Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

Alex Stadler: Philadelphia Renaissance Man


stadler-Kahn scarves hanging at Geppetto.

Alex Stadler, the guest curator of the current exhibition HomeWork, is a multifaceted art-maker. His unique and eclectic vision finds expression in the colorful patterns of his textiles, the pages of the books he has written and illustrated, as well as in the collection of treasures on view at his Rittenhouse boutique, stadler-Kahn. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Stadler has been based in Philadelphia for 25 years. The Art Alliance is pleased to collaborate with Stadler on both HomeWork and our holiday pop-up shop, Geppetto. A representative range of Stadler’s work is available at Geppetto, from his rich, brightly colored graphic textiles and paintings, to his quirky and humorous picture books for adults and children.

As a textile designer, Stadler has worked with a number of prestigious companies, including Comme des Garçons, Jack Lenor Larsen, Nina Campbell LTD, Todd Oldham, John Bartlett, Elizabeth Dow and babyGap. Stadler combines bold graphic designs with vivid colors, and his woolen scarves and socks make unique and warm gift for anyone on your list. Stadler has also created a line of children’s clothing centered around the character Bingo, with tiny carrier bags, t-shirts and button downs. Also available are several of Stadler’s children’s books, including Lila Bloom, about a little girl who adamantly does not want to go to her ballet class, and Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book, a library adventure involving dinosaurs. For adults, Stadler has created the character of Willie, a rather fabulous dog who sports haute couture while engaging in a variety of unlikely activities for a canine, such as parachuting and shopping.

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Detail from What Willie Wore, by Alex Stadler.

Alex Stadler’s vision is behind all the work on view at Geppetto, which feels like a cozy, singularly well-appointed living room. Come down to the Art Alliance this December and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Geppetto will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 7 pm from December 10, 2015, to January 3, 2016. Closed on Mondays.

Text by Flora Ward, Intern.

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