CRAFT: Station to Station – A Nomadic Happening

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Exactly one week from today,  a train of four railway cars will arrive at Minneapolis/Saint Paul’s Union Station.

Hosted by Levi’s, Station to Station has been billed as a ‘Nomadic Happening.’ It is more of a traveling art exhibit and collaborative gathering than your usual brand promo party with free PBR.

Artists to be represented at the event include Fritz Haeg, Doug Aitken, Kate Casanova Urs Fischer, Ed Ruscha, and Stephen Shore. Food will be curated by the venerable Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, with all proceeds to support the Edible Schoolyard Project.

At each stop,  a different mix of makers and performers will be present. If you’re in Barstow, Winslow, or Santa Fe, Cat Power will perform and you’ll have a chance to meet Logan Caldbeck and Colt Miller of Cobra Rock Boot Company. If in New York or Pittsburg you’ll see No Age and Forestbound.

I’ll be attending when the Levi’s crew arrives here in Minneapolis. I am looking forward to seeing Eleanor Friedberger and Patti Smith of course, but the Maker’s Yurts are where I envision spending most of my time.

Makers is the title of a new-ish Levi’s video series. Here, contemporary artisans are interviewed and featured for a new audience of consumers, who, like me, are also hungry for the handmade and the honestly crafted.

Levi’s Makers is the newest interpretation of the ‘Made Here’ series I have gushed about earlier. The agenda and focus of Makers is the same as when it was titled ‘Made Here’ but the branding and overall vibe has been updated. ‘Makers’ looks a bit moodier, feels a little more serious, and reads a little more sophisticated than it’s earlier interpretation.

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I have been keeping my ear to the ground as more details about Station to Station and Levi’s Makers have been released. I learned today that Alice Saunders of Forestbound will be at the Minneapolis event to show and sell select qauntities of her beautiful bags. Also underneath these yurts will be limited quantities of  Cobra Rock Boots and pieces from Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers.

Get to know Miss Saunders and her affinity for WWII-era deadstock fabrics in this latest video from the Levi’s Makers series. It is so good.
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If you haven’t already, I encourage you to a buy a ticket for the Minneapolis happening, which surprisingly is still not sold out. All proceeds benefit non-traditional programming at contemporary art museums around the country. See you there fellow travelers.

(photo credit: Levi’s Station to Station and Levi’s Makers)