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Wholesale opportunities now available

Put SoundSuitShop in your own shop

Don't miss us at the Museum Store Association Conference in Booth 437. We will launching a over 20 new products that matter. If you are interested carrying our line in your store please send your wholesale request to

SSS is currently carried at: Seattle Art Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

News + Events – Posted on April 11, 2011

Sheridan Road, April/May 2011

Nick Cave has been making Soundsuits for nearly 20 years, and though they've been lauded in the art world, their spread in Vogue's September Issue secured Cave a whole new brand of recognition.

Exhibitions – Posted on March 30, 2011

Seattle Art Museum, March 2011

“Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is an invitation by the artist to break free from the confines of our daily life and travel to a place in which imagination is unencumbered,” said SAM’s Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art. “Nick Cave is an extraordinary artist whose work is a true confluence of art, movement and sound that is impossible to resist.”

Shop Talk – Posted on April 1, 2011

SoundSuitShop | SAM

After leading you through a magical, mystical, fantastic journey, interwoven with nostalgia, memory, and the transformative, Meet Me at the Center of the Earth culminates with SoundSuitShop | SAM, an immersive shopping experience in the last gallery of the exhibition.

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About the Company

Surface and Soul

SoundSuitShop was created to share the art of Nick Cave with a wider audience than his exhibitions can possibly reach. These simple, practical items transport Nick’s richly patterned, highly conceptual Soundsuits into the realm of everyday life. The quality and ingenuity of every SoundSuitShop item make them easy to wear, share or simply enjoy. Expect every SoundSuitShop product to spark thought, conversation and even pure wonder. Each product has been carefully sourced and designed to outperform other products in its category. As Nick's work evolves, so does SoundSuitShop’s selection. Product quantities will be limited to a single production run; we hate to disappoint, so please order early.

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Design by Faust Associates
Development by  Cartel Blanche
Photos by James Prinz

Nick Cave


As both artist and partner, Nick is the vision of all things "Soundsuit". He is also the Chairman of the Fashion Department at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Nick is a trans-artist working between sculpture, installation, performance, video, designed object and fashion. His work is shown nationally and internationally and is very interested in using his work as a impetus for outreach in the community at large.

Bob Faust


As partner and design director, Bob both designs and develops all SoundSuitShop products. He is also the founder and creative director of Faust Associates, a design and branding firm in Chicago with clients such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Four Seasons Hotels, Playboy Enterprises and McDonald’s Corporation. He has been recognized as a design leader by many prestigious publications and organizations and has recently served as sponsorship chair for AIGA, the professional association for design, and is currently a member of the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Committee.


Upcoming Events

Meet Me at the Center of the Earth

Soundsuitshop SAM pop-up shop
Seattle Art Museum

March 8, 2011 – June 5, 2011

Conversation with Cynthia Rowley

Seattle Art Museum

March 30, 2011

Pictoplasma Conference

Berlin, Germany

April 8, 2011

Moorehead University
Moorehead, Kentucky
April 14, 2011

Public Parade

Residency Project with University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee
April 23, 2011


Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, Illinois

June 18 – October 16, 2011


Smart Museum of Art

Chicago, Illinois

June 29th – September 2011

Meet Me at the Center of the Earth

Taubman Art Museum
Roanoke, Virginia
August 2011 – January 2012

Concurrent Exhibitions
Mary Boone Gallery and Jack Shainman Gallery
New York, New York

Sept 8, 2011 – October 8, 2011


Weatherspoon Art Museum
Greensboro, North Carolina

September 17 – December 11, 2011


Prospect 2

New Orleans, Louisiana
October 2011 – December 2011

Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati, Ohio
January 2012 – April 2012

Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Boise Art Museum

Boise, Idaho

May 19 – September 23, 2012

Exhibitions – Posted on January 30, 2009

Jack Shainman Gallery, January 2009

Jack Shainman Gallery
New York

A row of suits of woven hair in vibrant colors, from fluorescent orange and lime green to royal blue, lines one wall in the back gallery. These creatures with their amorphous and undefined bodies are apparitions hovering between a human form and an abstract painting. A U-shaped runway situated opposite these figures features another diverse group of Soundsuits, some with sleeker, formfitting bodysuits comprised of found fabrics and materials including buttons, sequins and beads that are combined and sewn together into intricate patterns and designs. Metal armatures adorned with a range of objects including painted ceramic birds, flowers, brass ornaments, and strands of beads, top the figures and serve as headdresses that activate the sculpture and provide a visual and textural contrast to the soft bodysuit.

Soundsuits, named for the sounds made when the sculptures are worn, are as reminiscent of African and religious ceremonial costumes as they are of haute couture. A multitude of references bring to mind not only disparate cultural traditions but they also highlight Cave’s diverse background and artistic training. Cave studied and danced with Alvin Ailey and created his own clothing line which he featured in a shop he opened and ran for ten years. He is as interested in fashion and cultural, ritualistic and ceremonial concepts as he is in politics, a domain that has always been part of his work as demonstrated by acts of collecting and reconfiguring elements and concealing the identity, race, and gender, of those who wear his suits. Rendering them faceless and anonymous the suits help these individuals transcend the political realm in order to enter the realm of dreams and fantasy.

Here Cave also presents a number of new sculptures that break from his traditional form, the Soundsuit. Comprised of recognizable ready-made objects these sculptures are overt political statements in themselves.