The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania
Creative Makers Exhibit: Xtreme Wear
Photographs of Xtreme Wear, which can be found in Clearfield County.
Decorating apparel is Xtreme Wear's passion.
Xtreme Wear has three professional artisans on staff to help bring ideas to life, and the company takes pride in the quality of its work.
Visiting the shop in Dubois, PA, you’ll find a modern and clean space – including a showroom that features various apparel and hats, a design room and a production room in the back.
The artisans and makers bring their skills together to produce wearable art for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The designers create original artwork. Others oversee a computer that controls the screen-printer – which resembles a mechanical octopus. A screen at the end of each “arm” presses a new dye color directly onto garments rotating on a flat surface below it.
Alignment is really important in this process, explains owner Rich Smith.
The dyes are cured under heat at a baking station and are inspected for accuracy.
In another large room, there are two large hat embroidery machines. They simultaneously move sewing threads – each working on about 12 hats at a time.
“Although both items are garments, they don’t share the same techniques,” explained Smith.
Xtreme Wear boasts more than 20 years of experience in decorating apparel and is a PA Wilds logo licensee.
These images were captured by Tracy Smith as part of the 2018 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
The PA Wilds is home to an impressive and diverse community of skilled artisans, craftspeople, and producers working across a variety of media. The PA Wilds Conservation Shop is proud to source and curate our shop using products made the many talented makers of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
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PA Wilds Conservation Shops are owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. To learn more about our nonprofit mission please visit pawildscenter.org.