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.




Future Force Geo Speculators / Jung Money

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


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.



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.




2nd Saturday Art Walk, 6-9 pm

Arrival of Future Force Central – Christine Tarkowski, Ellen Rothenberg and D.


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.



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!



3rd Wednesday Listen and participate in the Long Beach GIRRL Collective Feminist Open Mic 7-9 pm



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.








Labor Song Sing it Loud!

Emily Lacy and Frau Fiber ask you to join Los Angeles Walmart associates in striking on the biggest shopping day of the year!

walmart strike

Friday, November 28th at 11:30 AM
Downtown Long Beach Walmart Store
151 E. 5th StreetLong Beach, CA 90802

Walmart associates struggle to get by while working for a company owned by one of the world’s wealthiest families!

Walmart associates are striking:
For better pay
For working conditions
For work place free of strong-arm tactics

Emily Lacy and Frau Fiber will support this strike by wearing Joe Hill (a symbol of the striking workers) patches and instigating a improvisational labor song sing along at the strike.

Hot soup to follow at Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.

September @ the ILGWU: New Demands?

New Demands?
by Lisa Vinebaum

An exhibition of performance placards exploring the erosion of workers’ rights under late capitalism.


This exhibition features a series of hand made placards inscribed with slogans from historical labor struggles, many of them waged in the apparel industry, demanding an end to sweatshop conditions, good pay and benefits, workplace regulations, and collective bargaining rights. The posters were created based on archival research and are inspired by campaigns organized by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).

New Demands? connects the current crisis in timed labor to historical struggles for workers’ rights: many of the rights that were fought for an won by workers during the first half of the 20th century — the right to collective bargaining and to freedom of association, workplace safety standards, a regulated work day and work week, overtime and vacation pay, and health benefits — have been dramatically eroded in recent years. As a result, demands for improved working conditions made during the first part of the 20th century remain relevant today.

Over one hundred years after the tragic Triangle Factory Fire in New York in 1911, garment workers around the world continue to endure unsafe and life threatening working conditions; to work long hours in non-unionized and unregulated factories and sweatshops; and to be paid below average national minimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor found that 67% of Los Angeles garment factories and 63 per cent of New York garment factories violate minimum wage and overtime laws. Ninety eight per cent of LA garment factories have health and safety problems serious enough to lead to severe injuries or death.

This exhibition is part of the project New Demands?, an ongoing series of site-specific walking performances that commemorate histories of labor activism and highlight alarming cutbacks to workers’ rights. Many of the slogans on display at ILGWU have been previously used in these performances. New Demands? has been performed in Chicago, New York City, Grand Rapids, , Palo Alto, and Montreal, Québec.

Bio: Lisa Vinebaum is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist and scholar working across public performance, sited interventions, social practice, textiles, and critical writing. Her work explores the social histories of labor organizing and their connections to contemporary forms of collectivity and community building, working conditions for artists, and the performance of labor in the larger context of economic globalization. Her creative work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago), Performance Studies International (Stanford University, CA), Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice (Portland State University, Portland OR), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center (New York City), and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space in Brooklyn, and Articule Gallery in Montreal. Her scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Modern Craft online, Art Textiles of the World: Canada (Telos Art Publishing), and Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Press), with forthcoming commissioned chapters in The Handbook of Textiles (Bloomsbury), The Companion to Textile Culture (Wiley-Blackwell), and Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance by Canadian Women, Volume II. She is co-editor of “Crafting Community: Textiles, Publics, Performance, Participation”, a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Bloomsbury 2015), and recently chaired a panel on the same theme at the College Art Association Annual Conference (Chicago 2014). She has lectured and presented papers at conferences internationally, most recently at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (Los Angeles 2014), The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth (London), the College Art Association Annual Conference (New York 2013), Performance Studies International 18 (Leeds UK), the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (Washington DC 2012), Dis/Locations: Being Out of Place (Centre for Interdisciplinary Study, Concordia University, 2011), the Festival of Other Theatre (University of Toronto), and Radical Intersections: Performance Across Disciplines (Northwestern University, Chicago). Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.

We Advise You

The Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms in partnership with the Long Beach Art Exchange is happy to announce our August Artist in Residence: Danielle McCullough. During her residency, McCullough will be working on cyanotype, drawings, and poetry broadsides in collaboration with poet Sam Solomon.  she has also invited artist/filmmaker Alee Peoples to contribute a banner and curate a surf themed film screening for Labor day.



Through a grant from the Long Beach Arts Council, ILGWU, and Art X present WE ADVISE YOU.   For her residency McCullough will develop a series of syanotypes which are derived from transparency collages incorporated from antropometry text generated by the US government.  The field of anthropometry collects body measurement date from a broad swath of people in order to assist manufactures and institutes with providing safe products and ergonomic workplace solutions for the future consumers and workers.  This sold science’s history is tied to social Darwinsim and the abuse of scientific research to argue on behalf of imperial control of “lesser” racial, ethinic or differently abled types; and the residuals of the desire to control them remain intact.

Poet Sam Solomon will join Mcullough for a poetry reading during the opening reception on Saturday August 9th.

McCullough will have open studio hours from 10-2 each Saturday and Sunday, during which the public and visit her work.

Aug 30, 10 am – 2 pm Free Cyanotype workshop.  McCullough takes an opportunity to share her techniques with the public with an all ages cyanotype workshop.  This event is perfect for people at all creative skill levels.  They will create their own cyanotype prints and learn about the remarkable history of the process.  This workshop is funded by a generous grant from the Long Beach Arts Council.

Aug 31  The residency will close on August 31 with a surf themed outdoor screening curated by Alee Peoples.  Please check out Facebook page later this month for more details on this event.