Fabric Cultural Activism The most innovative art of the past decade has been created outside conventional galleries and museums. Artists operating at the intersection of art and cultural activism have been developing new forms of collaboration with diverse audiences and communities. Their projects have addressed such issues as mass consumption and production and recycling practices in developed countries. Provocative, accessible, and engaging art is at the center and situates socially conscious projects historically, relates them to key issues in postcolonial art theory, and offers a unique critical framework for understanding them. Fabric (dress and fashion) will serve as metaphor for questions concerning mass production, distribution and consumption. Repurposing of corporate signage in developing countries, as well as many other topics relating to dress, culture and privilege will be explored, researched, discussed and realized in visual statements. Assignments: Workshops in hand sewing techniques, pattern and garment construction and repurposing techniques will inspire the creation of four to five required projects. Presentations of artists who create dress and or adornment, or other art forms as social statements will be required of each student. Presentations must be 10 - 15 minutes long. A sketchbook/journal is an essential tool in generating ideas; students are required to make numerous entries throughout the quarter. Students must come to class fully prepared to work on their projects. Supplies must be purchased in advance; sketches must represent thoughtful planning and the willingness to experiment. Required Texts: Margaret Maynard, Dress and Globalisation, Manchester University Press, NY, 2004 Livingstone, Ploof, ed., "The Object of Labor, Art, Cloth and Cultural Production", The MIT Press, 2007 Highly Recommended Text:
Sandra Bardwell, "Sewing Basics, All you Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing" Stewart Tabori & Chang, NY Suggested Text:
Editors: Firat, Kuryel, Cultural Activism, Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities, Thamyris Intersecting No. 21, the Netherlands, 2011 Editors: Paulicelli, Clark, The Fabric of Cultures, Fashion, Identity and Globalization, Routledge, London and N.Y., 2009 Evaluation of student learning will be based on the following: student's ability to apply content of class to the creation of four or five projects, the completion of all assignments in a timely manner and the willingness and ability to imagine, problem solve, and take creative risks, and make positive contributions to the overall learning environment of the class. Consistent attendance is essential in this studio class as there will be many demonstrations and workshops that will enable students to make significant progress on their projects. More than three unexcused absences will result in 0 credits.