JoAnn Berman, ECCO DOMANI SEMI-FINALIST 2011 and coined "THE REIGNING QUEEN OF RECONSTUCTION" by EMMA GRADY of TREEHUGGER, One of the last True Blue new yorkers, at 53, has been a driving force in the Art/Fashion sustainable world since the 1970s. She was at 15 years old the Installation welder for Richard Shore Metal sculptor at STORM KING, NY in 1973-5, with pieces showing next to Alexander Calder and Mark de Suviero to name a few. She has created Styles in the early 1990s for Puff Daddy, Salt'n'Pepa, Jodeci and Heavy D. and also the MICHAEL JACKSON video JAM. She then went on to teach BAD BOYS school in East Harlem and during which 6 year period she directed, drew, shot and produced 4 animated movies all to go to high echelon film festivals and an award at MADCAT WOMANS FILM FESTIVAL. She put herself thru St. Martins art school in London selling ice cream in a movie theater to return to her Beloved New York and open in 2006 her 2 labels Boiy Krazi/JOANN BERMAN. Her first infamous store attracted the likes of RIHANNA and LUMIDEE and was to burn down mysteriosly 2 months later.
Regrouping she opened in WILLIAMSBURG, to be once again shut down by the stock market crash of 2009. NOT to ever stop in the face of adversity she moved to her now FUN FACTORY LOFT in Bushwick and has shown 6 times in 2 years including 2x at THE GREEN SHOWS to standing Ovations. SHE has a diverse and FABULOUS customer/fanbase of the most shining fashion forward Men and women movers and shakers in the BROOKLYN/MANHATTAN vicinity. She has from the day she woke up to the day she dies sworn to the world of old, used, recycled upscaled, downscaled thru art fashion and film and has appeared in the NY TIMES, ITALIAN VOGUE, WWD and many other publications and has had Art work in THE MUSEO DEL BARRIO. She Lives in Brooklyn with her Husband and very best Friend/Mechanic to all her sewing machines Leonel Logrono-Hiraldo and her legacy is most of all truly sustainable.
JoAnn Berman is a New York/London based artist/designer
photo: Mabuhay Gardens SF PUNK 1977