Mend America @ MADE by Millworks

MEND AMERICA
JANUARY 6- FEBRUARY 4, 2017
@ MADE by Millworks, Long Beach CA

Pledge to Mend America

I pledge my life to mending America by being a watchful and vigilant community member; peacefully and firmly fighting racism, sexism, and oppression; crafting spaces where all people are welcome; continuing to create change through calls to actions, skill sharing, sewing, and mending; and to persistently persevere in spite of the seemingly futility of it all.

Declaration by Frau Fiber on November 9, 2016

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Presented by MADE by Millworks, and the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms January 6-February 4, 2017. Mend America is an occupation that animates the Mend America Pledge by “crafting spaces where all people are welcome”. The exhibition features work by Frau Fiber and her disciples the Faux Fraus. This gathering of textile objects, installations, and “Peace Werk* Events”, tie together ideas of mending, self-care, volunteerism, home, and memory. The exhibition features work by Faux Fraus: Lauren Becker, Elise Bernal, Krista Feld, Steven Frost, Bronwyn Mauldin, and Frau Fiber/Carole Frances Lung. Their work facilitates a space for making, collaborating, engaging, and conversation. Each artist presents their own strategies for remaining vigilant and responsive citizens in this post-fact Trump environment.

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Free PEACE WERK EVENTS:

Mend America: Stitch In with Frau Fiber. Join Frau Fiber in metaphorically, symbolically, psychically mending America, by hand piecing and stitching a quilt using imagery of United States Map and American Flag.
Tuesdays, 2 -6 pm January 10, 17, 24, 31

Sewing Rebellion Bicycle Cap with Faux Frau, Steven Frost. Frost developed this project at the Boulder Sewing Rebellion, and he is bringing it to Long Beach. You don’t have to purchase a bike cap you can make your own!
Sunday, January 8, 2-5 pm

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve  with Faux Frau, Lauren Becker. Participants will learn simple embroidery stitches to create armbands that convey emotional states and/or political ideals/ideas.
Saturday, January 14, 2-5 pm.

Protest 101 with Bronwyn Mauldin  Did you know your right to protest is enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution? What’s the difference between a “demonstration” and “civil disobedience?” Is it safe to take your children to a protest? Is it right to protest right now?  Using the zine as an education tool, this workshop educates participants in the meaning and role of protest in a democracy today. Topics include: the roots of political protest in the law, the many different types of protest that exist, how to plan and or participate in a protest, what to expect from media coverage and safety concerns.
Sunday, January 15, 2-5 pm

Mend America Inauguration day activities: Letter and patch campaign launch with Frau Fiber.   In the wake of the election and inauguration of President Trump, Frau Fiber will instigate a four-year campaign of producing patches and writing letters to government officials, stating her growing concerns for America.  Join Frau Fiber, by making your own patches and stating your concerns.
Political Theory with Faux Frau Jam.   FF Jam has a long history as a performance artists, including a stint as a licensed attorney for the state of Massachusetts.  The last hour of inauguration day activities Faux Frau Jam will share some of America’s past political Brouhahas and discuss a few pieces of our political machinery that hold opportunities for resilience and resistance. Friday, January 20, 12- 6 pm

Discovering Balance with Faux Frau, Krista Feld This workshop focuses on creating healthy boundaries between work and free time with a focus on encouraging acts of self-love and comfort. Activities will include a short breathing exercise, stretching, creating a therapeutic salt scrub, and planning strategies for managing stress.
Sunday, January 22, 2-5 pm

HEAL-thy Self, HEAL-thy Community with Faux Frau, Elise. This workshop will act as a safe space to gather with community and collectively heal. We will begin by making a journal/book/zine, then use it to work through some writing and drawing exercises focused on self-care and coping.
Sunday January 29, 2-5 pm

About the Artists

Lauren Becker (b. 1981 Long Beach, CA) is an artist, fashion professional, and educator whose work focuses on the reasons behind American cultural shifts and tends to explore these ideas through her creative work.  She is drawn to the idea of American nostalgia and how it is visually expressed through material objects. Becker is an tenure-track faculty at Orange Coast College where she teaches fashion design and merchandising.

Elise Bernal is an artist, educator, and organizer from Pico Rivera, California. She makes soft sculpture textiles creatures, small clay works, and zines focused on self-care, individual potential, and mindfulness. She is also an organizer for the Long Beach Zine Fest and other community gatherings. She is passionate about the potential of creating and supporting different spaces to build community. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art, Angels Gate Cultural Center, The Wignall museum of Art, and more. She also completed a 1.5 month residency at the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms this past July and August.

Krista Feld (b.1989 San Luis obispo) is an artist who experiments with domestic integrity, her art focuses on the concept of Art as life. She experiments in all manner of consumption and expression ranging from furniture and clothing design to dinner ware, household textiles and fermented/ preserved foods. Her methodology is simple, she attempts to make all the elements that influence her life and build off of her personal discoveries through the process. Krista holds a BFA in Fiber from CSULB. She is the recipient of the Harriet Britton award, the D.A.A.G. award, and the Beverly G. Alpay award. Her art and performances have been exhibited at the  Harold J. Miossi gallery, morro Bay art association art gallery, University art museum of California state University long Beach, Palos Verdes art center, cambria art center, California state University long Beach student galleries, ArtExchange, los Angeles Municipal art gallery and the collective arts incubator. Krista is a carpenter, fabricator, and handy woman living and working in Long Beach.

Steven Frost (b. 1981 Woodsville, NH) is an artist who shares hidden histories through objects and performances. He sources archival and non-traditional materials to help audiences engage with and remember forgotten narratives. He selects these materials because their value comes not from the material itself but from the context he gives them. Frost is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder where he teaches performance art and media studies. Prior to moving to Colorado, he had a year-long residency at the ArtExchange in Long Beach, California. Frost spent his residency running a storefront project space focused on an ongoing engagement with the public through contemporary art. Frost has exhibited his work widely both nationally and internationally. He holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University and received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was the 2009 recipient of the Lenore Tawney Prize.

Carole Frances Lung is a soft guerilla activist, artist, and academic 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 investigating 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 Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Craft in America Study Center, Maloof Foundation, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS College of Art and Design, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: KCET Artbound, Surface Design Journal, Chicago Arts News, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany, The School of Art and Design Oslo, Norway, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Arrowmont, Haystack Mountain School of Craft and Penland. 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 is an Associate Professor California State University Los Angeles, and maintains the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms, Frau Fiber’s headquarters and experimental factory in downtown Long Beach.

About MADE by Millworks.  A retail store and art gallery featuring products from local makers, artists, designers and brands. MADE is located at 240 Pine Ave, Long Beach CA. Open Tuesday – Thursday 10 am to 6 pm: Friday­ –Saturday 10 am to 9 pm: and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm. Free 2 hour parking is available at the City Place parking structure on 3rd street just before Pine Ave. for more info about MADE please visit, www.madebymillworks.com

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