Ugly Apparel, Local Artist Kelly Meissner Releases Clothing Line with Funding from Local Organization for Innovation in the Arts
Ugly Apparel has an innovative and eclectic fashion collection for those looking to experience the way that tattoos enhance the human form or set off their current ink.
The Philadelphia-based company is the quirky brainchild of Kelly Meissner, a University of the Arts graduate and former tattoo artist, who was looking to push the sartorial limits with new design and original techniques. She started with regular T-shirt prints, then decided to experiment with placements and practice, combining her love of inventive design and the personal self-expression found in tattoos. Soon, her T-shirts evolved into a clothing line that combined quirky aesthetic, innovative design, and environmentally friendly materials.
Kelly started designing T-shirt’s for Kotis Design, an apparel decoration company based in Seattle Washington. The more she learned about apparel decoration processes, the more she wanted to push the limits. She began working with printers and manufacturers to expand the limitations of printing on sleeves. Together, they made it possible for her to combine her experience as a tattoo artist with her clothing designs and Ugly Apparel was born.
Since its inception, Ugly Apparel has been involved in local fashion and manufacturing incubator projects that blend street style with ethical fashion creations.
The company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ugly/ugly-apparel-manufacturing] to pursue producing sleeve wraps and tees at quantities that will allow it to sell them at reasonable retail prices. This funding also will allow the new designs to be manufactured in Philadelphia, as well as enable Ugly Apparel to continue its mission of creating sustainable clothing using environmentally friendly materials.
Incentives for contributing to Ugly Apparel’s Kickstarter campaign include sticker packs, exclusive tees, and prototypes from the knitwear and house wears that are in development as incentives for funding the expansion of the line.
Charles Cushing is returning to Buenos Aires to continue his project of painting and drawing in the birthplace of Argentine tango! After the success of his 2012 trip, he is eager to return, this time with a greater knowledge of the city (and Spanish!) and its characteristic “haunts” and treasures. The Painting Buenos Aires 2012 trip was partially financed by 40 “backers” many of whom chose as their pledge reward original drawings, oil paintings or “fileteado” panels. Charles had a great art exhibition/milonga upon his return at Buttonwood Dance Studio and all of the patrons appear to be pleased with their purchases!
Reward #1 Invitation to exhibition preview of the work produced on the trip. backers at this level will be personally invited to the exhibition (in early 2014, upon my return) of my artwork and will have the opportunity to view/purchase artwork which has not been reserved for “backers.” Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Pledge $30 or more
Reward # 2: NOTE-CARDS: boxed set (16 cards with envelopes) of 5×7″ folding note-cards. These are non-religious winter scenes of Philadelphia, ideal for Christmas/ Hanukkah greetings. The cards can be shipped to you, shipping is included. Estimated delivery: Oct 2013. Ships within the US only
Pledge $50 or more
Reward # 3: PRINT: Signed print from one of the “offset lithographs” on my website, www.charlescushing.com. These are the prints listed as retail $50 on my website. Shipping in a tube (if needed) is included. These are Phialdalphia scenes. Estimated delivery: Dec 2013. Ships within the US only
Pledge $60 or more
NEW REWARD CATEGORY! I am offering my recently completed painting “Angels in ‘El Cementerio de la Recoleta” as a small matted print roughly 12×8″ (image size) with a single mat which will bring the overall piece to roughly 18×14.” The print is signed, matted, and back, ready for framing. Shipping available for additional fee. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014. Ships within the US only
Pledge $100 or more
Reward # 4: SMALL DRAWING of a Buenos Aires scene! A small drawing (roughly 7×9″) in ink on heavy paper, matted and backed, wrapped in mylar for protection. Framing NOT included. Drawings are original, signed, archival quality, and suitable for framing. These are small, spontaneous ink sketches, typically done “from life” in an hour or two. Estimated delivery: Dec 2014. Ships within the US only
Pledge $135 or more
Reward # 5: LIMITED EDITION PRINT from Buenos Aires painting! This is a high-quality “giclee” print from one of the Buenos Aires paintings, size roughly 18×24.” Price is for print only (framing not included). Many of the paintings are available in this format. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014. Ships within the US only
Pledge $200 or more
Reward # 6: “FILETEADO” PANEL: 12×16″ wood panel painted with your name or brief message in the distinctive “fileteado” style unique to Buenos Aires. Hand-painted by myself with decorative vignettes of your choice. Google “fileteado” to view samples of this unique calligraphic style, associated with Buneos Aires and Argentine Tango. I took private lessons with master “fileatador” Alfredo Genovese in Buenos Aires in 2012 to familiarize myself with this art form. Estimated delivery: Mar 2014. Ships within the US only
Pledge $300 or more
reward # 7: INK DRAWING: (see the framed drawing in the video that Peter Kress is describing). Roughly 12×16″ highly articulated original ink drawing on archival paper executed in Buenos Aires. Drawings this size involve considerable contemplation and design work as well as multiple sittings or studio completion. Price INCLUDES museum-quality archival matting and framing (framing brings overall size to roughly 18×24″). The drawings will be displayed in the exhibition and can be pick up after the opening. Shipping available but not included in original price. Estimated delivery: Mar 2014
Pledge $500 or more
Rewards # 8: SMALL OIL PAINTING: original oil painting on canvas, painted in Buenos Aires, roughly 8×12″ mounted and framed by the artist. These are “plein-air” oil “sketches” painted on site in a spontaneous style. The paintings will be displayed in the exhibition upon my return, and delivered AFTER the exhibition. Estimated delivery: Mar 2014. Ships within the US only
Pledge $1,500 or more
rewards #9: LARGER OIL PAINTING: original oil painting on canvas, painted in Buenos Aires, roughly 18×24″ or slightly larger, mounted and framed by the artist. These larger, more developed paintings require multiple sittings and/or considerable studio work. They will be displayed in the exhibition and delivered afterwards. Shipping available but not included in original price. Estimated delivery: Mar 2014. Ships within the US only
Pledge $3,500 or more
Reward # 10: COMMISSIONED OIL PAINTING: This level is for backers who desire to “commission” a highly developed oil painting, roughly 24 X 36″ (or slightly larger, different dimensions, etc.) of a Buenos Aires scene of their choice. This painting involves client input and could include portraits, figures, etc. (you dancing in Buenos Aires? a favorite location, etc?) preliminary studies may be executed in Buenos Aires, but the canvas itself would be completed in my Philadelphia studio in the spring of 2014.Shipping and framing options available but NOT included. Estimated delivery: May 2014
Pledge $5,000 or more
Reward # 11: LARGE OIL PAINTING: same as above, but for a considerably larger canvas. This is for an original oil painting in a size roughly 36 X 60.” Similar in scope and execution to the large painting I am working on in the video, this requires client input and several months to complete. Approximate delivery time would be fall of 2014. Shipping/framing available but NOT included in the original price. Estimated delivery: Oct 2014
Pledge $7,500 or more
Reward # 12: VERY LARGE PAINTING OR MURAL: this category would include commissioned work in excess of 48 X 72″ or special projects such as murals, multi-canvas installations (diptychs, triptychs), etc. paintings this size or larger typical involve considerable design work, multiple preliminary drawings, etc. Contact me for consultation and details. Estimated delivery: Oct 2014