Infectious has a thriving community of artists and we are obsessed with collaboration in all its shapes and forms. We love to see artists coming together to contribute creative input towards creating output, and have chosen to highlight an artist collective each week to demonstrate the camaraderie and creative mastery that is embodied in collaborative works in this blog series we call Rad Collabs. To kick things off, we’ve chosen to highlight a cooperative whose openness and non-exclusivity has yielded some beautiful and inspiring work: Sumi Ink Club.
Sumi Ink Club is a Los Angeles-based (but not always in one place) drawing collective which was founded in 2005 by Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Anderson. Created with the credo “all ages, all humans, all styles”, the club was a means to fortify social interactions. Originally intended to use ink and paper Sumi Ink Club has also printed on fabric, walls, created stickers, tee shirts, magazines, and books, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Fischbeck and Anderson are visionaries of all things collaborative. Their side project, Lucky Dragons, is the musical equivalent of Sumi Ink Club and it utilizes the concert space, turning it into a multi-media art piece which centers on audience participation.
Regular open meetings for Sumi Ink Club are held in a studio in Los Angeles’s Chinatown. If you’re in La La Land and you want to join in on the fun, check out their blog for scheduled meetings. If you’re not in the area, visit their online store.
970 Broadway, Ste. 212
Los Angeles, CA 90036