COLLABS

One of the most exciting moments while creating Collab Bears, was coming together with artists from different genres to create our rare bears. It was one of the most creative moments of my career.


- Audrey Schilt, Artist and Co-founder of Collab Bears.

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COLLAB BEARS +  KEO XMEN

KEO XMEN, also known as SCOTCH 79, is an iconic New York City graffiti artist working in this style since 1979. In 1984, at the age of 17, KEO was selected to exhibit in his first group show at the legendary FUN GALLERY alongside Jean Michael Basquiat, Dondi White, Keith Haring, Futura 2000, and many other luminaries of the movement. His work has graced many album covers, book jackets, and apparel. KEO‘s art appears in major motion pictures and music videos, and he is currently producing animation.

 

This particular piece titled “30 Grand” was a collaborative effort with Audrey Schilt, the legendary fashion illustrator and co-founder of Collab Bears. KEO was excited by the opportunity to place the Bear in an urban environment. KEO will be providing five different backgrounds, which will only be duplicated 100 times each, for a total of 500 out of 10,000-- making any Collab Bears x KEO NFT a "Rare" piece in the collection.

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COLLAB BEARS + 88 KEYS

88 Keys is a legend in the hip-hop world. He’s behind some of music’s hottest tracks. He’s produced Grammy-winning tracks for top artists--from John Legend to Pusha T, including the highly visible song "No Church in the Wild" from Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album Watch the Throne. Most recently, 88 Keys is responsible for producing several tracks in Kanye West’s Donda 2 album. His discography is fit for the icon that he is. You can see his full tracklist and extended bio ON Tidal

 

88 Keys and Audrey Schilt go waaay back. Since 1997, back when he would attend Audrey’s art gallery showings. For the Collab Bears project, 88 Keys curated eight outfits and accessories which will be used to create 88 different NFTs. Below you’ll find a picture from when Audrey and 88 first met and a sneak peek at a Collab Bears x 88 Keys NFT.

Neil Lane, Celebrity Jeweler, collaborates with Collab Bears NFT

COLLAB BEARS + NEIL LANE

For the last two decades, Neil’s jewelry has been worn by some of the world's most glamorous & influential people. His designs can be seen on virtually every red carpet in Hollywood, at high-profile weddings and top A-list events. Neil is also the official jewelry designer for ABC’s The Bachelor franchise. With an eye for style and elegance, Neil is an avid collector of period jewels and antiques and has mastered the art of creating unique home designs and interior furnishings inspired by influential periods in art history in a contemporary fashion.

 

Neil's designs will grace 500 Collab Bear NFTS. Of the 500 NFTs, the rarest NFT will be adorned with every piece he designed for the collaboration.

You can learn more about Neil Lane here.

Collab Bears Stacey Celeste

COLLAB BEARS + STACEY CELESTE

Stacey Celeste has had an impressive career in just a short amount of time and we couldn't be more proud to have her as an Artist Collaborator! She hails from NYC's prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Production Management and a specialization in color theory.

 

She has had the distinct privilege to intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art where she was able to work with many individuals and artists in the industry, including the notable Jeff Koons. She has also had the opportunity to work in the development department of companies such as Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and Tommy Hilfiger. She is a legend in the making and we are honored to have her on our team.

 

Stacey is responsible for creating our luxurious texturized backgrounds for our premium Bear NFTs. Like with everything created and organized in the Collab Bears project, Stacey's attention to detail and purpose is reflected in her design. 

A statement from Stacey Celeste:

 

"Here are backgrounds I've created for Collab Bears. You will find texturized backgrounds with a bit of a fabric and a vintage feel. Since the bears are hand-drawn, I wanted to give the background a bit more of an authentic feel that is tied back to the nostalgia of the bear and fashion influence. Texturized backgrounds are not really in many of the NFTs in the market - definitely a miss and as unique as hand-drawn bears.

 

I've also created backgrounds with a gradient "spotlight" effect - bringing the eye right to the bear front and center and giving it almost an ethereal look. I think these will go great with the bears that are based on real people as it gives a bit more of a "humanizing" feel. The background here is also textured - again to offer an extra hand in the authenticity of the creation of these bears. Overall I kept the colors pretty muted/dark to not take away from the bear itself! It was a lot of fun working on this."

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