Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

The next weekend after the home tour and studio tours were hectic as well. Dwell on Design, the largest west coast convention was in town and I got to cover it live. I also got a bonus trip down the Blue Line out of it. I had never been on that line, so it was quite an adventure.

This is my interview of Fabian, resident artist and counselor at Homeboy Industries. I had been hearing about the nonprofit since I moved to LA. I was happy to get to know more about them and their work.
Text and photos by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Diana Budds
Published: 24 June 2011, Dwell

Tote bags are today’s essential accessory. Not only is it a more sustainable alternative to using plastic grocery bags, but it also provides a canvas on which a great message can spread.

Last Spring, LA-based design firm Artecnica partnered with the country’s largest gang intervention program Homeboy Industries to produce canvas tote bags printed with inspirational quotes from its founder, Fr. Greg Boyle.

The result was seven designs created by three former gang-members-turned-artists from Homeboy Industries. In flowing graffiti-like calligraphy, the totes capture the kind of wisdom that inspire these former gang members and at-risk youth to keep off the streets. We talked to Fabian Debora, Homeboy Industries’ resident artist and substance abuse counselor, about their partnership with Artecnica and these works of wearable art. [read more]


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