2012 Beyond the Pattern
Somerville Open Studios Fashion and Wearable Art Show
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Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
Admission is free.
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New in 2012: From steam punk to silk painting, costumes to couture and everything imaginable in between! Somerville Open Studios introduces a live runway event showcasing the incredibly diverse work of local artists in fashion and wearable art. This show offers the unique opportunity to view work in an exciting and dynamic way that is different from the traditional open studios setting. Plus, Somerville students will be presenting their work from the Young Designers Challenge, a collaboration between SOS artists and Somerville schools to educate and engage Somerville youth in 3D art, fashion and design.
Joolie Cahill has been making catastrophes stylish since 1984. Growing up in Portsmouth, RI, she quickly realized that she was eccentric, artistic, and very silly, while her town- Portsmouth was extremely conservative. Joolie brought all of her favorite things together- designing everything/anything and the environment, to start her own company- creating handmade, one-of-a-kind- apparel, art, and accessories, using mostly recycled materials.
CarrieSewFancy has been working with a sewing machine since she was a young girl. A self-taught dressmaker, she enjoys using vintage and up-cycled fabrics to create marvelous handmade clothing, accessories, and gift items. CarrieSewFancy specializes in custom made dresses; and believes that every lady should feel comfortable and beautiful in her clothing.
JoAnne Coppolo creates exotic styles that are influenced by her travels abroad. She employs textiles collected from all over the globe making her own version of world inspired fashion. Seeing the potential in a garment she also reinvents or uses parts resulting in an original and unique piece. This show will display the diversity of her clothing and what she produces for her company JoJo.
Nicole Donson has been painting on silk using dyes for more than 15 years and creates one-of-a- kind colorfast hand-painted silk scarves, garments and wall hangings. Her work is available at The Cambridge Artists Cooperative in Harvard Square, Artitudes Gallery in Newton, MA and 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington and she has participated in numerous juried craft fairs and open studio events throughout the New England area. She has been an active member of the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville since 1998.
Shana Goodman is a passionate cosplayer and lolita fashion enthusiast. She began by making clothing and costumes for herself and friends. Today, Shana's passion for cosplay has led her to create clothing and costumes for commission and to selling her work at conventions through her own business, Threads of Fate.
Basil El Halwagy creates wearable art that explores the intersection between sciences and spirituality. Using costume, El Halwagy invents characters that straddle the line between shaman and superhero. By adapting patterns to the contour of the body, his characters become embodiments for ideas about nature, cosmic interplay, or human beings and their environment.
Pauline Lim is an artist/musician who lives and works in the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA. The winner of numerous art and music grants, she has been creating and designing her own clothes since middle school. An avid cyclist who travels with a folding bike, she designs functional athletic wear elegant enough to wear to restaurants and museums.
Barbara Wheat is a designer and creator of custom artisan clothing, which is impeccably constructed, using the very best materials, with uncompromising fit and finish. At the SOS show she will be presenting a new line of bridal wear, “100 Years of Style,” inspired by vintage designs and visions of a sustainable future. She is the owner of Anchorage Nine Custom Clothing, www.AnchorageNine.com, and a founder of Boston’s Apparel Artisan’s Cooperative.
Anna M. Zamarripa began her sewing career creating costumes for local dance companies and understands the need to design visually stunning garments with impeccable fit that allow for movement and comfort. She enjoys working with a variety of fabric and styles but she can’t deny her love for the beautiful styles of the 1950‘s, which serve as inspiration for her collection.
The Young Designers Challenge
This project is a collaboration with the art department at Somerville High School and the West Neighborhood School after school program aimed at educating and engaging students in 3D art, fashion and design.
Somerville High School students are submitting original pieces to be presented at the SOS fashion show according to the following guidelines:
Pieces must be made by the student and must be wearable on the human body. Any materials may be used and recycled materials are encouraged. Students are asked to use materials which are free of cost and/or available from school supplies, rather than purchased materials. Students are also required to produce a finished rendering of their piece and have weekly progress meetings.
The students at West Somerville Neighborhood School are part of a Fashion Club called "Wearable Creations". The club uses challenges similar to Project Runway to encourage students to stretch their perceptions of what fashion means, to use their inspirations as motivation and to set their goals high. Their work for this show is in response to a challenge the students designed themselves. It is to create a wearable, 3D self- portrait using the phrase "That's Sew Me" as inspiration.