December 9, 2012

The Diamondback

11th Loop has the first 100% Organic Cotton t-shirt printed. This first shirt is a test to see how long the digital print will last on natural fibers. The shirts design name is 'The Diamondback' because of the Saguaro spine design being inside of a diamond shape, placed on the back of the shirt. 11th Loop has also printed onto a 100% Organic Cotton reusable tote bag, using the same design as the shirt. Diamondback rattle snakes are a popular snake in the Sonoran desert. They are both feared and treasured by people all around the World. At 11th Loop we look at the snake as a symbol of wisdom and ancient medication. We feel blessed to bring the power on the serpent to our t-shirt design.

11th Loop is working to create sustainable apparel,make you look and feel good.

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November 30, 2012

Not Easy

"If it was easy, everyone would be doing it." This is what my father would say when things got tough. Not everyone is thinking about creating a positive environment. This is because it is not easy to do. Still this must be done. By who? When ? These are the questions we ask yourselves has we trip through the 21 st century. It is time we make it a little easier to take care of ourselves. Make a move in the right direction. Reduce the amount of waste you create in your home. Reuse things, to consolidate and save money. Recycle in your home and office. Having two separate cans for these things works, and gets people to think twice about what the are putting in the trash. We must start this sustainable movement NOW, it is already to late, no time to waste. To know how you can get involved email us at

November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving in my family is 'Take a Hike Day' meaning for a couple of hours you are outside enjoying the natural surroundings. Today Nathaniel and I walked the banks of the Verde River. In years past we have kayaked the river before a evening feast. Now, we spend time on our two feet, hopping from river rocks, Jumping into the river from the sandy banks, and basking in the cool desert water. Today it was 80+deg. so getting in the river was no problem. Felt good. November in the Sonoran Desert is a time when cottonwood and willow trees are turning bright yellow. The desert broom is blooming creating and white snowlike flurry flying through the air and still it is warm enough to swim. Walking along the banks we find tons of garbage, old cans, broken glass, shooting areas littered and more trash then we can even carry out. We spend a good part of an hour doing the best we can cleaning up. Then take it back to the truck. On the drive home we talked of many different ways we could help people understand this fragile Eco-system. Raising the awareness to our community by coming out for a trek. The true beauty of the Sonoran Desert is deep within the canyons, high up on the hill, and down along the banks of the Verde River. As an Arizona Native I give thanks to having a water source in the desert. Now, it is time that we take care of it. Join for more details on how you can help your local area or you could join us for a trek to experience it for yourself.

"Nurture Nature"

November 9, 2012

Rain Dance

As an Arizona Native of the Sonoran desert there is one thing we love more then anything else and that is the Rain. When the rain comes to the valley of the sun, you can smell the creosote, see the gigantic thunderheads, and hear the rumbling thunder. This is a time when the Earth speaks to us. The vibration of the sky, connecting to the soft dirt of the Earth, helps us to fell the trance. Leading us into a natural way of life. Anticipation of what is to come next on our journey is what we are left with as we walk deeper into the Sonoran Desert dancing in the rain.
We all have a connection with Nature, laying dormant deep with the core of our humanity. Finding that, and driving that way of life will help you and future communities to flourish respecting all Natures of Life. Like reawakening the dry desert with the moisture of the sky.You are one with Nature, find more thought provoking desert writings at

November 6, 2012

Functional Art

"It's more than just something you mat, frame and hang on your wall," Nathaniel said. "It's functional art, something to wear, cherish and show off."-N.P.K.

This is where the idea of 11th Loop was born. Creating art was never the hard part, it was the meaning behind it. The Why. For the next couple of months this question would haunt us as we would edit, write, rewrite, move, delete, add and strait up experiment with the idea of making a functional art. In the end we came up with check out the website and also 'Like' our page on Facebook to receive eco-friendly Sonoran style updates.

"Keeping You in the Loop"

November 1, 2012

Our Sonoran Style

Growing up in the desert was never an easy thing. Harsh conditions shaped us as young boys, running free down endless washes barefoot. Playing for hours on end in the brutal summer sun, drinking from hoses, and building forts. This raw upbringing taught my brother and I to respect the power of Nature. Now we are on a mission to clean up the desert and create art. Join us for this exciting journey.

May 4, 2012

Pop Rocket Press

Blog by 11th Loo
Photos by Nathaniel Kastelic
Writings by Nick DeMarino

On the table rests a photograph.

"It started in high school with this one," says Nathaniel Kastelic, pausing with Rosebud fatalism. "'Rotation Transformation.'"

Nathaniel snapped the black-and-whites that form the composite image a decade ago on and of Black Mountain for an annual photography contest in Cave Creek.

His winning submission was pivot of four photos. Three share a mountainous silhouette, cloud wisps and a monkey-armed tree.

"See how the cactus grows diagonally there?" asks Benjamin Kastelic, Nathaniel's older brother, motioning to the fourth 4-by-6 - a mountainside saguaro brokers the curious ouroboros.

The 27-year-old and 30-year-old Kastelic siblings, both teachers at Acorn Montessori School, sit across the table from each other in their angular cabin west of Prescott, near Iron Springs.

"They were supposed to put the winners on postcards," Ben says.

"But how would you do that with this?" Nathaniel finishes, further describing how a trigger-happy photo session lead to the piece.

"I put all of them out, was picking which ones I wanted, and saw it as I turned them on the coffee table," he says. "It was boom: That's it. That is it."

Nathaniel continued experimenting with the imaging technique, and more punctuated equilibrium followed.

Boom: There're his symmetrically inflected nature photos.

Boom: There're his time-lapse videos of photo montages assembled in nature.

Boom: There're the silk dress and skirt prototypes for 11th Loop, a new line of clothes developed by the brothers Kastelic.

"It's more than just something you mat, frame and hang on your wall," Nathaniel said. "It's functional art, something to wear, cherish and show off."

Common threads

Plenty of people come to Codi Bounds with clothing ideas.

"I've done a lot of wedding dresses, bridesmaid, prom and formal dresses, many of them from pictures and patterns," says Bounds, of Prescott, who has sewn projects for about 15 years.

Nathaniel and Ben's idea to launch a clothing line featuring repeating nature patterns, though, is novel.

"I think it's cool. They have a different perspective on women's clothing than I do, and their excitement is, well, yeah, really exciting," Bounds says.

A sundress, a miniskirt, a full dress, a skirt and a blouse - these silken prototypes, each with its own pattern, synthesize designs nursed by botanical evolution, artwork and abstraction.

The first one came together in March. The rest should be done by June.

At first glance, the patterns are vibrant bursts of psychedelia. The double take: they're mesmerizing fractals that spiral in on themselves. The third time, they're kaleidoscopes of symmetry. Fourth, and furthermore, they're all three. It's a shock to hear there's little photo manipulation at play.

"At first, we were only concerned about showcasing the pictures," Nathaniel says, likening fabric to canvas. "But as we talked to Codi and got deeper into it, we realized there was a lot more going on."

Nathaniel and Ben point out swaths of solid pink in a dress design they'd originally dismissed as well as the slanted pattern on a skirt they'd never anticipated.

"Even though they had very specific patterns in mind, we'd try different things," Bounds says. "Understanding garments, I pushed for designs that would work across multiple sizes, something universal."

Pattern recognition

If all goes well, 11th Loop clothing could be on sale in Prescott boutiques or online at next year.

The Kastelic brothers founded the label in November, specifically 11/11/11, and they're excited to move forward, although the new media and medium have raised fundamental questions.

"At one point we had to ask ourselves, 'Are we fashion designers? Is that what we're trying to do?'" says Ben, who's in charge of the 11th Loop's Internet presence.

"That's what I'm saying. We're not trying to be fashion designers, necessarily, but here we are." Nathaniel says.

As the April sun sets over the Prescott National Forest casting long shadows through the family cabin's picture windows the brothers wax esoteric.

One wall is decorated with cutouts from Vogue magazines and Nathaniel's designs. The opposite wall is dominated by a whiteboard webbed with ideas.

A list, "Fashion words: glamorous, classy, elegant, amped up, punchy, flawless, riveting, unique, now/current/trend, sophisticated, polished, sleek, bold aesthetic." It's topped by a cartoon word bubble, "Things just a got a little more interesting."

As Nathaniel and Ben discuss their love of nature, outdoor sports, the fine arts, and their newfound interest in fashion, the subject of sibling rivalry simmers.

It turns out this is the first time they've worked together on an artistic project for which Nathaniel has taken the lead.

"I've always thought of myself supporting him, as blazing the trail," says Ben, who often finishes his brother's sentences.

He tells a story about a drawing contest they had as children. They drew airplanes and pushed their dad to pick a favorite. ("No, they're not both outstanding; one of them is the best; you have to pick one.") It was Nathaniel's because he put a pilot in the cockpit.

"I don't remember this that clearly," Nathaniel says. "But yeah, as a younger brother I was always trying to be better than my older brother at everything."

Competition, it seems, sparks the fire of creativity, but it takes cooperation to foster a creative pyre.

"I got into the drawing and writing, and he got into photography, so we each had separate areas to flourish," Ben says. "Now, with help of so many people, it's all coming together."