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.
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”
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.
Schematic for the Eileen Fisher Brooklyn Store.
Hard at work! Installing at Eileen Fisher, Bergan St.
This is a sketch for a piece comprised of 3175.15 kilograms of carefully folded second-hand clothing. It will be 2.1 meters tall and 1.8 meters wide. The overall shape is that of a thick, free-standing, corner partition. The color vertically transitions from dark to light and the back again. Inside the corner of the structure, shirt sleeves, pant legs, ties, etc.. emerge to form bridge-like appendages. These elements express the human need to make connections and the idea that we are all one people. It relates to an early work seen Here
This is based on a dream I had where I was standing in an earthen pit, a bit deeper than I am tall. Behind me stood my father. Behind him, his father. Behind him, his father. I am lucky to have known them all. I think it was implied in the dream image that the line went on forever and that I was only momentarily at the front. But actually, I do not have children, so I am the end of the line.
At one point, I had a pile of sketches about clothing sculptures spread across several sketchbooks. I wanted to develop them into finished drawings so I made this sketch as a sort of to-do list. Many of these thumbnails become finished drawings.
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