Pittsburgh, Pa. – Nov. 6, 2019 – Local craftspeople, designers and artists will display their distinctive products inspired by their time experiencing Fallingwater and learning about Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture at an opening reception Fri., Nov. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brew House Association in Pittsburgh.
The group of creatives is part of Monmade, a project of Pittsburgh’s Craft Business Accelerator at Bridgeway Capital, which seeks to provide creatives with better access to the elements of business success, including unique opportunities to sell their products and to inspire business development and creativity in our region’s Mon Valley communities.
Fallingwater partnered with Monmade to create the Fallingwater + Monmade Design Residency. In late April, a selection of Monmade participants had full access to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterwork, Fallingwater and its grounds and collections. Through their immersion, they gained inspiration to create ceramic vessels, fine art prints, fashion accessories and more.
The residency offered these entrepreneurial and skilled creatives the opportunity to have fun with design, create innovative designs and sell their products. “Monmade was looking for a design challenge for its producers,” said Katie Johnson, CBA’s business support and impact specialist. “Designing products for Fallingwater offered an excellent opportunity.”
The Brew House exhibition features products, prototypes, and process insights developed during the Fallingwater residency by Monmade creatives and their brands, including Collarbone Jewelry, Bones and All, Broken Plates, Brian Ferrell Designs, FD Pottery, Jowdy Studio, KERF, KMJ Metalworks, LaVerne Kemp Studio, Maia Leppo, OTTO FINN, Savannah Hayes, Seth LeDonne, strawberryluna, TAKTTIME and Urban Tree.
The products created by participants during the residency will be exhibited and for sale in the Brew House Association gallery from Nov.15, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2020, and for sale through the Fallingwater Museum Store and its online store at FallingwaterMuseumStore.org.
The Brew House Association is located at 711 S. 21st St. #210, in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. The opening reception is free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested at www.monmade.org/fmdr/.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 11 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Fallingwater was donated to WPC in 1963, opened as a museum for public tours in 1964 and symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.
Monmade is an initiative of the Craft Business Accelerator (CBA) at Bridgeway Capital focused on driving demand for regionally made products, and creating a peer group for entrepreneurial creatives that encourages the exchange of best practices and project collaboration. The CBA supports regional craft businesses, maker enterprises, design-build shops and entrepreneurial artists. These creatives use traditional handwork processes and manufacturing technologies to transform raw and reclaimed materials into products that have utility, durability and good design. The CBA provides them with better access to elements of business success: space, capital, peers, markets, guidance and workforce. For more information, visit Bridgewaycapital.org or Monmade.org.
Fallingwater’s Senior Administrator of Special Projects