The WEARING MY AGE PROJECT, is quietly packed up in storage. Proposals for further exhibition have been sent out to a variety of places. And now we wait.
It occurred to me that YOU could help this show have legs. This project belongs to all the people who contributed their stories...or thought about contributing their stories.
This is the blog that cataloged the process and development of WEARING MY AGE. This insallation was developed from crowd sourced information and funded by the Jerome foundation. Follow the link to see the outcomes. Read the blog to learn the story behind the installtion.
This blog is retiring today! What a marvelous opportunity this was! The Jerome Foundation kindly helped fund this crowd sourced study of women and clothing in the work place. I have learned so much, technically and culturally and it is leading on to new areas of feminist discourse.
On December 28, my son did a photo shoot ofthe project for me. Then yesterday, I wrapped it all up and took it down. Currently it is residing in my car! It is too blased cold to stand around in the parking lot and empty it! But soon, that will happen as well. I will carefully wrap the uniforms in acid free tissue and box them up for another day.
Thank you everyone who contributed your voices to this project!
We received copies of the photos taken just before our opening reception. I have shrunk them down for easy up-load.
Kristi Kuder, Allison Roberts, Julie Sirek and I were honored to have this opportunity. I encourage you to see the show in its entirety before it comes down. The four of us tackled tough themes with surprising and beautiful outcomes.
The Concordia Gallery and H. Williams Teaching Gallery are located in the Concordia Art Center at 1301 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, Minn. Entrance is in the back. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment during exhibition dates.
Contact Info: Stephanie Hunder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-269-1406
We opened out show last night at Concordia Gallery of Concordia University in St. Paul.
Wearing My Age Project was part of TRUTH TELLING: Jerome Textile Project Grant Recipients.
Oh goodness! So many thanks to the Jerome Foundation for funding the four of us: Susan Hensel, Julie Sirek, Kristi Kuder, Allison Roberts. So Many thanks to the Textile Center for supporting us. So many thanks to Concordia University and their students for hosting us.
The exhibit runs through January2, 2015. Concordia Gallery at Concordia University is in St. Paul, on Marshall At. between Lexington and Hamline.. Hours are 10am-4pm during scheduled exhibitions, or by appointment. Contact Stephanie Hunder at email@example.com, 651-641-8494, or security at 651-641-8278 for an appointment.
Photos courtesy of Concordia Gallery with the exception of the installation shots of Wearing My Age.
These are working fingers. I have found that fingernail polish hides a multitude of studio junk. My fingernails are always dirty or stained enough to look dirty. Plain nude polish hides that. My fingernails have never been painted blue before. Accidentally dyed blue when a glove popped a hole while dyeing indigo.
Today was spent looking at art and trying out make-up and nail polish for tomorrow's opening. I will speak sometime between 5 and 6pm and hang out in costume until 8 ish. Do come if you can.
Installation begins next week for the WEARING MY AGE project. I have been picking, snipping, ironing and packing. The last thing that HAD TO BE DONE to the outfits was cleaning up the petticoats.
Embroidering the petticoats, without wasting an appalling amount of self-adhesive stabilizer and time, involved copious amounts of blue tape. Hooray for blue tape, every artists friend! But it left loads of little bits of evidence behind that had to be removed with tweezers before pressing could occur.
The uniforms are now in their dress bags. Most of the "stuff" is in the car. None of it is hanging in the main part of the studio anymore.
Now I can THINK!
I have begun a new feminist project about weight, shame and consumerism : Faith in the Assistance of Things. Feel free to contribute through the blog or facebook.
I am also been doing research a project called Holding it together: women's lifesaving stories. I will let you know more when I have it a bit further along.
This project to which many of you contributed your thoughts, is opening Thursday, November 13, 2014 • Artist Talk 5 pm • Reception 6-8pm
I will present WEARING MY AGE in the upcoming exhibition Truth Telling: Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grants Exhibition at the galleries of Concordia University Saint Paul. The galleries are located in the Concordia Art Center, 1301 Marshall Avenue, at the corner of Marshall Avenue and Syndicate Street North in St.Paul.
Part of what I do, obsessively, is collect information. That collection, for this project, has been mammoth...and it still continues. I will have a 3 inch binder of information at the opening: the surveys, the survey essays, articles shared with me.
I also will have my newest Apple book. Once a book artist, always a book artist? I love books. I even sew them from time to time. (Sewing? See a theme here?) But for these big projects that I have photographed incessantly I prefer a scrapbook format from Apple. their photo quality is so good! I actually ordered 3 in the end. the first one was so rife with typos, I had to do it again. I haven't had the courage to look for typos in the new ones that came yesterday. If there are typos, I will accept them as they are. Wabi Sabi, etc.
There is always anxiety leading up to a major exhibition. ALWAYS. Just as there is always a let-down afterwards. ALWAYS.
During this weird, anxious period I have been re-writing my artist statement with the assistance of Judy Budreaux. I made a little wristlet purse to carry essentials the night of theopening. I ordered y wall text, a quote from Mary Beard. I still need to iron the outfits, trim threads and tack corners. Somehow that does not enthrall me.
It took a stupid long time to layout the canvas and paint it...but, in the spirit of KISS( keep it simple, stupid) here is another iteration. The gallery floor is concrete, so I have to imagine this on grey.
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."