A Community fashion project
A small piece created by you will help build a community work of art.
As a writer I shared thoughts on being creative during our physical distancing while we fight the Coronavirus.
Over the past week I thought I should take my own advice and came up with a collective design response:
OAM: A Pittsburgh Community Fashion Project
The Three Rivers and Golden Triangle are the inspiration for this garment. Imagine the golden triangle as the proud head held high, with the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers as long cascading sleeves with the mighty Ohio as the long train - this is the outline of the OAM garment.
For the OAM Pittsburgh Community Fashion Project we are asking people of all ages, regardless of fashion, design or sewing skill level - to decorate, design, draw, embroider, knit, crochet, sew or simple cut a 4 inch (approximate) piece of fabric, in any shape and mail it to address below to be included in this project.
This design process is inspired by IdiaDega’s Half Your Team Dress (sew below) a collaboration of the Beading Wolves and Beading by Holly of the Oneida Indian Nation and the Olorgeasailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya. The dress was made in a community quilt model.
The pieces will then be shaped into a garment that will represent the Three Rivers.
We hope this wearable garment will be on display later in the year.
We have “fabric pledges” from many exciting and inspiring people already:
Natalie Bencivenga, journalist
Bekezela Mguni, radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme
Leah Patgorski, artist
Jennifer Nagle Myers, artist
jenifer schweitzer, owner of spruce & adorn + one girl’s graphics
The Ricci Twins
Kilolo Luckett, Art Historian | Cultural Producer | Writer
Kelly Sanders, co-owner of love, Pittsburgh
Edith Abeyta, artist
Charlotte Ka, artist and co-founder of Moka Art Gallery
Lesley Ware, author of Sew Fab book series, fashion designer and teacher
Dana Bishop-Root, artist and curator
Michael Barnhouse, chef, owner and proprietor, Leo. a public house
DS Kinsel, creative entrepreneur and cultural agitator
Camerin “Camo” Nesbit, artist
Njaimeh Njie, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia producer
Imani Jahaan, Imani Jahaan Vintage
Nisha Blackwell, Knotzland
Wavy Wednesday, artist
Natalie Sweet, Program Director, Brew House Association
Ash Andrews, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Elysia Panda, Style 412
Jo-Anne Bates, artist
Sponsored by BOOM! Concepts
We are physically distant but creatively connected.