Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment
Release date: 03/07/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2014
Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist
Pacific Northwest College of Art
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Becca Biggs, Director of Communications
Pacific Northwest College of Art
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Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment
Portland, OR – March 7, 2014 – Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, an exhibition that draws from the experience of both designer and wearer to explore the culture of regional fashion, May 9 through October 11, 2014. Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment examines the design, production, circulation, use, and reuse of garments with works by eight Northwest fashion designers and collectives, including: Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Anna Cohen and Imperial Stock Ranch, Michelle Lesniak, Carole McClellan, The Portland Collection by Pendleton Woolen Mills, Liza Rietz, and Anna Telcs. Organized by Associate Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo, the exhibition features spectacular finished garments alongside ephemera to illustrate the behind-the-scenes of the designer’s process.
Fashioning Cascadia looks at the designer’s craft through the exhibition of work by regional clothiers including those involved in all aspects of the design and production, as well as those forging new production models based on locally-sourced and produced supply chains. The Northwest designers featured in the exhibition are committed to regional and slow clothing systems. As with the slow food movement, slow fashion seeks to challenge an industry focused on material output and explore more responsible methods of sourcing, producing, distributing, using, caring for, and repairing garments.
“We start with the craft of fashion, and then broaden our scope to look at the social life of the garment,” says Sarah Margolis-Pineo. “The way garments are made, the way we live with them, the way we make them our own are inherently political. I’m interested in how designers and artists can help us imagine new models of production and consumption that can position us for a more sustainable future.”
To invite more in-depth consideration, Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment will feature a number of participatory projects to engage the public in examining the “craft of use,” defined as the ways we engage, use, and re-fashion clothing day-to-day. Conceptual artworks by a number of nationally recognized artists will illuminate cultural attitudes informed by the fashion industry through dialogue, storytelling, and hands-on workshops. A highlight will be the activities of the Fashion Safe House, a project created by Swedish designer Otto von Busch as a platform for featured artists-in-residence to carry out work that examines individual behavior as a mechanism for social change.
Exhibition | Fashioning Cascadia, The Social Life of the Garment
May 9 through October 11, 2014
Friday May 9, 11am
Symposium | Prototyping Fashion’s Futures
Saturday May 31, 9am – 5pm
This symposium is conceived as a think tank to envision how Portland can become an incubator for the slow fashion movement. In the way that this region has transformed the fields of transportation, energy, and food, how can we harness this momentum to innovate the apparel industry?
Sentimental Value: Artist Talk and Writing Workshop with Emily Spivack
Saturday May 10, 1-3pm
Emily Spivack is a curator, writer, and fashion historian based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the creator and writer of Threaded, the Smithsonian’s fashion history blog. Her ongoing story collection project, Sentimental Value, will be on view at the Museum, and her forthcoming book, Worn Stories, will be released by Princeton Architectural Press, fall 2014.
Vintage Fashion Runway Show
Friday May 30, 7:30pm
AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium in partnership with Living Threads Vintage, Lodekka, Lulu’s Vintage, Shop Vintage Portland, and Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique present a runway fashion show featuring spectacular vintage garments from decades past. Hosted by AlexSandra and Tony Starlight of Tony Starlight’s Lounge, this event will include cocktails, a runway performance, and a trunk show.
Workshop | Otto von Busch presents Fashion Safe House: Wardrobe Hacktavism and Subversive Stitching
Monday June 2 – Thursday June 5, 10am – 5pm
This workshop with world-renowned Swedish fashion designer and writer Otto von Busch will involve establishing a Fashion Safe House in Museum of Contemporary Craft. Through the course of four days, participants will build the Safe House, make it into a “clashroom,” (or war room), test survival skills, produce signs or symbolic warfare such as flags and insignia, organize a “war-drobe,” (or uniform), from upcycled and re-fashioned materials, create tactical media and media strategies for alternative fashion, and regionalize resistance by reaching out to a network of fashion safe houses through printed media including ‘zines, pamphlets, and posters.
Artist-in-Residence: Stephanie Syjuco
June 10 – 21
Artist Talk | Stephanie Syjuco
Thursday June 12, 6:30pm
Workshop: Design, Sew, and Disguise with Dazzle Camouflage
Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21, 10am – 5pm
Using a dissonant array of printed and patterned textiles, San Francisco-based artist Stephanie Syjuco will create a limited edition line of garments that speak to ideas of modern day camouflage, re-envisioned “ethnic” prints, and surveillance technology. Long interested in issues of globalization, craft, and migration, her residency will function as a sewing area, showroom, and photo studio for a fictional fashion line exploring the phenomena of “dazzle camouflage” – a WWI-era method of applying graphic patterns onto battleships to confuse enemy aim.
Artist-in-Residence: Cassie Ridgway
July 15 – 26, 2014
Artist Talk | Cassie Ridgway
Thursday July 17, 6:30pm
Portland’s own Cassie Ridgway, designer and owner of Mag-Big and writer for MOD, the Portland Mercury fashion blog, presents In the Working Woman’s Uniform. For this project, Ridgway will work in the safe house to design three original garments that capture the function, purpose, and impact of uniforms for the working woman.
Artist-in-Residence: Adrienne Antonson
July 29 – August 9, 2014
Artist Talk | Adrienne Antonson
Thursday July 31, 6:30pm
Workshop: Felting: From Fiber to Function
Friday August 8 – Saturday August 9, 10am – 5pm
Adrienne Antonson is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer, and founder of the clothing label STATE. Antonson will present Fully Clothed, an on-going project that makes use of entirely salvaged garments and textiles to create an entire wardrobe — from head to toe.
Artist-in-Residence: Drew Cameron
August 12 – 23
Artist Talk | Drew Cameron
Thursday August 14, 6:30pm
Workshop: Pulp Printing: Contemporary Applications in Handmade Paper
Friday August 22 – Saturday August 23, 10am – 5pm
Drew Cameron is co-founder of Combat Paper Project, a national program that works directly with communities affected by combat to transform military uniforms into sheets of handmade paper, which become works of art. During his residency, Cameron will accept donated clothing to use in his papermaking process. The objects produced will be encoded with memory, becoming unique portraits of former owners.
Adam Arnold has been designing in Portland, Oregon for over a decade. From his studio in southeast Portland, Arnold designs and creates his line of clothing for men and women. His garments are known for their clean lines, tailored silhouettes, timeless appeal, and impeccable fit. Drawing inspiration from many sources, he creates sophisticated clothing with an inventive spirit.
Adrienne Antonson is a mixed-media sculptor and designer. After living and working on an alpaca farm in the Pacific Northwest, she began incorporating the use of natural fibers in her sculpture as well as her apparel designs. Her clothing label, STATE, is based in Brooklyn, New York. It uses local manufacturing and sustainable materials, and is available online and in Seattle at Nube Green. She is also the Marketing + Retail Manager at the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn.
Drew Cameron is a second-generation hand papermaker, trained forester and former Army soldier. He co-founded the Combat Paper Project and has been facilitating workshops with veterans and the community in which they transform military uniforms into handmade paper, prints, and books. The portable workshop has reached thousands of people throughout the country over the years and is now based in four locations with open and ongoing programming. He is based in San Francisco at Shotwell Paper Mill and continues to practice papermaking, teach and encourage others to do the same.
Holding a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in Fibers from the University of Washington, Michael Cepress has worked professionally as a designer and educator for 10 years. An intense interest in the male wardrobe and tailoring traditions has led Cepress to focus on the design and production of menswear and theatrical costume, and he has written on clothing’s relationship to gender and popular culture. An Instructor in the University of Washington’s School of Art, he has developed curriculum on multiple facets of fashion design, wearable art and the history of style and clothing. Cepress is a 3-time nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Art Award, and is seeing attention worldwide. Reaching beyond the bounds of fashion, Cepress’ work has traveled internationally as part of art and fashion exhibitions in London, Athens, Luxembourg and Antwerp and Germany. He has worked as costume designer for productions with director Robert Wilson, and his costumes and fashion collections continue to see attention with publication in the New York Times, FiberArts Magazine, DANCE Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan, and multiple books on the subject of wearable art.
A fashion designer with over 15 years of practical experience, Anna Cohen has designed In Italy and the United States for Patrizia Pepe, Max Mara, Guess, and Adidas, as well as developing and launching her own line of sustainable women’s apparel via her namesake line, which launched to critical acclaim in 2005 and received press and accolades in the US and abroad. Featured in Vogue, Elle France, Nylon, WWD and the New York Times, the ANNA COHEN line was nominated for the international sustainable design ecoStyle Award and was sold across the United States. Since 2008, Cohen has been working with the historic Imperial Stock Ranch, helping to develop woolen yarns and fabrics, to create the in-house Imperial Knits Collection of hand knit patterns and to build a line of women’s apparel featuring woolens that were developed on the ranch. Cohen attended FIT in New York and Polimoda in Italy, graduating with a Fine Arts degree in International Fashion Design.
Portland-based designer and winner of Project Runway’s Season 11, Michelle Lesniak is known for her strong aesthetic and quick wit. Lesniak wowed both judges and viewers with her tenacity. Nearly voted off, Lesniak fought back to reveal one of the most cohesive and distinctive collections seen on Project Runway to date. Lesniak trained at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but couldn’t keep her hands off of textiles. Self-taught in both garment design and leather working, her love of art, print, texture, and music comes through to her final designs.
Carole McClellan is an American designer who is noted for her use of leathers and repurposed fur. She began her career professionally in the late 1970’s when she moved to Seattle from the Sun Valley, Idaho area to be discovered by Ann Wilson of Heart for whom she designed and fabricated memorable and much photographed rock and roll looks. Her work has been sold in stores such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Mario’s Seattle. Her signature designs of men’s and women’s collections are based on popular culture under her own label, selling to private clients and doing design for music and film including Toni Collette, Tom Hanks, Chris Cornell, Priscilla Presley as well as many other celebrities. In 2003, McClellan became the first American designer invited to exhibit at the Young Designers Pavilion at Le Cuir a Paris. She was the winning designer of “The Independent Designer Runway” at the Bellevue Collection in 2012.
The Portland Collection
Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Oregon-based company with origins dating back to 1863, presents The Portland Collection, developed by independent design team of Nathaniel Crissman, Rachel Turk, and John Blasioli. The contemporary apparel and accessories line was first launched in 2011, and debuted its fourth and final collection overseen by this design team in spring 2014. As of fall 2014, The Portland Collection will continue under the design direction of Gretchen Jones. With fabrics woven exclusively in Pendleton’s Northwest Mills, The Portland Collection continues to support the resurgence of domestic production with apparel made in the U.S.A.
Cassie Ridgway is a designer based in Portland, Oregon. She created her studio and retail shop, Mag-Big, as a means of supporting and elevating the local designer-manufacturing movement. Her store currently features nearly 700 independent companies, in addition to her own house line. Her goal is to foster the American-manufacturing movement by supporting independent makers and encouraging them to move away from “crafting” and towards sustainable, viable production practices.
Liza Rietz began designing and sewing custom and retail pieces in 2001. She has been a part of Portland’s artistic clothing community from the beginning of her career, participating in multiple group and independent fashion shows in the area. Her designs have been available nationally in high-end boutiques in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Liza Rietz designs are currently available for both custom and retail at her studio/store “liza rietz” in Portland, Oregon.
Emily Spivack’s work spans culture, fashion, and social innovation. She has spent the past ten years exploring the way that clothing functions from a variety of cultural, historical, and therapeutic perspectives. For six years, she was the Executive Director of Shop Well with You, a New York-based national not-for-profit organization she founded which helps women with cancer improve their body-image and quality of life by using their clothing as a wellness tool. Spivack has spent five years collecting stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts for a website she curates, Sentimental Value, and she recently had a solo exhibition at the internet found-art project at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. In 2010, Emily launched Worn Stories, a collection of stories she edits from interesting people about clothing and memory. Worn Stories will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014. Emily is the creator and writer of the Smithsonian’s only blog about fashion history, drawing from their vast collection and beyond, called Threaded. Currently, Emily consults for SustainAbility, a think tank focused on the future of sustainable development.
Born in the Philippines, Stephanie Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and included in exhibitions at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Germany; Z33 Space for Contemporary Art, Belgium; UniversalStudios Gallery Beijing; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, among others. In 2007 she led counterfeiting workshops in Istanbul and in 2009 contributed proxy sculptures for MOMA/P.S.1’s joint exhibition, “1969.” She has taught at Stanford University, The California College of the Arts, The San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, Carnegie Mellon University, and currently, is on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in Sculpture. A recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, she lives and works in San Francisco.
Anna Telcs is a designer and artist with a focus on the fashion industry. With her studio and performance practices, Telcs strives for cultural change around the manufacturing and consumption of textiles and apparel. Using fashion as a point of departure, she makes textile sculptures that are worn in performances, a multi-step process that questions our perception of fashion objects, as well as the systems and structures that contextualize and regulate the fashion industry. Telcs holds a BA in Humanities from Seattle University (1999) and a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Washington (2003). Her recent work, The Dowsing (2013), was presented by Henry Art Gallery, Seattle.
Dr. Otto von Busch
Dr. Otto von Busch is professor in design at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm) and assistant professor and researcher at Parsons the New School for Design (New York). He has a background in arts, craft, design and theory and aims to seamlessly combine all these fields into one critical fashion practice. In his research and practice he explores how design and craft can be reverse engineered, hacked and shared among many participants as a form of civic engagement, building community capabilities through collaborative craft and social activism.
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