This beloved classic from the 1970’s is replete with new images, updates on favorite artists, and a thoughtful afterword by the author that reflects on what was at the heart of the 60’s Counterculture. Native Funk & Flash sits alongside treasured costume and fashion-bibles on the shelves of the great designers of our times. Many artists now in their prime credit their early encounter with it for their own choice of career and inspiration.
Within these pages hand-embroidered and painted imagery enhance dear old shirts and jeans, serving the dual purpose of extending their usefulness and emblazoning the wearer with messages of love, psychedelic daydreams and mysticism for all to see. The ethos of a generation is captured here: the scenes, sound, smell, look, politics, spirit, and most of all the love is expressed in this moment in time when people cared so deeply for one another and the future that they wore it on their sleeves.
Carved wooden doors, chairs, handmade fanciful shoes, beads, leather, incredible jewelry, a playground, patched upholstery — everything was fair game for inventive self-expression, whether one was a skilled adept or a beginner with a dream.
Anyone interested in the Bay Area counterculture, or in textile and craft design should have this book! No history of the Bay Area counterculture or textile, craft or design collection should be without this book.
And a point of view from the younger generation…
Alexandra and Michael Cepress about to cohost a fashion event
The tomes of costume and fashion history hold an archive of inspiration and artistry that could satisfy the creative fires of young designers for decades to come. Beside treasured fashion-bibles like Max Tilke’s Costume Patterns and Designs or monographs on Dior, Vreeland or Vionnet sits Native Funk and Flash: An Emerging Folk Art — an internationally celebrated addition to the world’s collective bank of sartorial history and splendor.
The images and voices of history never fail in giving us the richest, purest sense of special moments from our cultural past. This notion grabs us by the hand, the heart and the mind with the turn of every page in Alexandra Jacopetti and Jerry Wainwright’s tribute to the folk craft and wearable art of America’s counterculture. Here the best and the brightest of the hippie generation are not just tumbleweed youth with needle and thread, but instead they become folk heroes at the forefront of the renaissance that was, and is, the hippie movement.
Through hand-embroidered patches that carry the voice of love, psychedelic daydreams and mysticism translated into lush wearable sculpture and jewelry, or lovingly carved wooden totems from the Bolinas, CA coast, we are shown the ethos of a generation: the scene, the sound, the smell, the look, the politics, the spirit and most of all the love of a moment in time when people cared so deeply for one another and the future that they wore it on every sleeve.
What folks have said about Native Funk & Flash…
“Your book is beautiful, and so full of good news about the things people do. They can be such amusing animals. Thank God for opposable thumbs, binocular vision, and the farting around they make possible. And one reason we should be glad to be alive today is epoxy glue.
Hard times are coming, surely, and people need to be reminded of the treasures that can appear as though by magic at their fingertips.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1974
“Let it not go unrecorded that I have finally recovered from my dazzlement over your project and have managed to read the introduction-prospectus for NF&F and have found that it’s just as wonderful as everything else you’re doing. My only worry now is that I must be dreaming.”
—Frederick Mitchell, owner, Scrimshaw Press and previous publisher, Ramparts Magazine; December,1973
“Your book has probably been the single greatest influence on my life. Well, besides my husband. Coming from a sheltered, conservative household, I had no idea there were possibilities for personal expression and adornment like those I saw in your book. I think it was right then that I started embellishing my clothes, something that’s continued for almost 40 years. I’ve taught workshops around the country on Journal Skirts, and I’ve sold many of those I’ve made. I even got to do the book on altered artwear and had a column for a while in Altered Couture—all because of finding your book when it first came out and being immediately entranced. So, again, thank you so much for putting that book out into the world. It’s been a great ride, and your book is what kicked it off!”
—Ricë Freeman, author and podcaster at Notes from the Voodoo Lounge.
To listen to her podcast with Alexandra, May, 2010, go to: http://ricefz.libsyn.com/alexandra-jacopetti-hart
“Your book is of special interest to me for a course I teach on History of Costume. The many and superior illustrations provide an excellent view of what is now historical costume.”
—Virginia Walker, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto, Canada; June, 1983
“I purchased this book in 1975 in Vancouver, BC. Shortly after that I put on a backpack and came to the Yukon (where I have lived since). The only book in my pack was Native Funk & Flash. Throughout the years, this book has been my inspiration whenever I get stuck in a noncreative mode. I have always been a bit of a hippy and love to sew and make usable art objects. About 6 years ago I had a house fire and lost everything including my favourite book. I have been looking for it ever since that day.”
—Nancy Cole; 2011
“Your book was the inspiration that first made me realize I could crochet something without following a specific written design — & I remember covering a pair of jeans with embroidery, crochet, beads, anything & everything! I am SO enjoying having the book again, as are some of my friends that I have shown it to! It really is inspirational!”
—Joni Michele, ND; 2011