Social Textile Experiments

Social Textile Experiments

As part of the Range Studio artist residency on Market Street in San Francisco I was a featured artist for one week in July 2015. As part of my residency I chose to invite Bay Area fiber artists to join me in a public art practice or social textile experiment. Each day I was joined by a different artist at lunch time to offer a public demonstration highlighting her techniques. Artists included natural dyer, Kristine Vejar owner of Verb; conceptual weaver, Meghan Shimek; printmaker and textile designer, Jen Hewett; dyer and fiber artist, Sasha Duerr founder of Permacouture Institute; and sheep farmer and Fibershed member, Marie Hoff.

This residency was an experiment in fusing public art, slow textiles, and social practice into the busy downtown San Francisco environment of the Financial District at the intersection of Market Street and 1st Street. It was an attempt to share slow fashion practices from farm to fashion–fiber farming to weaving, dyeing, printing, sewing, and mending. And to experience the juxtaposition of handcraft alongside the downtown bustle. To slow textiles down and to let them collide against public art. Read more about the process here on my blog.