Hey! Come on down to EM Wolfman with all your bags of clothes to kick off the October/November mender in residence project. Also, hang out with your friends, find out what strange articles of clothes they've been hoarding, and remember, Halloween is coming up! And eat snacks!
Here's some more info about the project:
Cloth is defined by its malleability. It holds memory and can be read like a kind of syntax that floats around the body. Alas, it also gets torn, wears through, and generally falls apart. But, also, of course, it can be mended! I am obsessed with this simple and radical part of the process, a process humans have been using for thousands of years, the reconstruction, refabrication, and reinterpretation of worn materials character and worth. As an artist in residence at E.M. Wolfmans for the months of October and November, I will be at the bookstore every Saturday repairing, restoring and reimagining the holes in your clothes. Partially an homage to fabulous bay-area artist Michael Swaine and his free “mending library,” my mendings are less an exercise in social practice and practical fix, and rather extended studies on sites for visible re- and de-construction, exploring the history of the garment, retaining its “faults” and highlighting its time-bound dimensions. While I mend, I will document each repair “site” and consider the implications of use and time on our current understanding of textiles. You can drop clothes off at the store any day you like (one piece, please, for starters) or come see me on Saturdays!