I just created a new piece called Eco-Flamenco during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI. What an incredible experience it was to make this garment with over five thousand thousand people!
I am using Kickstarter to raise funds to cover the costs of the project, if I don't reach my goal of $5,000 by October 14, 2011 I won't receive any of your monetary pledges. According to Kickstarter 90% of the projects that initially receive 30% of their goal do get fully funded. I am almost 50% funded as of Oct 10th. Also, most of the contributions happen at the end of the process... which is NOW. Can you please help me reach my goal?
Eco-Flamenco is sewn from parachute scraps and is covered in ruffles: circles cut from cereal boxes that are painted with reclaimed acrylic paint. Five thousand people wrote eco-pledges on the circles: commitments of what they could do to help the environment! The circles were transformed into ruffles when sewn to the dress. (In the photo above volunteers sew circles on the the train of the dress during a modern day sewing Bee!)
I was on-site at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art from Sept 20-Oct 7 for 10-12 hours each day working with volunteers who helped me to paint, cut and sew. I also met with thousands of ArtPrize attendees who took eco-pledges. This is the first time I have created a piece with this many people, it was quite thrilling!
Some fun (approximate) statistics:
• 5,000 eco-pledges
• 250 cereal boxes
• 60 volunteers
• 650 hours to create the garment
The finished piece is sculptural fashion, but the process of creating it was interactive performance art! The most meaningful part of the experience for me was listening to the conversations people had about their eco-pledges and knowing that my project instigated an exchange about how to care for the environment!
The finished garment will be displayed at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids through November, and then will join the rest of my work in the Atlanta International Airport through the spring of 2012. Over 4 million people will pass by the garment while it is in Atlanta, engaging even more people in thinking about sustainable living!
The funds you pledge for Eco-Flamenco will be used to cover my living expenses while I was in Grand Rapids, shipping the garment, insurance, supplies, printing educational materials, and a modest artist stipend.
THANK YOU for any amount of support that you are inspired to contribute!
NOTE: I am still completing the last panel at the end of the dress’s train, I will attach all of your eco-pledges in this prominent location!
- (31 days)