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I’m terribly sorry I had to do this through a letter, but this felt better than talking to you in person because I am a wuss like that. This note will be the last memory you’ll ever have of me. I’m leaving you and I’m not looking back…This should come as no surprise to you since you’ve ruined every nice pair of denim I’ve every owned. I have tried reminding you time and time again to stay out of my dirty laundry! My jeans don’t need to be washed all the time, and when it’s time to wash them – machine wash cold with like colors! Also, wash denim inside out so that it may retain its color longer and doesn’t damage embellishments or embroidery. And never use bleach! Hang dry as lycra, which keeps me comfy, hates the dryer. And no short cuts John…denim hates the dry cleaners! But like the typical “Macho Man” that you think you are, you just don’t hear me…I know you listen John…But you never HEAR me and I’m sick of explaining the difference. So I leave you now and my only hope for you is that you find someone new…and when you do, I hope you’ll be kinder to her denim than you have been with mine… Have a Nice Life!!!
Desperado carries a rotating collection of Sculptural Felt & Vintage Sculpture by Brad and Sundie Ruppert. We are happy to share photos of our current exhibit. Please contact us directly at the store for more details.
More now from Sundie & Brad…
We have built a career by challenging ourselves to utilize what most people “look” at as useless and “seeing” the potential of what it could become. Combining our passion of repurposing with our fascination of texture and the need to innovate in the genre has lead us to our most recent body of work, SCULPTURAL FELT.
Working with felted fur, the oldest textile still in use today, we rescue the remnants trimmed from the brims of high-quality cowboy hats. Brad has found the circular hat-makers felt to be the epitome of a challenge. Although each scrap of felt is small, it is mighty in suppleness, texture and strength. The willingness of the felt to be transformed, both in form and texture when it is layered and nailed to a carved wood substrate makes it a perfect medium for exploring our detailed nature-inspired portraits.
When combined with Sundie’s intricately painted layers of hand-cut metal, which truly bare the soul of each portrait, it is hard for the viewer not to reach out and touch to help the brain interpret what the eyes are seeing. Each portrait is then completed by combining it with a background setting Sundie creates of multiple overlays of vintage documents, acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite by building up levels, partially sanding them down, adding more and more depth with each step of the process. It is imperative that the face details and backgrounds have as much depth and dimension as the richly textural felt so the final piece is a cohesive and comprehensive representation of the subject matter.
Probably the question we are asked most is “how long does it take?” The truth is that we don’t keep track of time. The way we create each piece is like a textural jazz fusion composition with each piece moving back and forth between each of us multiple times. We work autonomously, by trusting each other in our areas of expertise which also provides us with wonderful elements of surprise along the way and prevents us from getting stuck.
Watch this video to see a time lapse of one of Brad & Sundie’s Sculptural Felt creations.
Desperado carries a rotating exhibit of works by Brad and Sundie Ruppert. We are happy to personally send photos of our current collection. Please contact us direct at 541.749.9980.
These square silk scarves by Johnny Was are the perfect accessory for any wardrobe.
Priced at just $89 they make the perfect gift, the perfect travel accessory and we think a garment you’ll treasure for years.
Desperado is excited to host our first ever event with one of our leading shoe lines- Dromedaris! Dromedaris International is a Swiss company of amazing high fashion comfort shoes handmade in Portugal. Please join us Friday & Saturday, December 14-15, for an exclusive engagement and chance to own a pair of these shoes & boots.
Shoe designers, Werner Wyrsch and Ana de Pina teamed up in 1992 to create a company that provides technical shoe manufacturing at the highest possible level of reliability on an international basis. For 15 years, Dromedaris operated as a sourcing company, proud to have served some of the best know brands, such as Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Colombia Sports, L.A. Gear, Brasher, Chaco, Dansko, and many more.
In 2007, Dromedaris decided to launch its own brand. Named after a frigate ship that brought the first Europeans to South Africa in 1651. The Dromedaris team continues to bring their expertise in color, fashion and extraordinary engineering to this line of footwear. Making use of their experience, Ana and Werner developed what they call 4-D technology that ensures each shoe has anti- shock, lateral stability and arch support, a soft cushion foot-bed and metatarsal support.
Dromedaris has also made it its mission to use highly ecological materials and manufacturing process in their shoes to create a low carbon footprint by producing footwear that is made with eco-friendly components sourced, produced, and assembled within a 120 mile radius!
Dromedaris Footwear Trunk Show @desperado
Friday, Dec. 14 – Saturday, Dec. 15
Amy Leistiko is a Pacific Northwest Native and resides in the small town of Bonneville, Washington. Living in the Columbia River Gorge has allowed Amy and her husband to live the adventurous lifestyle she grew up with. The hiking trails and breath taking views have inspired a lot of Amy’s work. A talented silversmith, Amy is self-taught and designs and creates all her own work. She has manifested a beautiful business that focuses on her customers and she hopes every person who wears her jewelry feels excited and special.
Each piece of handcrafted silver is intricately designed to highlight the sincerity of the stone. With the integrity of the stone in mind, Amy manipulates the silver with tanks of flammable gases to create her radiating designs. Amy says, “When a person is drawn toward a particular piece it speaks to the energy of that person.” She adds, “It’s more than jewelry or a statement piece; to me it’s about connecting to a piece that you want to wear everyday. They’re livable.”
Amy believes crystals and stones vibrate at a much higher rate than humans do. She says, “When around certain stones, a person’s vibrational rate is effected.” Amy says this is what causes the pleasant, peaceful reaction people experience when looking at stones; and why people are drawn to a particular stone. This is what Amy regards as her main inspiration when it comes to making jewelry. She sees the connection when someone is drawn to a certain piece.
Amy gets her stones from all over; always being sure to get the best there is. Like us, Amy supports local businesses and sellers that keep a small, old time feel. At Desperado Boutique Amy will be showcasing stones from one of the longest running turquoise mine fields.
Although most of her work involves rings, recently Amy has dipped into creating earrings. At her upcoming Trunk Show at Desperado Amy will be debuting some of her first earrings as well as pendants.
Silversmith, Amy Leistiko, will be joining us at Desperado for our exclusive
Johnny Was Event November 3-4
Stop by for her debut Trunk Show and see her amazingly unique jewelry, including rings, earrings, and pendants.
Brad and Sundie Ruppert are Iowa natives who share a love for arts and an eye for beauty in scraps. Brad and Sundie have lived an adventurous life starting in Iowa but dreamed of a quiet life in the countryside. But as destiny would have it, their zest for life and art lead them to a life on the road. This summer their nomadic life brings them to Bend and Desperado Boutique. Brad and Sundie will be displaying their unique artwork at Art in the High Desert August 24-26 and you can meet them here at the store for a reception on Friday evening August 24th.
We caught up with the Rupperts and they shared some of their life experiences and how those experiences influence the art they make today.
For 15 years the couple has made both 2D and 3D art. Their most recent art comes from the scraps of old, western felt-hats. The two create whimsical, lively pieces from thousands of thin felt scraps that Brad and Sundie say, “begs the viewer to fulfill their primal need to touch”. Individually hand-cutting and nailing each of the felt scraps make their art both original and unique.
Their intricate work includes a multiple step process of envisioning, drawing, cutting, salvaging and painting. Meticulously cutting and painting each layer allows for realistic features that express both the heart and soul that goes into each subject. Brad and Sundie talk about the meaning and importance of their work, “Our number one goal for the last 18 years has been to show people that if you see things for what they could be instead of just looking at things for what they ARE, the possibilities are endless”.
Like most artist, the two have struggled with making a living from their artwork. Although some days were harder than others; the two never lost their drive to want to create. As the two became well-known in the art community they began their life on the road; traveling to art festivals and showings. Their life on the road has allowed them to be inspired by many sights in the United States.
Their collections include: American Icons, Shorebirds, Feathered friends, Fantasyland and many more. The meticulous work they put in gives soul and life to what was once the fabric of the American West.
Desperado is proud to debut our artist in resident, Barbara Slater’s, newest florals this summer. Slater’s work has been a fixture at our store for years and we think you will love her latest exhibit.
We caught up with Barbara recently and she shared what inspires her work. “I love flowers, I love their shapes and colors so I decided to do them them a little edgy!” says Slater.
Slater’s works have been showcased in Bend’s “Cascade Arts & Entertainment” magazine as well as frequently appearing in the magazine “Ranch and Country”.
“Somewhere in my mind I’m always thinking about or looking for a painting. Every painting that I start demands a new language,
it feels unfamiliar at times as though this is the first one I have ever done,” reflects Slater. “It is in my blood and takes up a huge part of my life.” she says.
Slater’s work has touched our lives too. Barbara has painted portraits of some of our favorite past pets and has done commissioned work capturing our client’s favorite pets on canvas too.
Besides desperado boutique and several other art galleries in Central Oregon she was recently showcased in the Oil Painters of America show in Carmel, California.
Slater’s oil on canvas florals will be on display and for sale @desperado through September.
Step into the fabulous world of Jafa Footwear and Viereck Apparel. This will be an action packed weekend at desperado with shoes &… as we combine Jafa, one our best fashion footwear lines, with an amazing line of dresses and apparel by LA fashion designer Deborah Viereck.
Deborah’s line of Viereck Apparel come in the most amazing patterns and silhouettes creating beautiful dresses, pants and tops that fit lots of body types and styles. These dresses are made in Los Angeles from wrinkle resistant fabrics that are perfect for travel. Just roll and go! Their unique designs make them suitable for work and play whether you pair them with a sporty sneaker or gorgeous vibrant leather Jafa shoes! Jafa Footwear are handmade shoes and boots from Israel. They are made from the finest top grain leather and a have a polyurethane (platform styles) or thermo-plast rubber (flats) sole that are so light weight you’ll think you’re walking on a cloud.
Our Double Trunk Show Event starts Friday, June 29th and will continue all weekend through Sunday, July 1.
There will be libations served and a chance to win a dress or pair of shoes.
And that’s not all…if you buy a Viereck dress and a pair of Jafa we’ll give you a fabulous straw hat FREE!!!
We affectionately call these amazing handcrafted shoes and boots by JAFA® “walking on air” because they’re so light weight you’ll find walking as effortless as walking through clouds – at least we like to think so! This footwear line comes from young talented cobblers from Israel, who take delight in the freedom to express themselves without the restrictions of a mass production facility. These shoes are outstandingly made from luscious rich leathers with colors so bold they’ll holdup as any statement piece in your wardrobe.
All JAFA® boots & shoes are made by hand, the way they have been for centuries: with passion, integrity and personal attention to every detail. Jafa designers employ couture quality leathers: buttery soft and lusciously colored. As well as hands-on construction secrets passed down through the generations, JAFA® boots & shoes enfold your foot like a second skin.
Their footwear is created for the woman whose fashion persona stands out from the crowd but whose busy life has no place for painful, poorly fitting shoes. If you are that woman, take a step up to the chic designs and superb, handmade comfort of JAFA and come see their latest Fall/Winter Line at our exclusive Jafa Trunk Show this Saturday, November 18th from 11:00-6:00pm. We’ll be giving away a pair of Jafa shoes!!!