We were interested in finding someone to represent the useful style that you see in contemporary art in fiber, says Feminism & Co. co-director Elissa Auther. The LFS women, she adds, have a sort of street-based, casual, sloppy craft aesthetic that we are looking to embrace with them, and theyre also attempting to intervene in public space in an interesting way, with feminized materials. Frau Fiber works on globalization and sweatshop labor she does performances that focus on the politics of labor, using craft to reveal the issues of exploitation, outsourcing and so on that we, as Americans, dont really see or understand as consumers. And Allison represents the art side of it.
After a brief talk on the feminist craft revival of the 1970s, learn how to create a tag with the LFS, explore the politics of mending with Frau Fiber, or join Smith in an ongoing rug-making project in her MCA installation tonight at 6 p.m. at the museum, 1485 Delgany Street. Admission to Craftivism is $17 ($12 for MCA members); access www.mcadenver.org or call 303-298-7554 for information.
Frau Fiber gets crafty in a Q&A at showandtelldenver.com.
Tue., April 19, 6 p.m., 2011