…and not just in the kitchen! I presented ram-bunc-tious offerings in a gallery store during a recent exhibition opening at Grace Lane Gallery in Corona Del Mar, and visitors had fun trying on aprons while taking in the Installation of individual and collaborative works my yours truly and fellow artist, Bianca D’Amico.
The show included works made with recycled textiles and a collaborative performance/photography piece by Bianca and I.
There is a lovely movement of sewers aspiring to alter the landscape of mass production and consumption, one small project at a time. They are known as the Sewing Rebellion and they are lead by the devout and diligent Frau Fiber. An artist, activist and textile worker, she has helped organize Sewing Rebellion chapters in California, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Chapters meet once a month and work out a project designed by Frau Fiber in order to support more sustainable forms of consumption. Not only do participants gain technical skills in mending and construction, thus reducing the need for mass produced items; they create totally unique objects while flexing their creativity.
Sewing Rebels earn patches as they conquer a new project every month.
I learned about this group about a year ago and have unfortunately never been able to attend the LA chapter meetings. Good news for me and other over-extended folk, you can be a ‘chapter of one’ by checking out the website for instructions and guides to projects past and present.
As the current economy shrinks, it may be worth investing a little time honing our skills in order to support a smaller and more stable economy. Or, maybe just consider these activities as fun ways to get creative with neighbors and friends!
Working as an artist in varied forms of production, from my studio to the entertainment industry, I have come to notice and appreciate the resulting scrap materials that are generated. Scraps have obvious utilitarian value in a production setting. In a wood shop, scraps are set aside diligently, to be used for various purposes in future projects. In a sewing practice, scraps that are left after the clothing is made, become the primary media in the construction of a quilt. The discarded item acquires a new role.
Aside from the utilitarian value, these leftover pieces possess uniquely formal traits. Their organic shapes take on anthropomorphic qualities like clouds in the sky. The negative spaces invite you to take an alternative look, acquire a skewed perspective. Without any intent, the forms materialize out of the scrap pile, born into the world by accident, a secondary gesture.