Captured on film!

Just a reminder to all our GLEAN fans that images of all the 2012 artwork, from the initial jurying to the uber-incredible Exhibition that surpassed all expectations and was THE art event to see and be seen at this fall are on our Flickr site at Click on the GLEAN icon on the right and navigate by category from there!

This year was an absolutely wonderful experience from beginning to end, the 2012 artists just knocked this one out of the park!  Keep your eyes on these folks, it’s pretty certain they’ve got even bigger things ahead of them and you saw them here first!

Bananas and Mottainai

After seeing a sixty-foot refrigerated truck full of yellow bananas being unloaded onto the loading dock at the transfer station this summer, I couldn’t get the Japanese word “mottainai” out of my mind. “Mottainai” means “what a waste” and conveys a sense that we should not throw away useful things. In David Kestenbaum’s NPR story “Mottainai Grandma Reminds Japan, ‘Don’t Waste’,” Yuko Kawanishi explained that Mottainai is an old Buddhist word that relates to ‘the Shinto idea that objects have souls.’

While they were in transit, the temperature of the bananas rose, causing them to soften. I thought, “Perfect for banana bread!” wanting to contact everyone I know to pick up a 40-pound box of soft yellow bananas. I felt helpless when I learned that they were not only going to waste, they would not be composted. There was not enough staff to separate the cardboard, plastic, and bananas.



What do I wear?

The opening is in 10 days.

What do I wear?

As a wearable art sculptor- and a female, this is a perplexing question.

I don’t want to steal focus from the pieces, and I certainly want to look good and wear something thematic.  I know that Greg was threatening all of us to wear our hard hats to the opening so that people would know who the artists are.  Is it wrong that I want to look cute, and not have my hair messed up?

Since the show is in 10 days, and I have a pretty packed schedule, I decided to ask my friend Erica Horton, to help me build my dress.  Erica is a sewing master.  She makes such beautiful clothing.  Real clothes! Each of her wears are always complementary on the body.  She works at MODERN DOMESTIC a sewing studio in N Portland, and teaches oodles of CLASSES from basics and beyond.  She’s kinda a big deal.

I was really happy that she was interested in helping.  I had 5 crazy patterened shirts I saved from my Grandmother when she passed.  I remember her wearing a couple of the shirts, and the others I thought were horrifyingly terrific!  I know that if she was alive, she would love me razzing her fashion choices, and would want to be at the show.

This lovely flowered shirt is going to be one of the fabrics in the dress (that is me styling her hair, and my younger sister is on her lap).

The Disremembered collection is all about honoring those that have been forgotten or left behind.  By redesigning these silly 80′s shirts into a beautiful art show dress, I’m honoring that which was and has been.  She will get to live on, thanks to Erica the sewing wizard!

Me and Erica sampling the shirts before they’re deconstructed. Silly 80’s shoulder pads!

Yes, that is correct. You are seeing metallic houndstooth. Amazing!

Mini Blind Corset

Here is the making of a Corset made from Mini Blinds, Bicycle Tire Tubes, A Door knob Plate, and 8 hinges (not photographed).  The skirt which also is not included is made out of  x-rays that greg gleaned!  You’ll have to all come to the show to see the final piece… just so you know, the skirt lights up! 🙂

Mini blind corset doodle.  My love affair started when I found this old white door knob plate.  It was begging to be made into something.

These are metal mini blinds cut into thirds.  I use masking tape to hold the weft down as I measure and then weave through… making the fabric is pretty time consuming, not to mention painful. The edges always seem to scratch up my hands.

Oh hello Project runway.  This is my dress form that I’m drawing the shapes I’d like to pattern from.  You can see the clear plastic over the black lines.  Traditionally a pattern maker would use muslin to drape the fabric around the form and over the lines making it difficult to replicate.  With the clear plastic, I have a very durable pattern, and one that I can see EXACTLY what I marked instead of having to feel through the fabric.  The see through-ness is a real time saver!These are the pattern pieces laid out and taped on the woven mini blind fabric.  MAKE sure to label all pieces and parts.  They get confusing when they’re all fragmented.Drilling the stitching holes with my fancy dremel.

Once the holes are in.  I can sew the pieces together.  I’ve chosen to use bicycle tire tubes as my thread.  They must be cut very thin.

Here is a sneak peak at the back before I put in a cashmere sweater lining.

And here is the finished top.  The back of the corset which isn’t photographed is laced up the back with bicycle tire tube thread, and 8 gorgeous hinges.  It’s really cool looking on.  Can’t wait for you all to see my nordic model I choose to wear this dress…. GOR-GEOUS!