Every Summer, we collaborate with an artist we admire to create the towel and tee-shirts for students who participate in our Bluefish Program. We’re stoked that we get to teach kids how to swim, and also send them home with gear made exclusively for them by important artists.
Mike Perry makes paintings, animation, sculptures, books, public art installations, monographs, exhibitions, drawings, silkscreens, and more. His creative purpose is to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring wonder you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you ponder what it is that this life is all about. That creative purpose is why we’re so excited that he designed the gear for our very first Summer Bluefish session, setting the bar for creative and inspired collaboration.
Japanese painter Misaki Kawai is known for her whimsical paintings, featuring everyday objects and comical characters in strange circumstances. Her style and subject matter are influenced by humor and playfulness, a couple traits that we like to emphasize in all of our projects. Her designs for the 2018 Summer Bluefish class reference Kiwi Beach, a place we’d all like to be.
Local artists Elissa Levy and Virgina Inés Vergara contributed their collaborative designs to + POOL’s 2022 Bluefish Program. Their artwork for the project “Selva & Shadow” appeared this summer not just on our Bluefish towels, but also in a mural located at 465 Grand Street, right in the community the + POOL learn-to-swim program served. Students could pass by the mural every day that displays the same imagery found on their pool towels!