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STAINED GLASS Bookmark and Share

Stained Glass Tee - Zamforia

Off the Shoulder Viscose. On Sale Now:  HERE.


TRUE WEALTH HOODIES Bookmark and Share

Create wealth that matters.  True Wealth comes without dollar signs.

Our True Wealth hoodies are embellished on the chest with currency symbols from around the world that spell “Love”: the Pound, the Cent, the Yen, and the Euro.  We hunt for rare fabrics to line the hoods and because of their rarity, we can only produce small amounts of each style.  We change color ways and fabrics with each new hoodie.  Each is labeled with a specific number out of the edition- sometimes even as low as only 25 hoodies- but every one is made with the highest degree of softness and quality.

The Hoodies are created with soft French Terry for a vintage feel and custom fabric inside, making a high quality, unique fashion piece.

Zamforia’s ambigram logo is stitched to match the color of the hoodie in a matching color.

 

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NEW STICKERS Bookmark and Share

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We just sent out dozens of letters to a dozen different states to people asking for stickers.  Learn more HERE.
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NEW ZAM TOMORROW Bookmark and Share

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BOLD Bookmark and Share

When we started ZAMFORIA I had never really tried drawing.  I’d never sat down and took time drawing a picture until I was about 19 or 20.  Eventually working for ZAM, designing simply took up my life.  Notebooks, pizza boxes, walls, napkins, Photoshop and Illustrator documents, everything.  Then I started “taking breaks” from the computer to clear my mind by spray painting pieces of plywood I found behind my garage.  One day, while selling shirts at the SoWa Market (the infant market with only 15-20 tents not the amazing monstrosity it is now) someone bought a board.  It wasn’t even for sale:  I was using it to help display the t-shirts.  I started making dozens of the boards at a time to sell them.

But that was years ago.  I don’t think I’ve made a board in about 2 years.   Until now.

I’ve been developing a crazy idea for a couple weeks now. It involves big bold patterns spray and brush painted on geometric cuts of wood, some about 2-3 ft wide. Different colors, patterns, shapes, and each 100% unique.  I’m excited to get this project out of system and into reality.

I’ll be posting updates soon of the final products and the boards will be on sale at our online store www.zamforia.com/shop.

Here is a little preview of the idea:

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RED SOX WORLD SERIES Bookmark and Share

We are World Series Champions.  Words cannot explain this joy.  Congratulations Boston.

These t-shirts and raglans are now on sale HERE.

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TRUE WEALTH HOODIES Bookmark and Share

Create wealth that matters.  True Wealth comes without dollar signs.

Our True Wealth hoodies are embellished on the chest with currency symbols from around the world that spell “Love”: the Pound, the Cent, the Yen, and the Euro.  We hunt for rare fabrics to line the hoods and because of their rarity, we can only produce small amounts of each style.  We change color ways and fabrics with each new hoodie.  Each is labeled with a specific number out of the edition- sometimes even as low as only 25 hoodies- but every one is made with the highest degree of softness and quality.

The Hoodies are created with soft French Terry for a vintage feel and custom fabric inside, making a high quality, unique fashion piece.

Zamforia’s ambigram logo is stitched to match the color of the hoodie in a matching color.

The Maka

(Make means ‘earth’ in Lakota)

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The Buffalo Plaid

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WE ARE FOUR. Bookmark and Share

On October 25th, 2009, after years of roaming New England selling shirts anywhere we could, we moved from our Mom’s living room and garage to our first store and studios at 188 Sea Street in Quincy, Massachusetts.  We’re four years old today.  Thanks for the years of support, especially to the people who bought a bunch of crazy shirts from a couple crazy people trying to make something happen.  Thank you.

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Boston Pennant Shirts Bookmark and Share

We won the pennant last week and now we’re gearing up for the World Series against the Cardinals.

We love vintage t-shirts so we decided to make one.  It’s only for sale this week and will get filed into the ZAM archive after.

Get the shirts and sweatshirts HERE:

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SAVE THE FRESH MURAL Bookmark and Share

 

DONATE HERE

Donate to Raise Funds for Permits and Violation Fees

PETITION HERE

Petition for Reforming Quincy Zoning Ordinances and Cost for Murals

We turned this……..

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If we don’t raise enough money, the Fresh Mural will be painted over. Please help us cover the permitting costs and fines.

This Donation page is the last resort. If we don’t raise enough money, the Fresh Mural on Sea Street in Quincy (next to Zamforia and Ginger Betty’s Bakery) will be covered up by October 18th. It’s up to the citizens of Quincy and lovers of public art to decide if they want to set a standard for urban renewal.

Put simply, we tried to improve our neighborhood corner and even got permission from the City. But the permission wasn’t good enough. We’ve dealt with the city on permitting issues for one year. The City is stern and has give 2 final choices: (#1) Pay the permit fee and keep the Mural or (#2) Pay violation fees and and cover the mural.

This Donations project is opting for Option 1 and we are looking for your help.
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The Basic History: 

September 4th, 2012: The Planning Department approves the ‘Fresh’ mural at 188 Sea Street because, under Zoning Code 17.5.3.6, they interpret our mural not to be a sign and therefore does not need a permit.

October 15th, 2012: The mural is painted and the time-lapse video is created.

October 18th, 2012: The mural is unveiled to the public. A half hour before the unveiling, a City Official calls Zamforia to tell them they in fact need a permit- one that can cost upwards of $2500 to acquire. The fee is later reduced but total costs to complete the application are too high. Now, as specified under Zoning Code 5.3.8, the mural clearly requires a permit because it’s an “art display.” Do we agree with such a fee for ‘display art’? No, but we have to pay it or we have now art.

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT THE CITY
1. Call the Mayor’s Office or your Ward Councilor. Tell them you think the process of permitting a mural should be improved and that the zoning code should changed to distinguish between an “art display” versus a “political/business sign with logos, etc”. Or, of course, tell them anything you’d like…..

Mayor’s Office: 617-376-1992

Find your Ward Councilor: HERE

To support mural reform, sign this petition: http://chn.ge/19EmgAt

Current zoning ordinances define different types of murals and art displays equal and all types require a Special Permit under Title 17.5.3.6  I understand that Zoning Code is created to protect the city and its residents.  Many of the codes are sufficient but the current definition of an art display as a sign, or more specific “mural” definition in general, is currently inadequate.   The City of Quincy’s permitting costs and procedures to lawfully permit a painted sign, including murals, currently discourage their creation on the large and small scale.  We  support positive, urban redevelopment, art, and proper use of space.  The signers of this petition believe changes should be made.

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Listen, you may not want McDonald’s to paint a wall with a giant Ronald McDonald and Hamburglar munching on french fries necessarily, but what about a local, homegrown business or community organization painting a wall to “beautify” the street corner to give our city character, culture and class?  Laws should protect us AND assist us.  Sometimes, like this mural issue, you simply need reform.  There is currently no line drawn to help distinguish between painted walls or signs.  They are lumped together.

As far as cost, an application for a Special Permit costs between $500-2,000 but also includes, unknown to many city officials, an additional $200-600 in extra fees.  These fees include an abutter’s list and legal ads in a newspaper.  To those that don’t know, an abutter’s list invites people who live around the area to attend a hearing at city hall and notify people about the project.  Makes sense.  The legal ad does the same thing.  Technically, lawfully, it may cover the City’s butt by as paper readership declines, it could be wasting money.

With billion dollar renovations coming to Quincy within the next decade, we should snip this issue in the butt to support art, local business and to protect our city from spending too much money and time fighting a painted wall.

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Whatever happens, we tried to improve our streets.  Things got mixed up.  We are getting a slap on the wrist if we following the rules and get a retroactive permit.  But we learned something more.

We learned that we want our city to move in a direction that has been successful for other cities and communities.  Our current laws and ordinances do not facilitate that vision.  If our community members see fit, we can change the laws and become the city we want to be.

Let’s see what happens.

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PURPLE AND ORANGE Bookmark and Share

This is our True Wealth Hoodie named “Diamond Forest.”  Photos by Marilia Lima.

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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Bookmark and Share

Recycling fashion concepts or re-scripting stories or regenerating art has always been part of the human existence but the plethora of information we have created and the histories we have so well documented and maintained have all increased our range and speed of change so exponentially that nothing seems genuinely new, untouched or original.  Ideas come from somewhere, right?  The human experience?  Someone else?  An art show?  A movie?

Tonight, with a quick stroll through the MFA with my friend Evaggelia, proved that almost every picture snapped in a museum becomes interesting because each piece of art, or even architecture displaying the art,  unto itself, is interesting, thought-provoking, beautiful or down right nutso.  Sometimes the people interacting with the museum become more interesting that the museum and steal the story story.  Sometimes a picture can pull a large abstract painting into a different perspective. A well-versed photographer is a recycler of artistic thought, a rejuvenator of an idea.   Put that in persepctive next time you’re in a museum…. and TOUCH EVERYTHING.

What’s it all about?  I thought this little description of a particular collection explained it perfectly.  But note:  This except didn’t explain any of the following photograph subjects.

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