People's Cloth Trade Show: The t-shirt is the problem
Carole Frances Lung aka Frau Fiber
January 22 - April 10, 2016
California-based artist and activist Carole Frances Lung aka “Frau Fiber” creates an immersive environment for visitors to learn about the global production of the t-shirt, and how to upcycle, reuse and extend the life of the t-shirt.
Helen Day Art Center announces the solo exhibition of Long Beach, CA based artist, activist, and scholar, Carole Frances Lung aka Frau Fiber. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Lung utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited crafting of one of a kind garment production performances.
People’s Cloth Trade Show: The t-shirt is the problem plays off the concept of a textile trade show creating an immersive environment for visitors to learn about the global production of the t-shirt, and how to upcycle, reuse and extend the life of the t-shirt. The People’s Cloth Trade Show consists of a two part installation, Mapping Manufacturing Room and Leisure Time for Personal Production Room. Mapping Manufacturing area is a series of large scale chalk drawings, mapping the global production of the t-shirt and a pile of t-shirts donated by visitors to the exhibition.** Leisure Time for Personal Production area consists of a collection of upcycled t-shirt samples; rugs, basket cookers, and t-shirt shopping bags. Secondly there will be an instructional video of how to make a incubated basket cooker, with a work table for participants to make their own basket.
**The public is asked to donate t-shirts to the project. There will be a pile of shirts in the installation/work room for participants to make their own incubated basket cooker in the gallery.
Carole Frances Lung is an artist, activist, and scholar living in Long Beach, CA. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited crafting of one of a kind garment production performances. She investigates the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments. Her performances have been exhibited at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago IL, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS College of Art and Design, LA CA, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University Boone NC and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: Chicago Arts News, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Feminism and Co series, Craftivsim; Creativity and Ingenuity Symposium, at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, in Deer Isle, Maine and at the Textile Society of America symposium in Washington DC. She has been awarded: Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Craft Creativity and Design Center Grant, CSULA creative leave 2014, creative mini grant 2014, 2013, nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany award, At the Edge Gallery 400 award and Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship. Carole currently maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory, in the Art X complex in downtown Long Beach, and is an Assistant Professor Department of Art, Fashion and Textile option at California State University Los Angeles.
People’s Cloth Trade Show: The t-shirt is the problem is curated by Rachel Moore, Assistant Director & Chief Curator, Helen Day Art Center.
Workshops associated with the exhibition:
SOLVING THE T-SHIRT PROBLEM
Saturday, March 19
$50 member | $60 non-member
Frau Fiber wants you to upcycle, reuse and remake the t-shirt! Participants will learn how to use the t-shirt as a natural resource in the making of objects which are featured in The People’s Cloth Trade Show in the galleries: rope, weavings, crochet and re-fashioned garments. Bring old T-shirts to work with.
Instructor: Frau Fiber
SEWING REBELLION: An economic tactic for change in the apparel industry
Sunday, March 20; 10:00am-2:00pm
Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber, Sewing Rebellion distributes knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes. Participants are asked to bring pants to mend, garments to alter, and sewing problems seeking solutions
Instructor: Frau Fiber