Our friends over at Novem Studios have been busy. The Chicago-based graphic design company just debuted their new t-shirt line for fall AND opened a storefront in the Windy City two weeks ago. The Upset’s Frank Serpico phoned up ELOTES, co-founder of Novem, to catch up on the happenings as he was prepping for an art show being held at the shiny new Novem store.
Frank Serpico: What going on? What are you doing?
E: Working on the store.
FS: Oh yeah, that’s why I’m calling. I want to do a quick Q & A with you about what the deal is with your space and what’s going on with Novem.
E: Well uh, it’s crazy. Haha!
FS: Ha! So What’s the basis behind what you’re doing with your new space?
E: Well, it’s a store, but we are going to have one wall open to a feature artist once a month--traditional, gallery-style. But basically we were over at my loft for the last year and half and we kind of fell into this craze. A friend of a friend was like, “Yo, I’ve got this space, come fill it, come start a store.” And we were like, “okay, fuck it.” We got it open two weeks ago and this weekend is the first showing of a feature artist. He writes MORF, he does some crazy shit. We’re putting stuff up on the wall now, getting things tidied up.
FS: That’s awesome! So your selling Novem gear in the store?
E: Yeah, it’s been open two weeks now, we didn’t even really announce it and we’ve been doing good.
FS: I’m really glad for you guys. You’re having the opening tomorrow?
E: It’s not a grand opening for the store, it’s just an opening for Morf’s artwork. We’re doing a little gallery-type showing. The grand opening for the store will probably be next month. November, Novem, you know. Hehe.
FS: It’s so great to hear that things are going good. I wish you the best of luck and wish I could be there.
E: I’m sure we’ll still be here next time you're in the Chi.
FS: Word, take care.
"Ya Rat Bastard" Art Show @ The Novem Store
Opening: October 17th 6-10 PM
1104 N. Ashland, Chicago