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thoughts on art and process in action from a contemporary artist

The Fabric District

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It’s an incredible place. When I first went there it reminded me of the great marketplace in Cairo (Khan al-Khalil) or the marketplace in Chichicastenango, Guatemala sortof dropped into the otherwise abandoned streets of downtown LA. People of every nationality will haggle with you on every kind of fabric and trim you can imagine. Bolts of fabric spill out into the streets, and back rooms have little tables overhung with bolts of fabric, piled with trim, calculators, paperwork and often boasting little tea sets for discussing serious orders over.

I love it. And last week I got down there and found the fabric for the sculpture I’m working on- the figure with the glass face. I wanted something matte-white, and as I looked at more matte-white fabric it became obvious that I needed a subtle texture to provide some depth, to scatter the light, and to give it a little bit of subtle detail. Without it might be in danger of looking like a mock-up. So I found some perfect white-on white jaquard cotton cloth. It does everything I need it to do.

I’m made many costumes and a decent share of clothing (some of which many people would consider costume), but I’ve never really used my clothes-sewing skills for a actual sculpture. It’s exciting.

Now it’s tumbling in the dryer… getting ready to be cut. One thing about being a contemporary mixed-media artist is the sheer range of materials you use. ANYTHING is fair game.


Written by marycoreymarch

March 2, 2010 at 1:23 am

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