Thursday, December 04, 2014

Introducing the new collection Leave Nothing Behind

Desgined and hand printed by Mari Montacelli. Handmade by Ellie Lum and Mari Montacelli in the RE Load SF studio one stitch at a time. Limited run of bags, frame pads, and t-shirts.

An Interview with Mari Montacelli

How old are you?
I am twenty-four years of age.

How long have you been silkscreening professionally for?
I've been silkscreening for six years.

How did you come up with the textile print & concept for this collection?The graphic came from a drawing I made after I kicked a rock, not on purpose, broke one of my toes, though. Made it so it was uncomfortable to walk. It started me thinking about how movement can become restricted easily if you think about it in only a familiar way. That's where the "ghost claw" on the shirts comes from, its an alternative means to keep on, keepin' on. The lines of the textile are from the shirt graphic, in the wings of the bird, then keeping everything black and white. 

What is your favorite thing about making things?
Welp, everything...

How long have you been apprenticing at RE Load?
A little over a year.

How would you describe your apprenticeship?
Its rad. I'm getting to learn how to sew without having to sit in a class. Its pretty similar to how I learned to screen print. You learn a new step, then take into production, pretty much fail at it, then get better eventually because you have the chance to do it over again. B
ut mostly you start to understand why things are made in a certain sequence or why a part goes in a specific place. That understanding isn't confined to the one singular thing you are making, its starts to creep over into the way you understand other stuff, how they are similar and why they need to be different. 

How do you feel about art school?
I have never attended, so I can't really say one way or the other. I was sort of thinking about it, however, financially I couldn't justify it, so at the time my main gripe was that it should be cheaper... Now though, I know it would have been all bad. I have a hard time learning in group settings- I can't pay attention with thirty other people milling about, walking, breathing and what not. Then having a professor demand you process information the same way they do by writing papers or making presentations. Personally, it would have been a waste of time.  If it was taught more as a trade, like,"Here is this technical skill, this is how these instruments work, now GO do as you will with them." I would be interested, but maybe thats more what you'd call design and not art...? 

Tell us about Four Lttr Wrds? 
Four Lttr Wrds is the name of my business. Most screen silk screen shops print large volumes of t-shirts or posters. And thats always a good-time, usually though, the jobs I get are these little unique projects where I get to put a little more
creativity and time into completing the job.