instinctual reaction to the circumstances was to sit down and draw, and as it progressed, and the Warriors advanced round by round, I got the idea that I'd like my friends and fans to wear my art. So nobody was more relieved than me when the Warriors won game 4 in Cleveland and changed the momentum of the series :) I ended up at a sublimation company in Phoenix in late August, helping me fulfill my vision of the Curry project.

As someone who appreciates the color, pattern and design qualities of fashion, and feeling the serendipitous timing of this injury experience and the Warriors championship run, this project has brought me great joy and shot of vital energy, purpose, enthusiasm for life and career focus. For fellow Bay Area folks to be able to share and express their pride in a historic team of great men, it brings me great joy in creating each unique piece. So by research, persistence, thoughtful design and execution, here's the end product, drawings made into high quality fashion pieces/prints of my original artwork. Thus YaniMade, the brand.

Thank you very much for your interest and support!

Sincerely,
Yani

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