Creative Growth Pops-Up at Screaming Mimis for the Holidays

Vanessa Lavorato

Last Sunday, Screaming Mimis launched their pop-up shop that brings a selection of works from the Oakland based art center, Creative Growth, to their SoHo shop. The debut party was hosted by PAPER's Kim Hastreiter, and attendees got first dibs on original artworks, pillows, Creative Growth for Everybody clothes, and one of a kind Christmas ornaments made exclusively for the store.

A non-profit visual art center for adults with disabilities, Creative Growth is collected by museums, including MoMA, and has avid supporters in David Byrne, who enjoyed the
eclectic collage of outsider art with friends, while NY fashion designer Siki Im chatted with Kim
over mimosas and candy canes.

Yarn-wrapped mannequins paid homage to Creative Growth's notable alum, artist Judith Scott (who's also featured in the documentary Make), and DJ Joel Knoernschild, creative director of the clothing line Creative Growth for Everybody, spun psych-rock.

With Christmas only weeks away, the pop-up shop will last for the month of December offering t-shirts, tote bags, watches, books, Christmas ornaments and original art work. Though some were scooping up just about everything in sight (one guest had enough ornaments to deck his entire tree with outsider art) we had a tough time deciding between the screen-printed garments and the art work. In the end we went home with an, "Imposter Chicken," sweatshirt as well as a festive ornament that quips, "have a very meowy Christmas!"

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