Cache features 3 open houses on one block
Findfurnish's cool decor will be on display at Cache
This weekend, residents and guest artists at Casket Arts Building, Carriage House, and Factory will show off their creative chops at the Caché studio crawl. The three-day event will give art-lovers the chance to get up close and personal with over 100 folks displaying and selling their work. The Casket Arts Building has been around since 1887, and though it served casket-makers up until 2005, it now functions as a fantastic space for artists to hone their skills and showcase their goods.
We recently got to sneak a peek at a couple of this weekend's participants, and pick their brains about what people can expect to experience at the event.
Marie Zellar of Findfurnish
Findfurnish scours the Midwest in search of perfect vintage discoveries, traveling for finds including artwork, furniture, and knickknacks. Marie Zellar and Brian Wilcox are the creative duo behind the venture, and their passion for retro finds can't be truer. We talked with Marie about her favorite Findfurnish moments.
What's the best vintage object you've picked up, and where did you find it?
We have so many great finds that it's hard to choose. We have a set of vintage Brno chairs that we found in a tiny scrappy thrift store up north. The store was using them as guest chairs in their office. We persuaded them that they were special, and they came home with us.
I also love this very old unfinished black-and-white portrait from the turn of the last century of a dude with a great mustache. I got it at an auction in the suburbs, between a lot of jelly jars and expired taco mix. You sometimes have to dig to find the good stuff.
How do you discover all of the pieces you display in your warehouse?
We both have a pretty serious case of wanderlust. Findfurnish gives us a reason to travel all over the Midwest, visiting unique places, meeting interesting people, and rating main street diners by the number of calendars on the wall. We have routes where we know all the little out-of-the-way shops, barn sales, auctions, and occasional sales. We will plan a route, go on the road for a couple of days, and, hopefully, come back with a full van.
Vintage ideas for the home
How did you get started finding vintage furniture and retro objects?
It is hard to remember when I wasn't. I was raised by a world-class thrifter: my mom. She taught me at a young age that "new" doesn't necessarily mean "better." She also taught me how to keep my cool at auction, and how to drive a hard bargain. Having spent so much time in thrift stores, garage sales, and auctions growing up, I know there are beautiful things out there just waiting to be found.
Brian has worked for some of the finest purveyors of vintage in the Midwest. He has a knack for editing out the crap at a store or a sale, and zeroing in on the one or two things that are really special. We make a great team.
You're stuck in the middle of the woods. What vintage find would you take with you?
Oh, so unfair. Okay, I assume I do not have electricity, so I can't take my sweet vintage color wheel. Bummer. Saying I would take my mid-century dollhouse and furniture kind of outs me as a freak. I'm going to go with "Ruby," the fantastic make-out sofa we just brought into the warehouse. She's red, she's Naugahyde, and she has fabulous blond legs.
What kind of pieces from Findfurnish will we see at Caché?
We have a great mix of classic mid-century and vintage-industrial pieces right now, big and small: Eames shell chairs, mid-century sofas, hutches, tons of fine lamps, a set of welder stands we like as end tables, a 13-foot antique bowling bench, a map of Africa from the late 1800s, a wee Paul McCobb side table, and much more.
When we have open gallery hours, we stage 2,500 square feet with hundreds of items from different vintages and origins in unexpected ways. This is our art. Our warehouse becomes a huge vintage wonderland, where everything is composed just so and everything is for sale.
Gilpin Matthews and Lauren Schuppe of Kick Stand Press
Kick Stand Press creates amazing hand-printed wallpaper and other custom print work, ranging from creature-filled wrapping paper to party invitations to T-shirts. Gilpin Matthews and Lauren Schuppe run the whimsical screen-printing outfit which just moved into its new location. Lauren chatted with us about her work.
What's the screen-printing how-to lowdown in a few words for people who aren't familiar with the process?
Put very simply: You create a stencil on a very fine mesh that you then pull ink through to create an image on a variety of surfaces.
What's the craziest screen-print project you've had to complete?
The recreation of a vintage, eight-color wallpaper in the hot-hot-hot heat of summer. We were practically naked while printing, with no air conditioning and only strategic placements of fans so that we wouldn't pass out and so that our ink wouldn't dry in the screen. It was very, very tricky!
What other projects are you working on for this year?
Lots of projects! We are finalizing our own line of wallpaper and home goods. We're also collaborating with Edie Overturf and Leg Up! to organize a communal DIY print center with day rates and accessibility to printers with different skill levels.
You can coat one house in screen-printed wallpaper. Whose space would you choose?
Prince... because he's Prince!
What kind of pieces can we expect to see from Kick Stand Press at Caché?
Honestly? Moving boxes. Well, and us putting together our presses. We are brand new to the Casket Building, as of last week, but we will be there putting together our new space and getting to know everyone. We are very excited to be apart of this gem in Northeast.
The indoor art fest will also feature live music by Lonesome Dan Case, City of Sound, Chemistry Set, Danny Morrison, and others. Refreshments will include Chowgirl catering and Surly Beer on Friday and Saturday evening.
IF YOU GO:
Casket Arts & Carriage House
681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
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