The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

Our store in Soho is a collective urban oasis, lined with towering palm trees and overhead pothos vines cascading from ceiling to floor. It is also, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Lisha Bai, founder of the Studio Archive Project, the temporary home of a curation of Elisa Soliven artworks. Resting between the garments and plants are Soliven’s clay sculptures of muted jewel tones, texturized by embedded ceramic, and a single large-scale oil pastel and charcoal drawing both depicting 2D variations of the sculptures' anatomy. The sculptures take the form of petite totem poles, traditional clay masks, window silhouettes, and vase-like vessels (which we may have filled with a palm frond or two).

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

Untitled: Aster and Leaf Pair, 2021
Oil pastel and charcoal on paper
33.25 x 48. 25 in framed.

Untitled: Aster and Leaf Pair, 2021
Oil pastel and charcoal on paper
33.25 x 48. 25 in framed.

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

With the clear intent to consider and value both the artist and the collector, it is unsurprising, that though the conversation of a collaboration began a mere two months before the opening of the store, it came together seamlessly as Lisha and Mara’s visions aligned. As Bai put it, I love bringing art to retail environments because it puts artwork in the way of people that aren’t looking, and often doesn’t know collecting art is within their reach. It also gives people the chance to experience artwork in a space that feels more relatable to their lives which I hope will only deepen their connection to it…”.

 

Our store in Soho is a collective urban oasis, lined with towering palm trees and overhead pothos vines cascading from ceiling to floor. It is also, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Lisha Bai, founder of the Studio Archive Project, the temporary home of a curation of Elisa Soliven artworks. Resting between the garments and plants are Soliven’s clay sculptures of muted jewel tones, texturized by embedded ceramic, and a single large-scale oil pastel and charcoal drawing both depicting 2D variations of the sculptures' anatomy. The sculptures take the form of petite totem poles, traditional clay masks, window silhouettes, and vase-like vessels (which we may have filled with a palm frond or two).

Our store in Soho is a collective urban oasis, lined with towering palm trees and overhead pothos vines cascading from ceiling to floor. It is also, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Lisha Bai, founder of the Studio Archive Project, the temporary home of a curation of Elisa Soliven artworks. Resting between the garments and plants are Soliven’s clay sculptures of muted jewel tones, texturized by embedded ceramic, and a single large-scale oil pastel and charcoal drawing both depicting 2D variations of the sculptures' anatomy. The sculptures take the form of petite totem poles, traditional clay masks, window silhouettes, and vase-like vessels (which we may have filled with a palm frond or two).

 

Untitled: Aster and Leaf Pair, 2021
Oil pastel and charcoal on paper
33.25 x 48. 25 in framed

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

 

With the clear intent to consider and value both the artist and the collector, it is unsurprising, that though the conversation of a collaboration began a mere two months before the opening of the store, it came together seamlessly as Lisha and Mara’s visions aligned. As Bai put it, “I love bringing art to retail environments because it puts artwork in the way of people that aren’t looking, and often doesn’t know collecting art is within their reach. It also gives people the chance to experience artwork in a space that feels more relatable to their lives which I hope will only deepen their connection to it…”.

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

 

With the clear intent to consider and value both the artist and the collector, it is unsurprising, that though the conversation of a collaboration began a mere two months before the opening of the store, it came together seamlessly as Lisha and Mara’s visions aligned. As Bai put it, “I love bringing art to retail environments because it puts artwork in the way of people that aren’t looking, and often doesn’t know collecting art is within their reach. It also gives people the chance to experience artwork in a space that feels more relatable to their lives which I hope will only deepen their connection to it…”.

Mara Hoffman x Studio Archive Project

Our store in Soho is a collective urban oasis, lined with towering palm trees and overhead pothos vines cascading from ceiling to floor. It is also, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Lisha Bai, founder of the Studio Archive Project, the temporary home of a curation of Elisa Soliven artworks. Resting between the garments and plants are Soliven’s clay sculptures of muted jewel tones, texturized by embedded ceramic, and a single large-scale oil pastel and charcoal drawing both depicting 2D variations of the sculptures' anatomy. The sculptures take the form of petite totem poles, traditional clay masks, window silhouettes, and vase-like vessels (which we may have filled with a palm frond or two).

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

 

With the clear intent to consider and value both the artist and the collector, it is unsurprising, that though the conversation of a collaboration began a mere two months before the opening of the store, it came together seamlessly as Lisha and Mara’s visions aligned. As Bai put it, “I love bringing art to retail environments because it puts artwork in the way of people that aren’t looking, and often doesn’t know collecting art is within their reach. It also gives people the chance to experience artwork in a space that feels more relatable to their lives which I hope will only deepen their connection to it…”.

Aster Bust, 2022

Glazed ceramic

21 x 12 x 12 in

Mask 8, 2022

Glazed ceramic

12 x 10.5 in

Field Vessel, 2022-2021

Glazed ceramic

15 x 15 x 4 in

Downward Tree Field Vessel, 2022

Glazed ceramic

21 x 15 x 7 in

Aster Bust, 2022

Glazed ceramic

21 x 12 x 12 in

Field Vessel, 2020-2021

Glazed ceramic

15 x 15 x 4 in

Mask 8, 2022

Glazed ceramic

12 x 10.5 in

Downward Tree Field Vessel, 2022

Glazed ceramic

21 x 15 x 7 in

Aster Bust, 2022

Glazed ceramic

21 x 12 x 12 in

Field Vessel, 2020-2021

Glazed ceramic

15 x 15 x 4 in

Mask 8, 2022

Glazed ceramic

12 x 10.5 in

Downward Tree Field Vessel, 2022

Glazed ceramic

21 x 15 x 7 in

For both Mara and Lisha, Soliven was a natural choice for the first artist to kick off the collaboration. Mara describes falling in love with the sculptures, “I had never seen anything like them. The colors, the shapes, the overall emotion of them… they were meant to be.” It wasn’t surprising Soliven’s pieces perfectly complement the current collection and the store's environment as Bai points out, “The plants are such an important element of the space and I loved seeing the ceramic vessels contain leaves that felt like organic parts of the sculpture, which reference the leaf and geometric figures that often appear together in Elisa’s work.” The marriage of natural and geometric forms, as well as references to the human body, are found within Soliven’s pieces, and with Mara’s unique blend of plants and garments, the placement feels like an organic part of the store.

The beauty of Soliven’s pieces is found in the way she reinterprets familiar, everyday objects and through her individuality, as an artist, these objects are then transformed into unique pieces that dance between the feeling of ancient and new. Soliven’s primary medium is clay which she has said to love for its malleable nature, providing immediate development of the piece.

For both Mara and Lisha, Soliven was a natural choice for the first artist to kick off the collaboration. Mara describes falling in love with the sculptures, “I had never seen anything like them. The colors, the shapes, the overall emotion of them… they were meant to be.” It wasn’t surprising Soliven’s pieces perfectly complement the current collection and the store's environment as Bai points out, “The plants are such an important element of the space and I loved seeing the ceramic vessels contain leaves that felt like organic parts of the sculpture, which reference the leaf and geometric figures that often appear together in Elisa’s work.” The marriage of natural and geometric forms, as well as references to the human body, are found within Soliven’s pieces, and with Mara’s unique blend of plants and garments, the placement feels like an organic part of the store.

The beauty of Soliven’s pieces is found in the way she reinterprets familiar, everyday objects and through her individuality, as an artist, these objects are then transformed into unique pieces that dance between the feeling of ancient and new. Soliven’s primary medium is clay which she has said to love for its malleable nature, providing immediate development of the piece.

At Mara Hoffman, the celebration of women and craft is deeply rooted in everything we do and our collaboration with Lisha Bai and the Studio Archive Project represents this celebration beyond the seams of our own collections. Mara points out “being able to collaborate with Studio Archive was a great way to broaden our perspective and include people into the vision that I wouldn't have necessarily known before”.

At Mara Hoffman, the celebration of women and craft is deeply rooted in everything we do and our collaboration with Lisha Bai and the Studio Archive Project represents this celebration beyond the seams of our own collections. Mara points out “being able to collaborate with Studio Archive was a great way to broaden our perspective and include people into the vision that I wouldn't have necessarily known before”.

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

For both Mara and Lisha, Soliven was a natural choice for the first artist to kick off the collaboration. Mara describes falling in love with the sculptures, I had never seen anything like them. The colors, the shapes, the overall emotion of them… they were meant to be.” It wasn’t surprising Soliven’s pieces perfectly complement the current collection and the store's environment as Bai points out,The plants are such an important element of the space and I loved seeing the ceramic vessels contain leaves that felt like organic parts of the sculpture, which reference the leaf and geometric figures that often appear together in Elisa’s work.” The marriage of natural and geometric forms, as well as references to the human body, are found within Soliven’s pieces, and with Mara’s unique blend of plants and garments, the placement feels like an organic part of the store.

 

The beauty of Soliven’s pieces is found in the way she reinterprets familiar, everyday objects and through her individuality, as an artist, these objects are then transformed into unique pieces that dance between the feeling of ancient and new. Soliven’s primary medium is clay which she has said to love for its malleable nature, providing immediate development of the piece.

Furthermore, accenting the store with Elisa Soliven’s pieces gives the opportunity for those that enter our space to leave informed, inspired, and more connected to the Art world and themselves. Mara’s intentionality behind opening the store was to cultivate space for community, as she puts it, “Bringing artists into the space helps to transform the total experience of the store and what people feel while inside of it. It is so important to me to continually remember that our bigger purpose is to help people feel better. It is our job to do that at every touchpoint, from a dress that helps elevate someone's feeling to the overall experience of the environment we are welcoming people into. Art is so important to this.” Our space in Soho is a gift to us which we are thrilled to share with you. Elisa Soliven’s pieces will be on display at the store until March 2022. We invite you to come to experience them for yourself.

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Furthermore, accenting the store with Elisa Soliven’s pieces gives the opportunity for those that enter our space to leave informed, inspired, and more connected to the Art world and themselves. Mara’s intentionality behind opening the store was to cultivate space for community, as she puts it, “Bringing artists into the space helps to transform the total experience of the store and what people feel while inside of it. It is so important to me to continually remember that our bigger purpose is to help people feel better. It is our job to do that at every touchpoint, from a dress that helps elevate someone's feeling to the overall experience of the environment we are welcoming people into. Art is so important to this.” Our space in Soho is a gift to us which we are thrilled to share with you. Elisa Soliven’s pieces will be on display at the store until March 2022. We invite you to come to experience them for yourself.

To learn more about the Studio Archive Project & Elisa Soliven's work, click here.

Model: Lula Kenfe, Photography: Mara Hoffman, Fashion Editor: Chelsea Zalopany, Hair & Makeup: Yumi Kaizuka

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

For both Mara and Lisha, Soliven was a natural choice for the first artist to kick off the collaboration. Mara describes falling in love with the sculptures, I had never seen anything like them. The colors, the shapes, the overall emotion of them… they were meant to be. It wasn’t surprising Soliven’s pieces perfectly complement the current collection and the store's environment as Bai points out, “The plants are such an important element of the space and I loved seeing the ceramic vessels contain leaves that felt like organic parts of the sculpture, which reference the leaf and geometric figures that often appear together in Elisa’s work.” The marriage of natural and geometric forms, as well as references to the human body, are found within Soliven’s pieces, and with Mara’s unique blend of plants and garments, the placement feels like an organic part of the store.

 

The beauty of Soliven’s pieces is found in the way she reinterprets familiar, everyday objects and through her individuality, as an artist, these objects are then transformed into unique pieces that dance between the feeling of ancient and new. Soliven’s primary medium is clay which she has said to love for its malleable nature, providing immediate development of the piece.

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

At Mara Hoffman, the celebration of women and craft is deeply rooted in everything we do and our collaboration with Lisha Bai and the Studio Archive Project represents this celebration beyond the seams of our own collections. Mara points out being able to collaborate with Studio Archive was a great way to broaden our perspective and include people into the vision that I wouldn't have necessarily known before”.

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

Furthermore, accenting the store with Elisa Soliven’s pieces gives the opportunity for those that enter our space to leave informed, inspired, and more connected to the Art world and themselves. Mara’s intentionality behind opening the store was to cultivate space for community, as she puts it, “Bringing artists into the space helps to transform the total experience of the store and what people feel while inside of it. It is so important to me to continually remember that our bigger purpose is to help people feel better. It is our job to do that at every touchpoint, from a dress that helps elevate someone's feeling to the overall experience of the environment we are welcoming people into. Art is so important to this.” Our space in Soho is a gift to us which we are thrilled to share with you. Elisa Soliven’s pieces will be on display at the store until March 2022. We invite you to come to experience them for yourself.

The Studio Archive Project is a platform for hidden works in artists' archives to be seen, bought, and appreciated. As an artist herself Bai wanted to create an online space where she would want her own work presented, open another avenue of support for artists beyond traditional gallery sales, and create an accessible way for people, starting or building their collection, to acquire original art. Bai’s occupational perspective has given the Studio Archive Project a sustainable authenticity. As Mara says, “I love how Lisha sees art, she has a very elevated eye and cares for the artists in an authentic way. I think because she herself is an artist, she can be the bridge or translator for other artists to have their work seen. I also just trust her aesthetic, which isn't always easy to find in a relationship, so I really value that and her.”

To learn more about the Studio Archive Project & Elisa Soliven's work, click here.

 

Model: Lula Kenfe, Photography: Mara Hoffman, Fashion Editor: Chelsea Zalopany, Hair & Makeup: Yumi Kaizuka

To learn more about the Studio Archive Project & Elisa Soliven's work, click here.

Model: Lula Kenfe, Photography: Mara Hoffman, Fashion Editor: Chelsea Zalopany, Hair & Makeup: Yumi Kaizuka