Folasade Adeoso & Sasha Payton's Unconventional Pop-Up Shop Spotlights Emerging Artists For Free

Brooklyn-based designers Folasade Adeoso & Sasha Payton launched their unconventional pop-up shop to spotlight emerging artists in NYC.

When embarking on their month-long pop-up shop Open Space Studios, young designers Folasade Adeoso (of 1953 Collection) and Sasha Payton (of Black Box Jewelry) made sure that the artist came first. That meant no vendor fees, for one.

"We know the struggle of paying for your own materials, making your own product, and doing the marketing and everything else by yourself," said Sasha in a press release. "We understand that it’s hard."

This past month, a series of events, panels and workshops took place throughout the minimal Lower East Side storefront, which doubled as both a retail and rotating gallery space.

Simple wooden tables and rustic crates served as the display area for most of the artisanal goods: all natural goats milk soap made in Harlem, New York; apparel designed from handpicked Nigerian wax fabrics; one-of-a kind, handmade leather bags and much more. Multimedia artist Justin J., photographers Brittsense and Tari Wariebi and painter Marcus Leslie also contributed by holding art installations and exhibitions in the space.

Moving forward, Adeoso and Payton aim to take this concept globally.

"If we can show the world that there is a home for any well deserving, emerging creative, how amazing would that be?" Payton said in an interview with KazzleDazz. "The idea of this platform being “pop-up” style will allow us to move the shop to different cities in the future.”

For more information on Open Space Studios, head to the website and follow up on future projects on the Open Space Studios Instagram and Twitter accounts.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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