Celebrate International Workers Day

Celebrate International Workers’ Day @ ILGWU
Sunday May 1, 5- 9 pm.
322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA

 

My fellow anarchists, socialists, communists and revolutionaries, you are invited to join Frau Fiber and Kate Dollenmayer (filmmaker and film archivist at the Wende Museum of Cold War) in celebrating laborers and worker’s movements from around the world!  Our celebration will feature; scarf making, egg decorating, hand message, communist educational films and snacks appropriate for the occasion.

Cambodian garment factory workers toil at the W&D garment factory, just southeast of Phnom Penh, April 28, 2004. Cambodia's garment industry has grown from 49 factories in 1996 to more than 200 factories today, employing 240,000 people. But as the end approaches for a special deal between the United States and Cambodia linking labor rights to trade quotas the workers are worried for their futures. (AP Photo/Isabelle Lesser)

5-6 pm, Frau Fiber will lead a worker’s scarf making workshop.

Sorbian Easter Egg Scratch Technique

6-7 pm, Kate will project a 1954 film demonstrating traditional Easter egg decoration among the Sorbs, a Slavic culture in eastern Germany and Poland. This technique is similar to Pysanky, the Ukrainian method of Easter egg decoration.  May 1st also marks Eastern Orthodox Easter (Pascha) this year, we’ll try our hand at pysanky too.

 

7-8 pm, Frau Fiber will lead a workshop on hand massage to heal hard working hands.

Sewing Technician

8-9 pm, will project films from the Wende Museum’s collection of communist educational and industrial media and home movies. We’ll watch short films made for television in the 1970s and 1980s to introduce young people to trades in the textile industry.

RSVP fraufiber@gmail.com

In Your Factory Are The Doors Locked?

One hundred and five years ago on March 25, a fire spread through the cramped Triangle Waist Company garment factory on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building in lower Manhattan. Workers in the factory, many of whom were young women recently arrived from Europe, had little time or opportunity to escape. The rapidly spreading fire killed 146 workers.

The public outcry over what was clearly a preventable tragedy brought a renewed sense of urgency to the labor movement and to other groups working to improve women’s and immigrants’ rights in the workplace.

While American workplace history has changed radically, global garment production workplace conditions have not. Bangladesh the new capital of fast fashion has seen the following disasters:

April 24, 2013: 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse. An eight-story factory building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and killed 1129 people.

November 24, 2012: Dhaka Tasreen Fashions fire. A seven-story factory fire outside of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killed at least 112 people, 12 from jumping out of windows to escape the blaze.

September 11, 2012: Karachi, Pakistan, 289 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.

As a reminder of continued labor abuses in the Garment Industry and in honor of the workers who have died for production of cheep fast fashion for such companies as HM, Forever 21, Walmart, Target Gap, Frau Fiber and the Faux Frau’s will conduct a 12 hour shift, producing replicas of the Triangle Shirt Waist Blouse. These blouses were cut by Frau Fiber from Los Angeles garment industry remnants in 2011, and each year on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire Frau has commenced with this commemorative production, in an attempt to complete 146 blouses.

Hosted by Thank you for Coming.

Friday March 25, 2016
8 am – 8 pm shift
Dinner, shirt waist blouse sale(146.00 goes to LA garment workers center sewing training workshops) and reflective conversation on production and consumption to follow

PAY WHAT YOU WANT

PAY WHAT YOU WANT @
Frau Fibers end of year sale.

Once in a life time opportunity to purchase from the Frau Fiber’s archive of past production, including fabric, up-cycled and refashioned hats, aprons, dresses, uniforms and more!

SATURDAY NOV 14, AND DECEMBER 12, 6-9 PM, and by appointment.
322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

end of year sale

Happy Customers

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Frau Fiber Traces Bauhaus to Black Mountain

This summer Frau Fiber traveled from Weimar Germany to Asheville North Carolina, tracing the migration of the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College.    On view in the windows of the ILGWU are her collection of East German sewing tools, yarns, tread, and weaving and embroidery samples created at the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany.  From Asheville Frau Fiber visited factories, created a balanced twill weaving and generated a work shirt.

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Future Force Geo Speculators / Jung Money

FUTURE FORCE GEO SPECULATORS REMOTE CENTRAL CLOSING and exhibition of new made in LA works.  March 21, 2015

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5-7 Fast and Loose – wearable objects created during a workshop between Future Force Geo Speculators and California State University Los Angeles Fashion and textile students. The workshop explored collaborative making, and modeling of wearable prototypes for performing future personas for space travel, border excursions and investigating the Los Angeles landscape.

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7-9 Jung Money is a collective of artists and musicians exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, race, and cultural capital through multimedia transdisciplinary projects. http://jungmonet.tumblr.com

 

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2nd Saturday Art Walk, 6-9 pm

Arrival of Future Force Central – Christine Tarkowski, Ellen Rothenberg and D. http://futureforcegeospeculators.wordpress.com

 

Side Walk Sale: CSULA student Ryan Meehan

BORNNOMADIC creates hand sculpt jewelry that is inspired by nature & wanderlust. Each piece is created through the lost wax cast process & hand oxidized to resemble an artifact. The DESTINATION POINT Collection was designed with gratitude in mind for past accomplishments by the body, but also to set future goals for the body while staying grounded within the present. http://bornnomadic.com/

 

PROGRAMS

Sewing Rebellion March 1 – 15, 5-9 pm

Modern Machen: Mitered Corners

March Sewing Rebellion will focus on mitered corner finishes for napkins, table cloths and blankets, and making mitered corner reusable lunch bags.

 

Sewing Rebellion started in 2006 is international campaign to stop shopping and start sewing!

http://sewingrebellion.wordpress.com

 

 

3rd Wednesday Listen and participate in the Long Beach GIRRL Collective Feminist Open Mic 7-9 pm https://www.facebook.com/lbgrrrlcollective

 

2nd ANNUAL LOST WORKERS COMMEMORATION

Wednesday March 25, 10 AM TO 10 PM

On the 104rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire, Frau Fiber will continues production of Triangle Shirt waists blouses commemorating garment workers who have given their lives for American Fast Fashion.

Free Zone Regime

Free Zone Regime: Frau Fibers’ tourism and capitalistic explorations of textile and garment production Ghana.

The exhibition will feature a collection of Pocket Smocks and East German Shopping Bags produced by tailors, dyers and weavers in Tamale Ghana.

Frau Fiber Batik Uniform

Opening Saturday Dec. 13, 6-10 pm.

 

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