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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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.

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Opening Saturday Dec. 13, 6-10 pm.

 

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September @ the ILGWU: New Demands?

New Demands?
by Lisa Vinebaum

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

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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.

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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.

 

Craftswoman House

For the month of June, Craftswoman House will be in residence at the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms in Long Beach. Save the date for these upcoming events:

Saturday June 14th, 6-10pm: Secrets and Confessions features a series of new pieces by Liz Young. For this project, Young collected private confessions from anonymous participants and embroidered their words onto the surface of found objects. Young serves as an unreliable confident as secrets are transferred from the private to the public realm. Her process reflects the way that secrets often circulate in our daily lives, and she invites viewers to divulge their own confessions as contributions to the exhibit.

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Thursday June 19th, 7-9pm: Surface Tensions an evening of performance with works by Brian Getnick, Kate Hoffman, Liz Nurenberg, and Jemima Wyman. The event will feature works that address gender through body and process-based performances that explore tactile and sensory experience, skins and surfaces, narratives expressed through materials, and the intersection of fashion and performance.

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Saturdays June 21 & June 28, 12-4: Liz Young will offer open workshops to introduce students to the materials and techniques of hand embroidery. She will teach students basic skills such as stabilizing and hooping, design placement, and a variety of hand stitches. During these workshops, students may choose to contribute their own secrets and confessions to Young’s exhibition.

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Craftswoman House is dedicated to fostering a dialogue on feminist issues through projects and exhibitions. CWH is inspired by collective works such as Womanhouse, and pays homage to the rich legacy of feminist art in Southern California.

 

 

Hands On

Opening Reception Saturday Jan 11, 6-10 pm.
3rd Thursday, Jan 16, 6-9 pm.
346 E 3rd Street, Long Beach Ca

An exhibition of quilts from Frau Fiber’s archive, featuring Revolution Textiles:  Sewing with the People and a Stitch in Time.  These two commemorative quilts engaged the public in a dialog reclaiming lost histories in Chicago, IL and Greensboro NC.  In conjunction with the quilts material cultural from the archives the quilts were inspired by will be exhibited.

During the opening on 2nd Saturday and on 3rd Thursday you are invited to join Frau Fiber in stitching a commemorative quilt from textiles collected in 2007, for the restoration of New Orleans post Katrina.

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Capitalistic XMas Pop Up Shop

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Saturday Dec 14, 6-10 pm

Frau Fiber sourced whimsical one off objects to fill all of your holiday shopping needs!    Featuring: Steven Frost’s, Ginger Gay Bars; Christine Tarkowski’s, Goo covered ornaments, greetings cards and plates, Frau Fiber’s, Make do East German Shopping Bags, Aprons and tree garlands, and Mickey Salatino’s, Fabric Fruit Bags.

 

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