Artist in Residence - J. Stark: Jess + Erik Holmberg

June 22 - 25, 2022

From their hybrid retail/workspace in Charleston, South Carolina, leather crafters Jess and Erik created aesthetically minimalistic and highly functional backpacks, tote bags, wallets, dopp kits, briefcases, and accessories. Together, with their eclectic team of music lovers, foodies, philanthropists, and creatives, they work in bridle leather, canvas, heavyweight twill, and waxed canvas. The designers keep the product’s aesthetic classic and simple, stating “We don’t put a pocket where a pocket doesn’t belong.”

Co-founder Erik Holmberg named the company’s products after his midwestern parents, who grew up in inner city Ohio, explaining the names “come from the streets they walked to school on, drove their 57 Chevy on, kissed on, rumbled on… It’s a tribute to them, Cleveland, the beautifully scarred years of youth, and to dreamers.”

2022 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 22

4:00 – 6:00 pm:  Welcome Reception at FLOW Gallery + Workshop

Join us in the FLOW Gallery + Workshop courtyard as we welcome Erik & Jess Holmberg of the Charleston leather goods brand J. Stark to Palmetto Bluff. Light food and beverages will be served.

Thursday, June 23

1:00 – 4:00 pm:  J. Stark Gallery Hours at FLOW Gallery + Workshop

Friday, June 24

10 – 11:30 am:  J. Stark Gallery Hours at FLOW Gallery + Workshop

2:00 – 4:00 pm: Dip-Dyed Small Leather Goods Workshop at FLOW Gallery + Workshop

Join us for a dip-dyeing leather workshop where workshop attendees will have coasters and key chains available to personalize under the instruction of J. Stark co-owners, Jess and Erik Holmberg. Personalize items by stamping letters, initials, or small sayings into their selected item. Jess and Erik will then walk everyone through the hydro dip dyeing process, where attendees candip-dye their keychains and coasters using any combination of colors and designs. The workshop will finish with guests learning how to seal their items for future use.

Saturday, June 25

10:00 – 11:30 am:  J. Stark Gallery Hours at FLOW Gallery + Workshop

2:00 – 4:00 pm: Hand-Stitched Wallet Workshop at FLOW Gallery + Workshop

In this workshop, guests will learn how to stitch their own card wallet with the J. Stark team demonstrating techniques for a sturdy and long-lasting stitch, followed by hands-on time for guests to complete their own piece, including a chance to personalize their wallets with our leather stamps before leaving with a fully-functional finished product.