seARTS Wearable Art Salon
Thursday, October 4
Lectures, Readings, Films
The Transformative Power of Wearable Art
A panel discussion exploring wearable art’s impact in relation to education, fashion, exhibitions, and the artist’s own creative experience, moderated by Petra Slinkard, The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody-Essex Museum. Petra will be joined by Barbara Broudo, former Director of Archives & Museum at Endicott College; Suzanne Ramljak, longtime editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator of the Fuller Craft Museum’s exhibition, Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment; Anne Lee, author of Artistry in Fiber, Wearable Art; and Christine Gauthier-Kelley, a silk painter and artist who was an early member of the seARTS Wearable Art group and participant in Celebrate Wearable Art starting in 2011.
Since 2011 the seARTS has embarked on a fabulous journey, challenging the larger arts community to design and raise the bar for Wearable Art. Through the Celebrate Wearable Art (CWA) program, we have enjoyed runway looks from seasoned fashion designers, sculptors, fiber artists, floral designers, interior designers, jewelers, painters, photographers, and woodworkers, among others. The wearable works created by CWA artists have served to inspire numerous viewers and fellow artists.
Our annual “Salon” panel discussions present an opportunity to explore various aspects of wearable art from the perspective of makers, curators, educators, and wearers. Past Salon themes include “Exploring Expressions on the Human Form,” and “From the Understated to the Outrageous.” The 2018 Salon will focus on the “Transformative Power of Wearable Art,” and will probe wearable art’s impact in relation to education, fashion, exhibitions, and the artist’s own creative experience. The artists’ journey includes challenges, and inspirational moments in the process of making wearable art. Along with these stories of creative transformation, there will be a discussion about the power of wearable art works for wearers, and within the broader cultural arena.