Artist Tom Friedman in Fashion Collaboration with TINYcrush Society

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Tom Friedman and designer Dre Rawlings of TINYcrush Society created a limited edition silkscreened tee shirt for her Spring 2011 capsule collection using two of his artworks. The tee shirts will be debuted at the Lovesick Mozart + the Supreme Monster fashion show on April 16th and will be available for purchase Monday, April 18th at wwwTINYcrush.com.

On April 16th, western Massachusetts-based designer, Dre Rawlings, will unveil her TINYcrush Society Spring 2011 capsule collection at an eclectic, multi-media fashion event. The runway fashion show/performance and party will take place in a styled-up, disused hardware store in the heart of a Massachusetts mill town on the rebound.

Her spring, 2011 collection, titled Lovesick Mozart + the Supreme Monster, features several new boldly pattered designs for the spring as well as two limited-edition collaborations.

The first collaboration, with noted artist Tom Friedman is a limited edition silkscreened tee shirt. Friedman's "Monster Drawing" (1991), as well as the pencil drawing "I Am the Supreme One" (2005), are represented on the tee.

Friedman is an internationally known artist, with work in various museum collections, such as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Hong Kong Museum of Contemporary Art. He lives and works in Leverett, Massachusetts.

"When I think about making art, for me it's a dialogue... people help me find my edges, to grow, and I want to do that for them, too. Sometimes I want...even to make them uncomfortable. I want to be uncomfortable, too. We're just growing in a dialogue, profoundly interacting with the world," said Friedman.

TINYcrush Society has also commissioned textile designer and fellow Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) alum Elyse Allen (http://www.elyseallentextiles.com/) to design a custom run of cashmere and Swarovski crystal 'glovelettes' to accessorize the collection.

The Friedman tee will be available for sale online on Monday, April 18th at http://www.TINYcrush.com.

TINYcrush Society’s capsule collections are contemporary, playful, and always carefully tailored to be accessible and flattering to a range of body types. TINYcrush’s clothing is crafted from environmentally-friendly Oeko-tex-certified fabrics from Europe - super-soft cashmere blends, nubby French terry and slinky viscose. Clean, sustainable good and production practices are vital to creating style.

Dre Rawlings graduated from the RISD in 1991 with a BFA in Glass. After college she ran her own flower business, designing for weddings, parties, and cultural events in eastern Connecticut. After settling down in Massachusetts she founded TINYcrush Society, a women's clothing line for which she creates two playful and contemporary capsule collections each year.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Hi-resolution images of pieces from the Spring 2011 TINYCrush capsule collection, are available to accompany editorial and may be obtained by emailing michael(at)communicationangle.com.

EVENT INFORMATION

Lovesick Mozart + the Supreme Monster
a fashion show and pop-up-store by TINYcrush Society
the former Carr Hardware
22 Wells Street
Greenfield, MA 01103
Event Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Event time: 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM, fashion show at 8:00, pop-up store and party to follow until 12:00 AM
website: http://www.TINYcrush.com

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