Since 2011 the seARTS has embarked on a fabulous journey challenging the arts community to design and raise the bar for wearable art. We have enjoyed runway looks from trained fashion designers, floral designers, interior designers, painters, photographers, fiber artists, sculptors, woodworkers, and jewelers – among many others. Each story is filled with pain and glory. The CWA artists have inspired many on-lookers and fellow artists.
Our annual “salon” panel discussions present an opportunity to explore various aspects of wearable art from the perspective of makers, curators, and educators. Past Salons themes include “Exploring Expressions on the Human Form,” and “From the Understated to the Outrageous,”
In 2018, the Salon will focus on the Transformative Power of Wearable Art. We are interested in understanding where it fits into arts education, exhibitions, fashion, and the artist experience – whether or not the artist is focused solely on this genre. We have asked artists in the community to send us their stories looking at their creative journey, challenges, learning, and inspirational moments in the process of making wearable art and if applicable – their specific experience with Celebrate Wearable Art.
This panel will be hosted on the evening of October 4th at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA. It has been timed to coincide with Mass Fashion Symposium. The keynote moderator will Petra Slinkard, The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody-Essex Museum. Petra will be joined by Barbara Broudo, former Director Archives & Museum at Endicott College. More panelists TBA.