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Seen: Marked Leather at the Walker Shop

As the first designer featured in the Walker Shop’s new Local Maker Profiles, Scott Loeser of Marked Leather is capturing our attention with his beautifully crafted, ruggedly stylish bags and the stories behind them. Using reclaimed leather to create unique products, Marked Leather shares a dedication to responsible upcycling of used materials as well as […]

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As the first designer featured in the Walker Shop’s new Local Maker Profiles, Scott Loeser of Marked Leather is capturing our attention with his beautifully crafted, ruggedly stylish bags and the stories behind them. Using reclaimed leather to create unique products, Marked Leather shares a dedication to responsible upcycling of used materials as well as a creative commitment to the history preserved in each scuff and scratch. Marked Leather goods are handmade in Minnesota and designed to function effortlessly in daily life with their classic structure and aesthetic. In advance of his December 11 visit to the Walker for Art School, Loeser talks about finding a niche for his company, calling the artistic shots, and Minnesota makers to appreciate.

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Describe what you make: I make leather carry goods like satchels, duffles, and totes. The leather I select for my products is heavily branded and blemished. I think this part of the hide shares the most character and really tells a story.

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Marked Leather Weekender Bag in dark brown

When and how did you get started? I started in 2012 in my Uptown apartment. I started hand sewing wallets there. The money that I sold from the wallet sales helped me afford my first major order of leather that would become the first line of Marked Leather goods.

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Marked Leather Top Loading Duffel in miel

Where do you make your goods? Currently I have a shared studio space in Northeast Minneapolis. I make some of the bags there myself. The manufacturing that I do is all done in Wabasha, Minnesota. They make the more involved designs.

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Marked Leather Shanghai Bag in dark brown

What inspires what you make? I’ve always wanted to do my own thing, call the shots, etc. It wasn’t until after researching leather goods made especially with marked leather and finding none that I thought it was worth a shot trying to be the first to create a quality, high-end leather bag with that material.

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What other MN Makers do you love? Knots Belt and Clothing Co., Mill City Fineries, and the Great Lakes Collection.

Advice to aspiring makers: This takes time!! And some money, but more importantly patience. There isn’t just one way to create a business so remember to be as creative with that as you are with designing.

Join Loeser this Sunday, December 11, during our Art School workshop for a conversation on designing with reclaimed material and breaking into the American cut and sew industry, as part of the. Check out his work on Instagram and Twitter (@markedleather).

An Opening Reception for Lee Kit’s Hold your breath, dance slowly

On May 11th, Walker Contributing Members gathered in the Cargill Lounge to celebrate the opening of Hold your breath, dance slowly, the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Taiwan-based artist Lee Kit. The instillation combines Lee’s paint-based practice and his object-based practice to explore the poetics of everyday materials and household items. Contributing Members were […]

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On May 11th, Walker Contributing Members gathered in the Cargill Lounge to celebrate the opening of Hold your breath, dance slowly, the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Taiwan-based artist Lee Kit. The instillation combines Lee’s paint-based practice and his object-based practice to explore the poetics of everyday materials and household items. Contributing Members were treated to a sneak-peek inside the Burnet Gallery a day before the exhibition’s public opening. Those present were immersed in what Walker Executive Director Olga Viso referred to in her opening remarks as Lee’s “spatial flow,” an experience at once otherworldly and familiar.

Peter Hyman and Mary McDiarmid, excited to experience Lee’s work for the first time and step outside of their comfort zones.

Peter Hyman and Mary McDiarmid, excited to experience Lee’s work for the first time and step outside of their comfort zones.

(From left) Bryan Pieper and Lily Prinsen, designers at KNOCK, along with Public Functionary Co-Director/Curator Tricia Khutoretsky and Walker Tour Guide Susan Ziel.

(From left) Bryan Pieper and Lily Prinsen, designers at KNOCK, along with Public Functionary Co-Director/Curator Tricia Khutoretsky and Walker Tour Guide Susan Ziel.

Minnesota-based artist Chris Larson, whose new video instillation Land Speed Record opens in the Walker’s Medtronic Gallery on June 9th.

Minnesota-based artist Chris Larson, whose new video instillation Land Speed Record opens in the Walker’s Medtronic Gallery on June 9th.

Exhibition curator Misa Jeffereis with Lee Kit. In her opening remarks, Jeffereis expressed her gratitude for Lee’s “calm and positive presence [radiating] outward towards all of us in the gallery.”

Exhibition curator Misa Jeffereis with Lee Kit. In her opening remarks, Jeffereis expressed her gratitude for Lee’s “calm and positive presence [radiating] outward towards all of us in the gallery.”

Renan Jeffereis and Gail Kaminishi, parents of curator Misa Jeffereis, came in from Seattle to celebrate their daughter’s first solo curated show at the Walker.

Renan Jeffereis and Gail Kaminishi, parents of curator Misa Jeffereis, came in from Seattle to celebrate their daughter’s first solo curated show at the Walker.

Fashion blogger Chelsea Ivan and her husband Jeremiah Ivan, recent Twin Cities transplants from New York City.

Fashion blogger Chelsea Ivan and her husband Jeremiah Ivan, recent Twin Cities transplants from New York City.

Kerry Morgan and Christina Schmid, a faculty member in the University of Minnesota Art Department and a critic who has written for Art Forum, Flash Art, ARTPULSE, and more.

Kerry Morgan and Christina Schmid, a faculty member in the University of Minnesota Art Department and a critic who has written for Art Forum, Flash Art, ARTPULSE, and more.

Walker Executive Director Olga Viso addresses the crowd, praising the “incredible architectural environment” Lee has designed for this site-specific exhibition.

Walker Executive Director Olga Viso addresses the crowd, praising the “incredible architectural environment” Lee has designed for this site-specific exhibition.

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From the left) Wenjing Wang, artist Lee Kit, Walker Artistic Director Fionn Meade, and Anne Labovitz

(From the left) Wenjing Wang, artist Lee Kit, Walker Artistic Director Fionn Meade, and Anne Labovitz.

Lee Kit: Hold your breath, dance slowly will be on display in the Peggy and Ralph Burnet Gallery until October 9, 2016.

Hold your breath, dance slowly will be on display in the Peggy and Ralph Burnet Gallery until October 9, 2016.

Stock Photography Remixed, Reinvented, and Reimagined: #OrdinaryPictures Preview Party

Where can you find pitchforks in business meetings, hunters celebrating by a kitchen sink, and bananas served lakeside via a fishing pole? The Ordinary Pictures preview party! In homage to an exhibition that features artists appropriating, collaging, and swapping everyday images, the Walker opened late for a night of DJ mashups, Green Screen cocktails, and a first […]

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Where can you find pitchforks in business meetings, hunters celebrating by a kitchen sink, and bananas served lakeside via a fishing pole? The Ordinary Pictures preview party! In homage to an exhibition that features artists appropriating, collaging, and swapping everyday images, the Walker opened late for a night of DJ mashups, Green Screen cocktails, and a first look at the show. Small bites and cupcakes filled the Cargill Lounge and Bazinet Lobby, with the Cinema transformed into a photo booth for guests to jump into classic stock photos and remix the images we see each day. There were three background options, stacks of props, a photographer, and endless possibilities.  With their reimagined stock photos in hand, guests then stepped into the Art Lab to copy and collage their images to a soundtrack of classic song covers.

Ordinary Pictures runs through October 9, 2016 and, yes, those ladies are still laughing with salad.

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

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ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

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ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

New Walker members received a free ticket to the party in addition to a year’s worth of free gallery admission, first access to Rock the Garden tickets, and invitations to member events like Art School: Architecture and A Think & A Drink: Less Than One. Join online, over the phone (612.375.7655), or in person at the Walker Box Office.

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