“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”
– Pablo Picasso
I am crazy about art and like Picasso’s quote, I still feel like a child when it comes to art. There is always a discovery to be made–ah moment–that leads to exploring possibilities.
– Odalis Soto, founder of SSUthreads, Sunny Side Up Threads
The Three W's
SUNNY SIDE UP Threads is an online community of artists. Local artists create original SUNNY SIDE UP Threads designs that become what we like to call “wearable art”.
For every purchase you make, you are supporting our mission by contributing to the Flying Coop Art Fund. By doing this you are partaking in their creative expression and engaging as a participant in our local art community.
The Flying Coop Art Fund
Flying Coop Art Fund gives art supplies to high school students within our community, allowing them to fly and soar to reach their full artistic potential and creative endeavors. With every purchase from the Flying Coop Art Fund, you will be helping a young artist.
Why Pick our Eggs?
When you purchase a tee from one of our Eggcellent Chickadees, a portion of the sales will go to them, so that young artists can directly benefit from their artwork.
We are located in beautiful South Florida. We are sizzling with talent and if you are motivated and obsessed with artwork, send me an email to discuss your idea(s): firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Odalis Soto. In 2014, I decided to take a leap of faith and start an online t-shirt company. In 2001, after working as a graphic designer for eighteen years in the corporate world, I reinvented myself and started my teaching career as a graphic design instructor.
I was ecstatic to be in the classroom with honest, creative, energetic teenagers. And as a former high school dropout, I understood the teenage years, and more importantly I understood my students. With my students, my art stems from them and their ideas. I continue to be amazed by their honesty and extreme bluntness at that. With the Flying Coop Art Fund, I hope to motivate and communicate to them the possibilities in art and the importance to dream, create and inspire–Always on the Sunny Side.
Thirteen years later, in 2014, I realized that even though I loved teaching and mentoring my students, it was time to pursue my dreams. I put into practice what I always reminded my students, “Do not conform. There is always room for improvement.” And I remembered my family’s idea of SUNNY SIDE UP.
Recently, my husband became unemployed, and out of desperation he had the notion that he could start a food truck business. It came as the result of what I like to call a “think tank”, a family brainstorm of sorts. My niece and husband were devising ideas for a lunch truck business that would serve only breakfast when my niece, inspired by her grandmother’s fried eggs, came up with the name Sunny Side Up. Fortunately for me, the lunch truck idea did not materialize, but SUNNY SIDE UP Threads did.
As SUNNY SIDE UP Threads started to become a reality, I could not stop thinking about the classroom and my kids. And how often many of them go without ever having art supplies, relying only on what the teacher and the classroom can provide. I realized I was starting a new business but I had not left the classroom nor did I want to. This is how the Flying Coop Art fund turned into a reality.
Our Coop's Values
Perform at your best and be creative to obtain possible results.
Approach others as significant individuals.
Be appreciative and live in a state of well being.
Understand that we all have different ideas, views, but we are one species.
Take personal action and reduce your carbon footprint.
Give your full support to something you believe that will impact the lives of others in a positive way.