The ubiquitous blue jean has become an American staple. Almost every person has a pair or has worn a pair at sometime in their life. The original blue jean, invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873, was meant to be used as heavy duty work attire. Eventually they became a fashion phenomenon.
The denim on this chair goes back to Chicago, where my husband Tommy was part of an "art gang," called "The Fishheads," derived from the fish market which sat below their loft spaces. Art gangs were know to play pranks on each other in the form of performance pieces.
One of Tommy's best friends, Sandy Simon, now owner of the TRAX Gallery in Berkeley, embroidered "Fishhead" on the back his favorite denim jacket and Tommy wore it until there was more holes than cloth. I salvaged the embroidery and used it it to cover the back of the chair, so the Fishhead story lives on.