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.
Please note that due to the Coronavirus all donations will be:
Will be left out of doors in a secure dry place for 5 days
Disinfected and cleaned before being added to the garment
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 encourage all ages to participate.
- Help create the OAM: Ohio Allegheny Monongahela Garment:
a Pittsburgh Community Fashion Project
- 4 inch (approximate sizing)
- Any shape, any fabric, textile or sew able pieces.
- Decorate, design, draw, embroider, knit, crochet, sew, screen printed, etc - any kind of sew able piece of fabric
- Individuals, families, multiple pieces from one family, organizations, businesses, schools, all are welcome.
- Please include your name, age (optional), location on the back of the piece. It can be written on masking tape, on a tag or could also be on the front of the piece as part of the design.
- Alternative: Post photo and/or video of your with the piece with up to 1 min talking about it on social media
- Tag your social media
- Please mail fabric pieces to:
OAM Fashion Project
5256A Natrona Way
- The pieces will be collected over the next few weeks and as long as we receive fabric submissions.
- Any inappropriate symbols, images or words will not be included in the project.
- Send submissions by June 5th, though we expect this to be growing ongoing project, the garment will grow as needed for the community.
We welcome any all contributor regardless of art, design or sewing background.
Any skill level, all ages.
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
We are physically distant but creatively connected.