Native Funk & Flash

This classic book from the Seventies is back in print, timely as ever!

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Summer of Love is mid-stream and happ’nin

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in General | 0 comments

The SUMMER OF LOVE has put us aging counterculturists back on the map! It’s such fun, but particularly as an antidote to the Summer of Trumpetry we’ve been subjected to, thinking more deeply about the strengths and values of the 60s Counterculture from the vantage of 50 years, one can see what’s really been lost. For more on that thought, look at the Blog (which I neglected early on) where I have just posted a piece I wrote for a local paper about what was accomplished by my generation.

My old friend Ben Van Meter who made the film about my playground called “The Saga of Macramé Park” is just now putting together images collected from his cameras into a visual history of the Summer of Love. He’s doing a Kickstarter to fund it. It’s all worth looking at and helping to make happen!

A book of sixties photos from the slide library of the North American Ibis Alchemical Company with anecdotal memoirs by Ben Van Meter.

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Women of the Counterculture panel

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in General | 0 comments

Enjoyed the panel in SF sponsored by the California Historical Society immensely.
The audio is here on YouTube –
Women of the 60s Counterculture at the San Francisco Public Library…
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Women of the 60s Counterculture at the San Francisco Public Library
Denise Kaufman, Delia Moon, Judy Goldhaft, Alexandra Jacopetti Hart, and Salli Rasberry are interviewed by Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, author of Daughters of …

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9/3/2015 Bellevue Opening – Counter-Couture

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in General | 1 comment

Hi, folks – that Bellevue exhibition has most of my attention right now – packing up things that will be displayed, getting my air tickets, discovered that they’ll be showing THE SAGA OF MACRAME PARK, and that there will be a public conversation between Michael Cepress (below) and me as well.…e…

Day & Night This skirt will be there, in the show! I’m 40 years older, though…

It opens September 3 and runs through mid-January 2016. Possibility of future travels, too!

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Michael Cepress Curates Counter-Couture at Bellevue Arts Museum

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Check out this press for the upcoming COUNTER-COUTURE show at BAM near Seattle, opening September 3 this fall 2015. If what I pasted in doesn’t show up, use the link below to view (I hope!)



Fashioning Identity in the American Counterculture

Guest Curator: Michael Cepress

On view at Bellevue Arts Museum
September 4, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Bellevue Arts Museum is a leading destination in the Pacific Northwest to experience art, craft, and design. BAM engages the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications, featuring regional, national, and international artists.

Counter-Couture: Fashioning Identity in the American Counter-Culture examines the American counter-culture of the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of the era’s fashion and style. Often referred to as the hippie movement, this cultural force swept away the strictures and conformism of the previous decade by embracing a lifestyle defined by an alternative visual identity. The effects of the movement still resonate today.

From the beginning, the counter-culture rejected materialist and consumerist interpretations of the American Dream, embracing ideals of self-sufficiency and self-expression. With the Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement as a backdrop, counter-culture youth shunned the cultural standards of their parents, embraced the struggle for racial and gender equality, used drugs to explore altered states of consciousness, and cultivated a renewed dimension of spirituality. Fashion—and more essentially, personal style—celebrated everyone’s hands, minds, and intuition, proving itself to be a means toward self-realization, enlightenment, and freedom from conventions.

The exhibition, opening in September at Bellevue Arts Museum, is curated by Seattle-based designer, Michael Cepress, whose practice has been largely inspired by his fascination for 1960s and 1970s style. Counter-Couture exhibits more than 100 works comprised of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and ephemera of American makers who crafted the very reality they craved, on the margin of society but yet at the center of epochal change. Featured in the exhibition are pieces by Alex & Lee, Kaisik Wong, and K. Lee Manuel, and selected loans from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA

“Counter-Couture encompasses the ethos of a generation who achieved change by designing and crafting their own identity by sewing, embroidering, and tie-dyeing the fiber of their lives,” said Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum’s Director of Art, Craft, & Design.

Counter-Couture captures the energy and character of the style and period through four lenses: Funk & Flash, Couture, Performance, and Transcendence. Each section tells us a piece of the greater American story and how clothing takes on different roles—creating social statements for political change, basking in freedom from trend, celebrating the body, and highlighting the true beauty of authentic personal style.


Holding a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in Fibers from the University of Washington, Cepress has worked professionally as a designer and educator for 10 years. An intense interest in the cultural impact clothing can make has led Cepress to focus on the design and production of his own fashion label and theatrical costumes, and he has written on clothing’s relationship to gender and popular culture. An Instructor in the University of Washington’s School of Art, he has developed curriculum on multiple facets of fashion design, wearable art, and the history of style and clothing.

Growing up, Michael had a particular fascination with the 1960’s and 1970’s. In high school he discovered Native Funk and Flash by Alexandra Jacopetti in his local library, which documented the fashions of the era—all of them handmade. Years later, he befriended Jacopetti, and began traveling around the West Coast searching out remote communities where notable figures from the era now reside. The exhibition is based on his years of research and the discoveries he made along the way.

Portrait of Michael Cepress at work in his studio office.
Photographer:  La Vie Photography. 2015.



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Counter-Couture Exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Counter-Couture: Fashioning Identity in the American Counterculture

September 4, 2015 – January 10, 2016

– See more at:

Linda Bacon, Butterfly  Linda Bacon, Butterfly Blouse

I’ll be there for the opening and the COUNTER-COUTURE book of the same name, when it’s out, will have some recent writing and some old photos and lots of new things we’ve never seen. The exhibit itself will also have some of my stuff and a LOT of great oldies from F&F and others! It just might travel…

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New media presence and Gold Seal Award for NF&F!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in General | 4 comments

Our publisher just informed us of a “Gold Seal for Literary Excellence” awarded to NF&F. I think this means they print a gold seal on the book cover now. It’s based on a review by U.S. Review of Books where they say it “is a great reference book for lovers of folk art, multi-media artists, crafters in general. It is a testament to the art of the Counter-Culture, and Hart does a great job introducing the reader to the primary thoughts, ideas, and attitudes of those times. Her writing style is light-hearted with a slight irony thrown in.”

     And a major article was published in 7×7 Magazine, September 2014 issue. In it they say “Fiber artist Alexandra Hart coined the term ‘funk and flash’ in 1974 when she wrote this book about artisans who were defining the aesthetic of a generation by finding their own creative—and often psychedelicized—route to inner peace. If there was ever any doubt about funk and flash’s historical relevance or longevity, the heartfelt designs and potent imaginations of the next generation should elicit healthy optimism.”

Stay tuned to discover what museum is planning an extensive exhibit of things from NF&F and many things you’ve never seen! Hint: it’s NOT in California!

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Oakland Museum “Radical Acts” Includes Funk & Flash

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Oakland Museum collected the Phoenix Jeans (cover jeans) and the Hero Shirt years ago and will include them and other F&F pieces (serially for conservation reasons) in a long-term exhibit called RADICAL ACTS opening July 18, 2014, focusing on 60’s radically-related art. They videoed an interview including lots of images from F&F which will be available in segments via a push-button display located near the jeans and a newly acquired Alex & Lee piece from the 70’s. It’s not a fiber show, but related to the radical history of the times, which pleases me!
The museum hosts a party atmosphere on Friday evenings from 5-9, with music and dancing, food trucks and drinks, and half-price gallery admission. The newly installed work will go on view starting the evening of July 18th.



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Funk & Flash at Cockettes’ event June, 2013

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in General | 0 comments

Fayette Hauser just received her new copy of "Native Funk & Flash" and is proudly showing her page in the new edition.

Fayette Hauser just received her new copy of “Native Funk & Flash” and is proudly showing her page in the new edition.

These photos were taken by Dan Nicoletta at the opening of the West of Center exhibit at Mills College, Oakland. Hundreds more may be seen by visiting <!i=2574868005&k=Zdp4x52&lb=1&s=A> and they’re as wild as ever!

Here we are with Scrumbley  displaying his page as well.

Here we are with Scrumbley displaying his page as well.


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