Fabric artist extraordinaire Lara Schnitger recently launched Sister of Arp, silkscreen dresses made by hand as well as jumpers and shawls with something to say. Her Never Alone collection is inspired by a friend surrounded by her young children crawling and dangling around her body like dynamic accessories - the epitome of the working mom who breastfeeds while remaining glamorous.
Patchwork, stencils and lace create evocative messages and prints of limbs and hands touch the wearer's body next to statements like Smell, Touch Only. The construction is limited to bias-cuts, which use the "stretchiest" part of a woven fabric to mold to the curves, replacing the normal side-seams with ones that wrap diagonally down the body. They "make the front just as important as the side and the back," says Schnitger. "These pieces are like walking sculptures that invoke a heightened sense of elegance and empowerment for the women wearing them." (via)
This awesome jumpsuit she made for Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was front & center on the band's 2013 World Tour. For the LA-based collective My Barbarian, Schnitger crafted elaborate sculptural costumes (below, right) for their performance of El Maleficio de La Mariposa, The Butterfly's Evil Spell, a "fragmentary Symbolist theater text" from 1920 about an injured butterfly who is temporarily stranded amongst other insects and despite a cockroach's love for her, still flies away. It was penned by Spanish playwright, poet, theater director and dramatist Federico García Lorca. He achieved international recognition as part of an influential group of poets that arose in Spanish literary circles between 1923 and 1927. Generation '27, as they were called, first met in Seville to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the death of the baroque poet Luis de Góngora; the group shared a strong desire to experience and work with avant-garde forms of art and poetry.
Here is the podcast I recorded about this - Episode 69: Quilts for Gen Social Media
Avant-Garde Quilt Explosion! (ARTnews)
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community (Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art)
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott