Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CREATIVE AFRICA












If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
If in terms of 10 years, plant trees; 
If in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

These words of Confucius are the guiding principles to African architect Francis Kéré's work.  Born in the small town of Gando in Burkina Faso, Kéré was the first of his village to pursue higher education as an architect, and eventually returned to build schools and community buildings in his hometown.  The central facet of everything Kéré does is participation.  In all of his projects, he aims to include the local communities in the process, giving them skills and problem-solving techniques that they can apply to future situations. For his installation Colorscape for the Creative Africa exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kéré used the help of volunteers from local educational institutions to install the large paracord environment.

I visited the museum over the weekend with a dress I made especially for the installation.  After seeing my post online, Kéré invited me to come and meet him, as he was on his way to Philadelphia from Burkina Faso to give a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.  I was seated amongst the masses in the lecture hall when Kéré noticed my dress and said, "Is it you?!"  We had a wonderful conversation afterward as I told him about Artfully Awear and how his work had inspired me.  For him, it was an example of how his work elicits a response - and, in my case, an entire new work.  For me, he had planted a seed but also taught me a valuable lesson about engaging with a work of art.

Photos by William Sealy.

CREATIVE AFRICA















If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
If in terms of 10 years, plant trees; 
If in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

These words of Confucius are the guiding principles to African architect Francis Kéré's work.  Born in the small town of Gando in Burkina Faso, Kéré was the first of his village to pursue higher education as an architect, and eventually returned to build schools and community buildings in his hometown.  The central facet of everything Kéré does is participation.  In all of his projects, he aims to include the local communities in the process, giving them skills and problem-solving techniques that they can apply to future situations. For his installation Colorscape for the Creative Africa exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kéré used the help of volunteers from local educational institutions to install the large paracord environment.

I visited the museum over the weekend with a dress I made especially for the installation.  After seeing my post online, Kéré invited me to come and meet him, as he was on his way to Philadelphia from Burkina Faso to give a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.  I was seated amongst the masses in the lecture hall when Kéré noticed my dress and said, "Is it you?!"  We had a wonderful conversation afterward as I told him about Artfully Awear and how his work had inspired me.  For him, it was an example of how his work elicits a response - and, in my case, an entire new work.  For me, he had planted a seed but also taught me a valuable lesson about engaging with a work of art.

Photos by William Sealy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DALE CHIHULY!



"I never met a color I didn't like." 

With statements like that, of course I'm a fan of Dale Chihuly's work.  Today, on his 75th birthday, I'm revisiting my photos from last month's trip to Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.

Chihuly is such a prolific artist and craftsman, and walking through CGG was like wandering through the mind of Chihuly himself - from things he collected (like Pendleton blankets) to hundreds of blown-glass beauties, to a magnificent greenhouse (another of his infatuations).  The experience truly made me appreciate his work in a new way.

Here's hoping that Chihuly will continue to be as prolific and will keep pushing the boundaries of what can be done with glass through his 75th year and beyond.

Happy birthday, Dale!





Photos by myself and William Sealy.

Friday, September 16, 2016

CARMEN HERRERA @ THE WHITNEY




"I began a lifelong process of purification, a process of taking away what isn't essential." --Carmen Herrera

Carmen Herrera is a Cuban American artist, and her work is the focus of an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art which opens today in New York City.  When I began investigating her work, I found that there is a lot to learn from the 101-year-old artist, who was a pioneer of Geometric Abstraction.  She has said that her "quest is for the simplest of pictorial resolutions", which struck me as a valuable way to approach art as well as life.

I made a dress inspired by her painting Green and Orange from 1958.  It was surprisingly refreshing to work on something so direct, and it was fun to mix colors to emulate Herrera's palette.

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight opens to the public today, and is on view until January 2, 2017.

Photos by Sarah Meller.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

DARK MATTER









dark matter noun ASTRONOMY 1.     (in some cosmological theories) nonluminous material that is postulated to exist in space and that could take any of several forms including weakly interacting particles ( cold dark matter ) or high-energy randomly moving particles created soon after the Big Bang ( hot dark matter ).

Dark Matter is the name of an exhibition of the work of Sarah Cain, which opens at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea today.  It also classifies her work in general: blurring the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation and including found objects as well as myriad methods of markmaking.

I really connected to this idea when I was creating my dress inspired by Cain’s work.  Inherent in the wearing of clothing inspired by art is the blurring of boundaries – is the clothing art?  Is the art clothing?  Part of the viewer’s experience with Cain’s installations is the feeling of becoming a part of the work, and that is exactly what I’m trying to achieve when I create a garment.  Cain’s 2,500 square foot floor painting gives you the chance to be one with the art.


Dark Matter is on view at Galerie Lelong (528 West 26th Street in NYC) until October 15th.
Photos by Danielle Wu (@Danie_Wu).

Thursday, September 1, 2016

PORTUGAL



I returned last week from a vacation in Portugal, and I couldn’t get enough of the colorful azulejos that adorn the architecture throughout the country.  From the outside of a residential building in Lisbon to the interior of a tiny chapel in the Algarve, the colorful painted tiles and their geometric patterns were my favorite part of Portugal.

Some of my other favorites, below:

Museum: Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon
Shop: Kozii, Tavira
Dinner: ATravessa, Lisbon
Church: Church of São Lourenço, Almancil

Souvenir: Tinned sardines and Castelbel soaps

Photos by William Sealy.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FRIENDS OF ARTFULLY AWEAR

Photo by @melimelonia, taken @FaenaArt
@alexgoffey with Cy Twombly at the Broad
@alexgoffey at the opening of MONA in Hobart, Australia
The one, the only @jeffrigram

One of my absolute favorite things in the world is receiving #artfullyawear photos from the community.
Here are a few recent additions to my collection, from friends far and wide.
Thank you for making my day!