All is Actually Each, 2018

All is Actually Each, 2018 (side d)

This work, along with 2 others, was commissioned by Eileen Fisher. All the garments (approximately 800 lbs. in this piece) came from Renew, Eileen Fisher’s take-back and reuse program. They preserve the value of their clothes at every stage, in any condition. The garments are cleaned, repaired and re-sold, given to women in need and used to create new garments, textiles and art. This piece was installed in the Seattle, University Village store and will be on display for a year or so. After that, the garments will go back into the Renew program to be turned into something else.

With casters and an eye hook attached to the base, this piece can be rolled from one part of the store to another. This strategy harkens back to a piece I created for The University of Maryland in 2010 called Social Mobility.

Approximate Size:
7′ x 28′ x 28′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood, steel & casters

All is actually each (detail), 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

All is actually each (detail), 2018
(after Aldous Huxley)
7’ x 28” x 28”

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Separating Being From Becoming, 2018

Separating being from becoming, 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”
Separating being from becoming, 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

This work, along with 2 others, was commissioned by Eileen Fisher. All the garments (approximately 800 lbs. in this piece) came from Renew, Eileen Fisher’s take-back and reuse program. They preserve the value of their clothes at every stage, in any condition. The garments are cleaned, repaired and re-sold, given to women in need and used to create new garments, textiles and art. This piece was installed in the Detroit store and will be on display for a year or so. After that, the garments will go back into the Renew program to be turned into something else.

With casters and an eye hook attached to the base, this piece can be rolled from one part of the store to another. This strategy harkens back to a piece I created for The University of Maryland in 2010 called Social Mobility.

Approximate Size:
7′ x 28′ x 28′ (H x W x D)

Materials:
Second-hand clothing, wood, steel & casters

Note: The tile was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception.

More about this in the Blog.

Eileen Fisher Comissions: Brooklyn, Seattle & Detroit

All is actually each (detail), 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

I just finished installing the last of 3 sculptures created for Eileen Fisher this summer. Though I worked out of their “Tiny Factory” in Irvington NY, my studio was huge. And with The Hudson River outside my door, it felt like an artist residency with all the clothing I could ever need. (more about that here). Over the course of 6 weeks, I used approximately 3,600 pounds of clothing. I tried to keep track of the number of garments I used, but alas, that did not happen!

Here is a bit about the process. In my early design discussions with the Eileen Fisher creative team, I made the above”playing card” sketches to facilitate design exploration. These were all about 2.5″ x 3.5″.

Those evolved into the schematics below that I created on my computer.

Schematics for Eileen Fisher Detroit & Seattle Stores.
Schematics for Eileen Fisher Detroit & Seattle Stores.

Once we nailed that down, I got down to sorting and folding. Here is where we landed for the Seattle store:

All is actually each, 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

All is actually each (detail), 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”
All is actually each (detail), 2018
(after Aldous Huxley)
7’ x 28” x 28”

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And here is the piece for Detroit:

Separating being from becoming, 2018 (after Aldous Huxley) 7’ x 28” x 28”

More about this piece under Works

Maybe you are wondering about the piece I created for Brooklyn? Well, I need to get back there to do a proper photoshoot! I’m really excited to share that with you, as well as the amazing mini-doc that was created! In the meantime here is a schematic for the design.

Sketch done in Adobe Illustrator for the Eileen Fisher Brooklyn Store.
Schematic for the Eileen Fisher Brooklyn Store.

Hard at work!

Installing at Eileen Fisher, Bergan St.
Installing at Eileen Fisher, Bergan St.
Derick and his steamer.
Derick and his steamer.

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Playing Card Sketches, 2018

Playing Card Drawings
Playing Card Drawings
Playing Card Drawings

These tiny sketches were created as a conversation starter when designing new works for Eileen Fisher. More about the Eileen Fisher Commission

Approximate Size:
2.5″ x 3.5″ (H x W)

Materials:
Rag paper & colored pencil

Summer Studio, Eileen Fisher

Studio, Eileen Fisher Tiny Factory, 2018 (hall)

I’m in Seattle today, getting ready to install one of the 3 sculptures I created for Eileen Fisher. Drinking a big coffee and reflecting back on my summer residency, I feel a bit melancholy that it’s nearly over. The Eileen Fisher team generously gave me studio space in their Tiny Factory to create the work. Situated in their warehouse, surrounded by endless amounts of second-hand clothing, I was right at home:

Eileen_Fisher_Workspace2

Eileen Fisher, Tiny Factory
Eileen Fisher, Tiny Factory

It was such a great experience.

I’ll be sharing images of the final works soon with some details and a video created to document the process over the next few weeks.

As an added bonus, The Tiny Factory is located in a building that was built for Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1895. It was designed by Stanford White, a notorious art star of the gilded age (I love his shop coat and ‘stache!)

Stanford_White_Cosmo

Sadly, the other side of the building, which looked pretty much the same as this side, was chiseled off and faced with ordinary red brick. Someday I will try to find out how and why that happened.


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