I got an invitation from my friend and über designer Stephanie Verrieres to help her celebrate her birthday at the studio she shares with her business partner Kimie Sako. Together, the form the design team Verrieres & Sako and have been making splashes in the San Francisco design scene ever since they debuted at the Genart Fresh Faces fashion show back in 2006. Stephanie had a grand idea of having her guests collaborate on a a painting. There would be no direction, no theme, no limits. Just a blank canvas, brushes, paint and the collaborative creativity of all involved. To be honest, I didn’t really think it would amount to much thinking it would looking like the stalls of some bathrooms. The night started with a base coat of yellow. From there, Kimie created a rough outline of a woman in a gown. Someone started a tree to the left. Soon, then an Arabic alphabet was added to the right of the tree. Someone came along and added an eye to the left morphing it into a face. From there, more and more elements were added. In the end, a wonderful piece of art was created worthy of some galleries. I was very impressed with the finished product and the party was a huge success. Collaboration on the painting facilitated conversation and by all accounts, everyone had a good time. Oh, the food was fantastic too. It helps when the food was prepared by a professional chef who happens to work for a local Japanese restaurant.
Art Happens Unexpectedly