WORKSHOP: Motifs, Migrations, and Misappropriations

Moroccan tunics
Photo credit: Frau Fiber

Frau Fiber, Fast Fashion artist
The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) campaigns to make transparent the cultural appropriation of motifs by migrants fleeing violence in their home countries. The Sewing Rebellion, under the leadership of Frau Fiber, will provide instruction for knocking off and adapting a Syrian tunic from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. The knock off will be made using t-shirts as a natural resource representing consumer culture of late western capitalism.

Frau Fiber was born in Apoloda, Germany, where she worked in the local garment and knitting factories until the fall of the Berlin wall. In 2006 after an influential meeting at the Bauhaus Museum, Fiber was inspired to move to Chicago, where she began the Sewing Rebellion at Mess Hall in Rodgers Park, creating soft guerrilla actions and making apparel production transparent.

All are welcome to stop by to meet the artist; reservations are required for the workshop.

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