We were big fans of the incredible The Art of the Brick at Discovery Times Square, and now you can own your very own personal t-shirt celebrating Nathan Sawaya, artist who took a childhood medium to grandiose heights that are created entirely from LEGO® bricks on Art of Craft. This fun limited edition t-shirt collection is committed to blending both craft and cause that is now celebration Nathan Sawaya's very unique art. Some of our favorites from the collection include Gray, Disintegration, and the fun Art is Not Optional - among many other shirts.
Sawaya’s craft has garnered him accolades and fans from around the world, all inspired by his creative, ingenious use of the standard LEGO brick in creating everything from expressive human forms and life-size dinosaur skeletons to whimsical and avant-garde contemporary art pieces for which he is best known. His work puts the spirit of childhood front and center and inspires art lovers of all Art of Craft’s nine piece limited-edition t-shirt collection is inspired by Sawaya’s Art of Craft’s nine piece limited-edition t-shirt collection is inspired by Sawaya’s “The Art of the Brick” sculptures and are available at artofcraft.com and select Fred Segal locations from Jan 13th – Feb. 24th.
This includes styles for men, women, boys and girls and 10% from the sale of each t-shirt will benefit Sawaya's personal charity, Art Revolution, a national non-profit developed by Sawaya that supports organizations that promote happiness, health and education through art. Its key message, “art is not optional,” is driven by the alarming devaluation of the arts in today’s schools and communities. With so many educational institutions cutting back on arts-related programs due to budgets and state mandates, children are not getting the creative inspiration, drive and knowledge that art education offers.
We also had the chance to learn more about the collection and interviewed Derek Galkin, one of the three founders of Art of Craft, to learn more about this amazing company.
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Derek Galkin: To date the source of our projects have been from our individual passions and crafts that we engage in career and hobby. Between the three of us (Tu, Sal and I) we bring together a very diverse mix of backgrounds stemming from the fashion, entertainment and design industries. We have been able to utilize our networks to identify the artisan in any given craft.
Momtrends: How long are collections available for?
Derek Galkin: Each collection is available exclusively on our site and select Fred Segal locations for 6 weeks.
Momtrends: How did you connect with Nathan of The Art of the Brick?
Derek Galkin: Sal and Nathan met at a Google Zeitgeist conference where they were both speaking a few years ago. Their admiration for each others' dedication and passion for their respective crafts was evident immediately and became the foundation for a long lasting friendship. There was always a desire to work together in some capacity and the Art of Craft was a natural and perfect medium.
Momtrends: What surprises you the most when you see these t-shirt designs come to life?
Derek: It’s always a treat to see our passion for craft and cause come to life through the blend of our team’s design and the artisan’s craft. What inspires us the most is when it takes a direction that neither team could predict and the design outcome is truly a surprise.
Momtrends: What charities have you worked with so far?
In addition to the t-shirt collection, Sawaya has created 12 exclusive orange Hugman sculptures available only through Art of Craft for a limited time. The Hugman sculpture is Sawaya’s own form of LEGO street art and he has been peppering the streets of NYC with Hugmen for many years now. The Art of Craft orange Hugman sculptures are $300 each and 50% of the sale will be donated to Art Revolution.
For more information on Art of Craft, the limited edition t-shirt line and exclusive orange Hugman sculptures, visit artofcraft.com. For more information on the Art Revolution Foundation, visit artrevolution.org.
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