a few minutes with lauren

For this installment of the interview series, here’s Lauren. She’s a Cranbrook alum, originally from Santa Barbara, California, who silkscreens large, beautiful patterns onto fabric under the name Boutique Textiles.

On a very hot Sunday afternoon in late August, Jenn and I took a tour of her studio in North Kensington, Philadelphia. She showed us many samples, her impressive work table, a large, kinda-robotic exposure unit, and even demonstrated blind printing (if I’m recalling that name correctly, it refers to applying ink without an actual screen in place).

Only part of the large studio space. There’s no shortage of space in Philly, if you know where to look for it.

Lighting test.

I’m always curious to see what supplemental items people have in their work spaces. Tucked away in a corner, I spotted a copy of “The E Myth Revisited,” a must-read for small businesses. Also, I was happy to see the little gray guy from “My Neighbor Totoro,” a classic Studio Ghibli film by Miyazaki.

An impressively-large exposure unit for making the screens to be printed. It’s housed in a cool, DIY darkroom within the same studio room.

Be sure to check out Lauren’s work or drop her a line at boutiquetextiles.com.

a few minutes with tim

For the second installment of the interview series, here’s Tim. He’s a Brooklyn-based systems administrator by day, and a turntablist/DJ during many evenings and weekends under the name “DJ Idlemind: The Appropriate Agent.”

He sat down to chat with us in his Bed-Stuy residence one afternoon, and demonstrated his craft for Jenn and I. We had heard him spin at parties before, but it was extra special to hear some mixing at his place. While he mentioned his favorite artist of all time is Prince, he definitely pulls from a wide range of sources to keep people dancing, and when possible, sneaks in samples that give props to Brooklyn. He’s also known for having love for Brit pop and hip hop from the 1980s, which never hurts to toss in, either.

For more information on Tim, and to find out where he’s performing next, definitely check out: http://listn.to/​djidlemind

Only a fraction of his equipment.

a few minutes with erik

I happy to introduce the very first ThisCityi$Mine foray into video. Erik sat down on a cold January night here in Brooklyn with Jenn and I to discuss his interest in compost.

Can’t let winter get you down.