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September FYI

August 30, 2011

Hi All,

On Sunday, September 11, 6-9pm, Isa is making time to mend with us and show us how to use natural dyes to cover stains. She doesn’t really have much spare time, and is carving out a precious few hours just for us, so I think we can return the favor and let her know how many of us to expect so she can plan accordingly and not rush around, yes? Mending Circle is kinda not a rush around kind of thing… So could you all RSVP here if you’re gonna try and make it?

And SR proper will be on the 18th. Same SR time. Same SR place. And one SR visitor is making a puppet, so that’s pretty much the coolest project I’ve seen come around.


Mending as art

July 22, 2011







The Museum where I work will soon exhibit the first artwork by a participatory artist since I’ve been here, and so I’ve been doing a bit of research (otherwise known as internet stalking). Lee Mingwei has been creating works meant for engagement for years, graduating Yale in 1997 with a MFA in Sculpture, and exhibiting at the Whitney and the Fabric Workshop as early as 1998. Though the project I should be learning about is not one of Mingwei’s fabric works, I admit I got a bit side tracked when I stumbled upon projects such as The Fabric of Memory and The Mending Project (scroll down the bar on the left of the webpage to browse images and descriptions of all his projects). I encourage all to take up my internet “research” and check his work out. I haven’t seen anything this cool since Nadia Myre’s Scar Project.

Off to Figment!

June 11, 2011

Two hours away from getting on the ferry and it looks like rain. No matter, we have a tarp to cover our patchwork blanket, and maybe over the next 12 hours of sewing we’ll make it into a tent to keep us dry. I’m bringing a bunch of stuff I’ve been meaning to mend and my teaching brain. Here’s to the feeling of accomplishment when a non-sewer sews their first seam or puts their first button back on! Come mend, sew, hang out, explore. Come join us at Figment on Governor’s Island.


Good Work

April 28, 2011

Hey Rebels, a quick heads up to let you know that Maya will be holding an open workshop at the Textile Arts Center on May 1, from 2-5 p.m., as part of the exhibition “Good Work.” We’ll be making and sewing patches of textile workers onto clothing, and visitors can screen print one of the worker images, turn it into a patch, and/or grab a patch and sew it onto a garment they bring with them. The goal is to make these often invisible or un-discussed workers visible; to wear proudly what  and who is usually hidden. From the website:

“This May Day the Textile Arts Center and Oak Knit Studio are celebrating the textile workers, artists, designers, and activists who make our world more beautiful and just—all makers tied together by the products of our labor—all makers whose work tries to do good in a multitude of ways.”

The artists Erin Considine and Abigail Doan will also be leading truly great workshops, so come by and celebrate May Day in earnest.

P.S. Mending circle is also coming up on the 5th, and I’ll have patches there as well, so if you can’t make it to this event you’ll have a second opportunity to participate on Thursday.  🙂

P.P.S. Knitters take note: this event is just too great to not spread the word. Come knit a boob! I’m totally serious.

The Obama Skirt Project

February 27, 2011

Artist Aisha Cousins needs your help to win $5,000 towards her ongoing textile/performance art project from here i saw what happened and i could not understand (aka the Obama Skirt Project). Heineken is holding a contest in honor of Black History month, and the final day to vote for the winning art project is tomorrow, February 28. The Obama Skirt Project just finished up a president’s day weekend workshop, and the garments will be on view in the windows of Harlem Textile Works until March 6. Click here to cast your vote for Aisha’s Obama Skirt Project.

From Aisha’s webpage: “On July 19th, 2009, while her 1st black president was in office, Aisha Cousins began wearing African president fabrics every day for one year. The fabrics were printed in Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, and Tanzania shortly after Obama’s election. Wearing black presidents on fabric has been popular in many African nations since the 1960′s when they gained independence and started electing black leaders. Aisha asked designers in her neighborhood, many of whom were African immigrants, to turn these fabrics into dresses. She then wore the Obama fabrics here in the US, until her friends and neighbors began to see them as normal. She did this as a metaphor for how people in the US would begin to see having a black president as normal over the year as well.”

On Collaboration

February 4, 2011

Thank goodness for collaboration. Fist, Cindy from the Freegans hosted our January Sewing Rebellion meeting with Cristina and Stella from Spacecraft while I went home to Peru (pics below), and then Isa and Owyn from the Textile Arts Center planned the most bomb Mending Circle event ever, in honor of Fashion Week (hint: we are one of many forms of mending represented, and I’ll be abandoning you all for at least 30 minutes at the SR applique table to go silkscreen over some stains). I’ll be at both Mending Circle (Feb 13, 1-5 pm) and Sewing Rebellion (Feb 20, 4-6:30 pm) this month, and I hope to see you there as well. Here’s to skillshares!

The launch of a mending circle

January 7, 2011

The first Mending Circle was so nice. A great bunch of women hung out for two and a half hours darning, stitching, chatting, and snacking, and it was truly a chill vibe. We had people who were picking up a needle and thread for the first time, people who were “re-weaving” fabrics that had worn away, and a grapefruit used as a darning egg. The best news of all was that Cindy from the freegans was there, and she offered to host the Jan 16th Sewing Rebellion meeting at Spacecraft, so it will happen after all! Cristina and Stella (the Spacecraft ladies) will also be around to help with your sewing needs. Thanks everyone for chipping in and helping these meetings continue. I’ve posted some pics of the Mending Circle below to tempt those who didn’t come out this time. Check the TAC blog for more info on the special February Mending Circle (Hint: it has to do with fashion week). And now, the promised pics…

Message from Frau

November 9, 2010

November Memo to the People:  A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the bounties of learning to sew, mend and alter our garments. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, let us be thankful for the Sewing Rebellion and our ability to use our leisure time once a month to share with others the skills of sewing and mending.

In the midst of a war and recession, which has sometimes seemed to invite and to provoke aggression, we need to allow peace to preserve all sweatshop workers.  Mass production from the field of industry will not arrested the amateurs needle, scissors or machine; that garment production has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and yielded more good than heretofore but at what cost? Population has steadily increased consumption of cheep goods, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the country, is this what permits large-scale freedoms? The gracious gifts of the garment workers, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins hath nevertheless remembered mercy and continue to work at low wages so we can consume cheep goods, should the whole American People supporting them and spending more rather not solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledge them with better wages, as well as with one heart and one voice their garments.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Friday of November as a day of Thanksgiving to garment workers.  I recommend you to gather in your homes, coffee shops, malls, and parks, and sit and mend, mend for yourself and mend for your neighbors in need, allow your hands to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the working purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Sewing Rebellion affixed.

Done at the City of Los Angeles, this eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten.
Frau Fiber –  Instigator of the Sewing Rebellion.

Williamsburg Walks, a photo essay

July 1, 2010

Williamsburg Walks!

June 26, 2010

Hi folks. Quick post to let you know that SR will be at Williamsburg Walks tomorrow, set up at a table on Bedford Ave in front of Spacecraft. We’ll be making (and helping anyone who wants to make) Frankenclothes (Amelia’s Invention, where you take two garments you don’t want or don’t wear and cut and stitch them to make one garment you do). We’ll be sharing space with the wonderful Bags for the People and Church of Craft, and there are lots of sewing machines, so come on out, stroll the car-less streets, bask in the sun, and SEW SOMETHING!