WELCOME TO CLAUDE CLARK HERITAGE APPAREL
Clark-Pan Apparel is quality Accessories that are imaged or designed by a husband and wife team Claude Lockhart Clark and Jian Ying Pan. The apparel items are Western design and the images on T-shirts and tote bags represent various cultures, with major emphasis on ethnic heritages. If you wish to see the T-Shirt selections then press your finger on above and below images.
Claude Lockhart Clark is a famous African American artist. He is a graphic artist, photographer and a sculptor. For over 20 years he exhibited his art in Museum group shows and college galleries.
His wife Jian Ying Pan crochets scarf and sweaters. She recently as of 2014 start teaching herself to crochet Western/Chinese Culture handbags and purses native to China. Jian crochets in her spare time after work. She crochets an outside layer covered with plastic rings laced with yarn. Inside the outer layer is another crochet compartment that has an inside pocket and closes using a magnetic snap or zipper. The interesting part about the inside portion of each purse is that the inside compartment is a separate from the out side compartment and the two separate bags are woven together at the top.
Clark is both a Western European trained artist and a self-taught traditional African woodcarver with style and tradition of his own. Clark has been using a camera since 1959. In 1967 Clark had to record pictures of artistís work for his fatherís art history classes being taught at a Community College in California. Many of the artists were painters so that meant that the young Clark had to make sure color balance in his fatherís slides were correct. In doing so for his father and other artistís work Clark was able to repeated the same process for him self. All the photographs, pictures of drawings; paintings and some sculptures you see on T-shirts, aprons and tote bags are photographs taken by Clark. Quality Postcards in Oakland did printing of images on aprons and tote bags.
Jonathan Eubanks an African American heritage photographer took pictures of Clarkís sculptures.
Clark has been classified as a fine artist since he left college. There is nothing wrong with that except most fine artistsí exhibit their work in places reserved for dead people. A very few people enjoy the work produced by Western Fine Artists. Either a select educated group and/or financially privileged group of people visit ďmuseum MausoleumsĒ. Most Western fine art is buried while artists are still alive and people go to various gravesites around the world to view their artwork.
Clark has an additional problem. His artwork has been classified as ethnology. He had to find away to keep his work from disappearing into Anthropology basement cabinets before it had a chance to be seen or used by someone. African art and culture has never been acceptable in Europe and it became crystal clear that it would be unacceptable in European Western colonies as well. Clark had to find a vehicle for introducing African Artwork to a Western clientele. People feel comfortable with things already known to them. That is just a part of human nature.
People like to enjoy them selves when spending their hard-earned money. Indigenous artists need to become keenly aware of this if they expect to sell artwork in Western society.
Clark needed something that Westerners used on a daily basis and felt comfortable with. He decided to try T-shirts. Clark needed to find subject mater that his prospects could identify with and feel comfortable wearing. This wasnít going to be an easy task, because the content of his work would still be focused on appealing to an inside culture. So Clark would have to search for things that Westerners would enjoy as well without changing the orientation of his original intention.