Salon 2019| seARTS Showcases Wearable Art Stories at the Cape Ann Museum!
Wearable Art has become associated with Cape Ann since the founding of the seARTS Wearable Art Group in 2006. For many art lovers, it has meant an education, a chance to see looks on a runway, or a shopping experience. What has gone on behind the scenes, however, is just as interesting. While creating interest in the genre is the main mission of the group, the “offspring” of these efforts is a story in itself as are the stories of the participants themselves. Many have brought their love of design into this unique fold and participated in unique ways. The upcoming PechaKucha (PK) night at the Cape Ann Museum is a chance to find out more in a colorful, storytelling format. The event takes place on the lower level of the Museum at 7PM on Thursday, November 21st. The PK and Q&A will wrap up in one hour providing a chance for attendees to enjoy the museum’s exhibits.
The seARTS Wearable Art Group has invited a diverse group to tell their stories in the PechaKucha (chit-chat) format. For those unfamiliar with PK, the presenter shows 20 VISUAL slides for 20 seconds of commentary. Six different presentations will be given by seven creatives who are involved in different aspects of Wearable Art. In her overview of the Wearable Art Group, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco will pay tribute to a very special member, Mahri (years) a renowned local goldsmith who was part of the Celebrate Wearable Art shows in 2011 and 2013.
Beth Williams – Glass Bead Maker and Jeweler. Beth has been a maker for 35 years and is a co-founder of the Wearable Art Group. Her pieces are handmade with flame worked glass and precious metals. She creates contemporary elegant jewelry that balances the varied materials, resulting in unique pieces the owner can wear with comfort and pleasure.
Linda Stockman – Graphic Designer and Costume Designer – Linda has been the art director and designer for nearly all of the collateral for the the Wearable events for seARTS since the initial Wearable Art Salon. Her work is part of its DNA. What many don’t know is her amazing work as a costume designer which will be the subject of her talk.
Queen – Queen Allotey-Pappoe is a brilliant fashion designer and fiber artist, born and raised in Accra Ghana, and studied in Manchester (UK) and Boston at MassART. She now lives in Littletonr, MA. Queen won the Student Innovation Award in the 2017 CWA show. Queen’s creations are at the intersection of environmental sustainability and empowerment. Her fashion brand, Queen Adeline, features a line of Ready-to-Wear and custom pieces that incorporate 100% cotton African wax print textiles and other biodegradable fibers sourced from Ghana.
Eva Camacho-Sanchez – is a fiber artist born and raised in Andalucía, Spain now living in western Massachusetts, USA. Her work is the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of felt making with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles. She uses 100% natural and biodegradable materials, where possible locally-sourced and sustainable, with an emphasis on low environmental impact and creative processes such as reduced water consumption. Although she is devoted to felt, Eva is equally intrigued by other mediums, fibers and fabrics.
Jen Greeke – fashion & costume designer based out of Gloucester, MA. She participated in all the seARTS Celebrate Wearable Art (CWA) events (2011-18) and shared the 2017 Best of Show award for seARTS Celebrate Wearable Art for her look Paved Paradise. Jen strives to tell a story with her love of history, character and wearable art. She infuses playful color and texture to give an original spin on the inspiration/story she is either given or what comes to her. Jen received her BFA in fashion from Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Costume Design from NYU’s Tisch Design for Stage and Film. After college Jen worked on many types of production ranging from film, theater and dance. She moved back to Gloucester to start her fashion company Harpy and is currently also working on costumes for BoSoMa Dance Company. Jen and Katherine Hooper curator/choreographer of BoSoMa will share their unique collaboration that grew out of Jen’s look from CWA.
Katherine Hooper, Artistic Director, BoSoma Dance Company BoSoma Dance Company, under the artistic direction of choreographer and educator Katherine Hooper, is recognized for its daring contemporary programming encompassing both vibrant movement with athletic performance quality. In 16 seasons, BoSoma has premiered over 40 original works by Hooper and performed commissions for many outstanding organizations. BoSoma has stepped up its mission to harness the power of dance and physical movement to unlock a passion for greater learning in our schools through their Educational Outreach Programs. Its Fall Season opens November 23rd in Beverly MA.
Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Cape Ann Designs sea glass jewelry designer and founder of the seARTS Wearable Art Group will focus her PK presentation on the history of the group with highlights from all of the events (2006 to present). Her presentation will include a special tribute to late Mahri (Bode) who would be celebrating 50 years as a jeweler on Cape Ann.
PKNights had been held in more than 1,142 cities worldwide. More than 3 million people have attended a PK Night. The event is sponsored by the Cape Ann Savings Bank and attendees will enjoy a reception just prior to the event.