A-Z West, an institute of investigative living:  The A-Z enterprise encompasses all aspects of day to day living. Home furniture, clothing, food all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.

Contributors to the A-Z West blog include Andrea Zittel and Patrick Woody

For more information visit the comprehensive A-Z Website.


17 Comments on “About”

  1. yhbhs says:

    when is a good time to visit?

  2. Zittel says:

    The next opportunity to visit will probably be in the fall in connection with “The New Everyday Life” (the schedule will be posted on the HDTS website as soon as the participants are confirmed)

    • kit boyce says:

      i have the same visit question, but autumn (as cali experiences it ) has come and gone. any chance for an update? thanks. kit

      • andrea zittel says:

        Sure – you can go to the High Desert Test Sites website to see what tours are coming up. (Four tours are offered a year) Here is a direct link to the tour page.

  3. Tiffany Kantor says:

    is it possible to purchase a wagon station? and if so, what is the price range? i’m a young college student currently, but would absolutely love to have one of these one day.

    • andrea zittel says:

      Hi Tiffany,
      They are expensive because they cost a lot to make, and because they are sold through the gallery as art. But we are opening up the project so that people can come stay in them a few times a year – stay tuned for the spring dates in case you want to try one out here in the desert.

  4. Deanne says:

    I am looking for simple crochet instructions so that I could create my own uniforms. I love your uniforms and I am an avid sewer but I would like to learn how to crochet. I need simple instructions. I really want to make a vest?

    • andrea zittel says:

      I would recommend taking lessons at your local fiber store… There are lots of books that explain how to crochet, but nothing beats being shown first hand. (My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was eight!) Good Luck!

  5. Julie says:

    Hi Andrea,

    It looks like the “visiting” question hasn’t been asked in almost 2 years, so I’ll ask again. Is there a good time to visit the site? I’ve always been so intrigued.

    🙂 Julie

    • andrea zittel says:

      Hi Julie,

      We’re going to have a couple of tours of AZ West through High Desert Test Sites. It’s looking like it will start in March and be bi-monthly, if you sign up on the HDTS email list you’ll get the exact dates and official notification.


  6. Bruno Almeida says:

    Hi Andrea,
    My name is Bruno Almeida, and I am a recent graduate in Architecture.
    I would be very interested in working for a period of time as an assistant at A-Z West.
    I have sent my CV to the galleries that represent you, hoping that they would foward you the information.
    Hope you get it eventually.
    Best regards!

    • andrea zittel says:

      Hi Bruno,

      You can send your CV to my office assistant at office@zittel.org. (we currently have enough people working here as assistants – but sometimes have internship positions available) Thanks!

  7. np says:

    I saw on the encampment pg that Oct is open season; how can I get more details about visiting?

    • andrea zittel says:

      We are already booked to capacity this October – but will be starting to plan our spring season soon. You can email office@zittel.org if you want to be sent more information as we start to sort things out. Thanks!

  8. Grace says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Just emailing to check whether there are any opportunities to visit in November/ December? It doesn’t look like there is but I am an artist coming all the way from the tiny island of Tasmania, Australia in November and just wanted to check! I would really love to visit so any info you can give me is much appreciated

  9. Nikki says:

    Hi Andrea,
    Thought you would appreciate Nicola Twilley’s writings and images.

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