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San Francisco Summer of Love

by Ted Livingston
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In 1967, San Francisco was the heart of the vibrant counterculture scene that has become known as the Summer of Love! 

In the mid-1960s, artists, activists, writers, and musicians converged on Haight-Ashbury with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. By 1967, the neighborhood would attract as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation. The neighborhood became ground zero for their activities, and nearby Golden Gate Park their playground.

 

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA.

The period is marked by groundbreaking developments in art, fashion, music, and politics. Local bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead were the progenitors of what would become known as the “San Francisco Sound,” music that found its visual counterpart in creative industries that sprang up throughout the region. Rock-poster artists such as Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson generated an exciting array of distinctive works featuring distorted hand-lettering and vibrating colors, while wildly creative light shows, such as those by Bill Ham and Ben Van Meter, served as expressions of the new psychedelic impulse.

 

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Ted Livingston, CreativeLive

 

Distinctive codes of dress also set members of the Bay Area counterculture apart from mainstream America. Local designers began to create fantastic looks using a range of techniques and materials, including leatherwork, hand-painting, knitting and crochet, embroidery, repurposed denim, and tie-dye. These innovators included Birgitta Bjerke, aka 100% Birgitta; Mickey McGowan, aka the Apple Cobbler; Burray Olson; and Jeanne Rose.

 


In honor of the 50th celebration of The Summer of Love, we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite classes inspired by Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

 

The San Franciso DeYoung museum has paid tribute to the art, fashion and rock n roll. Also, a hopeful reminder that significant political change is possible when people lift their voices and stand together. The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll commemorates an “only in San Francisco” social and aesthetic movement, and will remind museum visitors that in a time of international upheaval, the city played a vital role in changing society and amplifying the pulse of the nation.

 


In honor of the 50th celebration of The Summer of Love, we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite classes inspired by Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

 

The monumental San Francisco Summer of Love happened right here in our (CreativeLive) backyard. A few weeks ago a handful of us made it down to the San Franciso DeYoung museum to check out the Summer of Love exhibit. We all walked away inspired and very proud to help carry the torch here in San Franciso of individuality and creativity through art, music, fashion, and life.

 

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

Here at CreativeLive we champion artists, creatives, and explorers of all kinds. Our mission is to inspire their dreams in work, in life, and in a hobby. Similar to the vibrant Haight Ashbury scene we too seek to create a community of sharing, open minds and pursuing dreams.

 


In honor of the 50th celebration of The Summer of Love, we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite classes inspired by Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

 

In our co-founder and CEO’s own words-

“Little did I know at the time that this concept of sharing knowledge and building community – that helping others have the courage and know-how to pursue their own dreams – would eventually culminate into what has today become CreativeLive.” Chase Jarvis


In honor of the 50th celebration of The Summer of Love, we’ve hand-picked some of our favorite classes inspired by Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll.

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

 

At CreativeLive creativity gives us hope – helps us innovate, imagine, and make the work around us more like the one we wish to see. This same spirit was deep-rooted in the Summer of Love.

 

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

 

To support the San Francisco Summer of Love we’ve hand-picked some our favorite classes inspired by The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll check them out, right here!

The Summer of Love Experience – DeYoung Museum – San Francisco, CA. Photo – Kym Cortigiano, CreativeLive

 

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