Piece Werk From the Scrap Bin

Frau Fiber launches a collection of one off aprons, east german shopping bags, pillow covers, rag dolls and note cards all made from unwanted textiles donated to the ILGWU.   

@ MADE in Long Beach  240 Pine Ave, Long Beach available after Nov. 7 thru the holidays. 

One Night Only @ ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA, Saturday Nov. 12, 6-9 pm.




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The Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms presents SELF-CARE SHARE, a one night event featuring new textile and clay works by Elise Bernal!

Self-Care Share features a large scale, interactive wall hanging that utilizes different parts of the body as pockets of knowledge that we can use to learn and grow. Each pocket will feature a small gift for participants to keep and or share. The intent of this work is to share joy and knowledge and celebrate the beauty and strength of human existence.

The night will feature a small reception and conversation, more details to be added soon! 

Check out the event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1056801337761497/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1472141019850730
Follow Elise on instagram: @madeupofseeds


Limited edition of 30 Frau Fiber t-shirts.  Made in 2015 during THE PEOPLE’S CLOTH TRADE SHOW, at the Los Angeles municipal Gallery in 2015.  Production team: Frau Fiber, Faux Frau Anna, Krista and Gladys, and volunteers Carrie, Matias and friends.   Graphic designed by Frau Fiber and printed in Long Beach.

T-shirts are $35.  Frau Fiber is launching a buy back program, when you are tired of the shirt, you can return to Frau Fiber and receive $5 cash refund, or $10 towards another swag purchase.

one size fits most.

To place your order email fraufiber@gmail.com


East German Shopping bags: from a sow’s ear to silk purse.  This seasonal collection of bags are made from donated remnants, used clothing, and pieces of Ghanaian textiles, in the scale of bags made in East Germany, during the GDR times.

Pay what you want prices.  Email fraufiber@gmail.com to make your choice.


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#062016greytwill  SOLD


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#062016blueghana SOLD



#062016ghanacanvass DONATED TO Los Angeles Garments Workers Center 15th anniversary party



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June Gloom

June Gloom: an evening of sound, video, film and swag

6-9 pm
The Launch of ILGWU Pop up street swag shop
.  Featuring East German Shopping Bags made from donated remnants, and a collection of limited edition American Apparel knock off t-shirts, made by Frau Fiber, the Faux Frau’s  and other participates of  The Peoples Cloth Trade show @ LAMAG this past winter.  T-shirts are screen printed in collaboration with Self Help Graphics with Frau Fiber and her slogan, “shop to last not fast”

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7 pm Film Screenings by Jodie Mack and Alee Peoples

Jodie Mack
Blanket Statement #2: All or Nothing (2013, 3m, 16mm, col., sound.)
A battle of extreme extremes.

Undertone Overture (2013, 10m30s, 16mm, color, sound)
A study of tie dye swims out to the cosmos and back again.


Alee Peoples
Non-Stop Beautiful Ladies (2015, 9min, 16mm, color, sound)
A Los Angeles street film starring empty signs, radio from passing cars and human sign spinners, some with a pulse and some without.

8 pm  Glitzer
An independent audio visual project of LA based artist and musician, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, and poet/emcee/designer, Def Sound. Conceived as a progressive art wave, electronic music project, inspired by the cosmos, elements, quantum physics, and the experience of the universe as a conscious and sentient… witch.


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