04/28 • COLORFUL LIFE • Talk & Book Signing with Designers Gere Kavanaugh & Louise Sandhaus, April 28 (1-3 pm) Sunday

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The designer Gere Kavanaugh is an irrepressible force of nature who epitomized the craft and folk vibe of the '60s and '70s California design scene and remains a larger-than-life personality today. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Kavanaugh became in 1952 only the third woman to earn a degree in Cranbrook Academy of Art's design program. After successful stints as one of GM's so-called Damsels of Design and as director of interiors for Victor Gruen's architecture and planning firm, she opened Gere Kavanaugh/Designs. There, Kavanaugh put her unique stamp on textiles, furniture, toys, graphics, store and restaurant interiors, holiday decor, housewares, and public art---even designing and curating exhibitions. But perhaps her most enduring project has been the joyful, open-ended, ongoing experiment of her own lifestyle and homes, a dream of color and handcraft. Kavanaugh was awarded the AIGA Medal in 2016, recognizing her "prodigious and polymathic approach to design."

Join in celebrating the remarkable Gere Kavanaugh and book designers Louise Sandhaus and Kat Catmur with the release party of their new book A Colorful Life. We are thrilled to welcome these three remarkable women to Cattywampus to talk about colorful design that pushes boundaries. We have a big stack of A Colorful Life so that you can get a copy signed too! Come pick up your copy at this event or stop by sooner so that you can pour over the pages in advance of meeting Gere and Louise. This is a free event. Registration is not necessary but is helpful so that we can be prepared to welcome you!

EVENT SCHEDULE • 
• 1:00 meet and mingle
• 1:30-2:15 presentation and Q&A
• 2:15-3:00 book signing and chatting with Gere Kavanaugh