Many thanks to the Cape Ann Museum, our host, and to everyone that attended the panel discussion: Wearable Art: Exploring Expressions on the Human Form. We had four amazing panelists and moderator and our event was organized seamlessly by Anita Blackaby who is part of our CWA committee. In early 2015 as we prepared for the last runway event, our committee member, Andree Robert suggested that we find a way to collaborate with the Cape Ann Museum. We began our collaboration vibrant panel discussion the week after the runway show in 2015. Last week, we were able as a “kick-off” the runway event and by doing so loop in the fashion experts who will be quite pre-occupied on October 1 which is officially the start of Boston Fashion Week.
While each panelist began by sharing their own creations and experience with “wearable art,” the discussion was centered on key questions concerning where the artists find their inspiration – inside and outside the art world, how making things wearable is different, and whether wearable art could be the new haute-couture. Another track was focused on the overall “wearability” of the various works. Coming from the fashion side of things, Jay Calderin (Boston Fashion Week & School of Fashion Design) reminded us that much of the fashion of earlier centuries barely allowed the wearer to move. Jennifer Varekamp leads her students through an organic journey of learning around the pieces that go into a fashion design. She takes her classes to the places (overseas) where things are made by hand in the most fundamental way to help them gain full appreciation of the work. The student-panelist, Nell McKeon led us through her personal relationship with art and art-to-wear and encouraged everyone to look for the art and design in everything around them. Rick Crangle focused on “problem-solving” as the key muse that helps him find new inspiration throughout his work. Overall, the audience was fully engaged in a very robust discussion about what we wear and why we wear it!
What’s also significant to our effort and to the seARTS spirit, is the incredible collaboration that we have seen in our wearable art events. Since we began our journey in July 2007 at the Gloucester House, our first “salon” it has become apparent that wearable art crosses many boundaries and inspires artists from all genres. Lauren Whitley from the MFA who spoke at our last Salon event and will also be a runway judge this year wrote a fabulous history of wearable art and this is a great way to describe the people that attended last week and will attend on October 1. “In the early twentieth century, unconventional artistic dress had achieved a certain level of acceptance. Wearing of artistic dress had even become a badge of distinction, bestowing upon the wearer an aura of progressive ideals, intellectualism, and good taste.”
Celebrate Wearable Art IV News: Call for Models, Ticketing, Judges & Celebrity Emcees
The plans for seARTS the October 1, 2017 Celebrate Wearable Art IV (CWAIV) runway show are in full swing with a curated Wearable Art Marketplace, newly designed artist awards, VIP runways judging panel, and a reserved ticket seating plan at Cruiseport. All the show information is now conveniently located on the new website!
Celebrate Wearable Art is a multi-faceted event and there are many ways for artists, designers, makers, and creative businesses to engage with the seARTS team. Tickets are over half-sold and can be purchased directly here. All ticket buyers now have access to reserve seating via Eventbrite. Tickets are $150 for individual tickets and all will be seated at tables of six. $185 tickets at VIP Tables are available on a very limited basis by contacting seARTS at email@example.com . Using Eventbrite, buyers can open up a map of the room and choose their seats. Checks will be accepted for anyone wishing to purchase a table for six and can be sent to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA. 01931 and an email to firstname.lastname@example.org should accompany the check indicating the information for the guests at the table.
Call for Models: There will be a call for models with the show curators and WSM Talent agency on Saturday, August 26th at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room, 123 Main Street, 2nd floor from 9-12. Applicants must be available the evening of September 27th for the Rehearsal. Details of additional requirements and how to prepare for the modeling session are on the website www.wearableart.org in the News Section.
Celebrate Wearable Art Panel at the Cape Ann Museum: Leading up to the October 1, event, the Cape Ann Museum and seARTS will present Wearable Art: Exploring Expressions on the Human Form on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 PM. Tickets for seARTS & Museum members are $10/general public $15.
Here’s some additional information about the show that will help you full enjoy this exciting showcase!
The Runway: Wearable Art is open to all makers and response to the call for artists has been robust. The deadline for entry has passed, but the committee will keep the entry open online to encourage future participation or substitutions due to changes. The runway will showcase of Cape Ann’s most talented artists alongside regional and international makers of wearable art and fashion. This year’s event has attracted an impressive array of students at all levels. Under the leadership of art teacher Tamara Burns, Manchester-Essex Regional High School has already applied as a class and is treating the opportunity as an Advanced Placement undertaking.
Our goal for 2017 is of course to have a successful Wearable Art benefit, but also to surpass our previous runway shows with the level of artistry and pure excitement! Some of us need just a little reason to dream up something marvelous, and THIS IS IT, says Martha Sutyak of Beverly, the CWA runway lead curator and stylist.
Awards: The new focus on awards is an important step in the evolution of CWA. The committee has carefully designed the following awards to help encourage artists to experiment in new ways. Awards will be supported through sponsorships – both cash and in-kind. Looks will be awarded on-site by a group of VIP judges from the design and wearable art community. Businesses interested in sponsoring these exciting awards may contact seARTS email@example.com
1. The seARTS Best of Show Award
2. Coastal Inspiration Award
3. Eco – Upcycled Award
4. Architectural Award
5. Student Innovation Award
VIP Judging Panel: The CWA committee is pleased to welcome these accomplished art curators and fashion experts to the panel of judges. Lauren D. Whitley, senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. is senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she helps oversee a collection of 55,000 textiles and costumes. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director, Peabody-Essex Museum; Jennifer Varekamp: Professor of Fashion Design, Mass College of Art and Design. Wearable Art is an important niche that crosses many boundaries. Day-to-day, we celebrate “makers” who create and sell their work. Chair, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco comments, “Our local Wearable Art Group and CWA committee have systematically invited world class arts and educational institutions and reached across geographies so that together we can build a strong wearable art community,
Participation from this distinguished panel of judges further validates the importance of the journey we started eleven years ago.
The Wearable Art Marketplace: The following artists will exhibit and sell work before and after the runway show: J.M. Syron and Bonnie Bishoff, (Maine) Marlene Cann, (Gloucester) Joanne Demetra (Rockport) Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, (Gloucester) Christine Gauthier-Kelley, (Manchester, MA) Pavlina Gilson, (Manchester, MA)Jennifer Greeke, (Gloucester) Sonja Grondstra, (Swampscott) Susan Kenna, (Beverly) Camilla MacFadyen, (Gloucester) Nurit Niskala, (New Hampshire) Fran Osten, (Newton) Barbara Poole, (Lowell) Regina Loiacano, (Gloucester) Kiki Taron Kinney, (Marblehead) Beth Williams, (Gloucester) Meegan Williams, (Salem) and Sara Wright. (Rockport). With the addition of Meegan Williams, the Marketplace will include a menswear line for the first time.
Bike Drawing: Through the generosity of BMW Peabody, seARTS will benefit directly from a drawing for a BMW Cruising bike, visit http://wearableart.org/promotions/ The bike is on display in the Window of Mahri in Manchester-by-the-Sea where tickets can also be purchased.
Supporting Sponsors: seARTS is pleased to welcome the following sponsors: Art New England Magazine, Beauport Hotel, Beauport Financial Services, BMW Peabody, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Flagship Motors/Mercedes Benz, Minuteman Press, the Peabody-Essex Museum, and North Shore Magazine. Artist Award Sponsors (to date) include: Common Crow; Epstein & Epstein Architects; and The Hamilton Group.
Call for Models! CWAIV: October 1, 2017
If you would like to be considered to model one (or more) of the fabulous wearable art and fashion designs on October 1, we would like to see you at the upcoming “call for models” to be held on Saturday, August 26th at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room, 123 Main Street, 2nd Floor. 9AM-12PM. Please bring your own footwear – we prefer 4-5” heels, platforms, or wedges – and you will be asked to walk for our stylist team. At this meeting, you will be asked to fill out a form with more details.
Please know that you can only be chosen to model IF you can attend the dress rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th at Cruiseport Gloucester.
At the October 1 event, We prefer that our volunteer models work the show unaccompanied due to space limitations, (everyone has to stay in the downstairs area), and no one will be able to see the show without a ticket. This is a fundraiser with very limited space. That said, the we expect the show to be filmed so that everyone can see it in the near future.
For rehearsal, we will also request that you bring your own footwear, and we will help answer your questions in that regard. Again, we prefer 4-5” heels, platforms, or wedges in a style suited to your garments. Please try to bring undergarments also suited to your outfits. Hair and makeup help will be provided but please arrive with your basic “face” on!
Thank you on behalf of seARTS for your interest in modeling for our Wearable Art Runway Show on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.
seARTS CWAIV Runway Committee
The seARTS CWA Committee is pleased and privileged to welcome three accomplished curators to perform the role of judges for the Wearable Art Awards. Each brings an important perspective on fashion and wearable art in their respective leading art institutions. The core judging panel will include:
Lauren D. Whitley, senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lauren is senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she helps oversee a collection of 55,000 textiles and costumes.
The judges will review the looks on the runway in real-time and seARTS will provide cash prizes for each of five categories.
Why “Wearable Art” – is it for me? And other FAQ’s about CWAIV, by Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco
As we approach October 1 – yes, just two months from today, I want to share some thoughts about how and why Celebrate Wearable Art came about and what’s at the core from different perspectives. What’s all the fuss about? As an organizer, I wasn’t looking to create “just another event” for Cape Ann. We wanted something spectacular. Ultimately, we want people to visit and stay here to experience the very best Wearable Art, the way you may head to Sedona to experience nature’s art! We wanted something that no one has claimed wholly so that we can gather the best group of “makers” in this space in one room and bring them HERE. Why should we have to travel the world to share our work when we live in this beautiful art destination? So here are some things to consider as a “maker” or a “lover” or simply just to satisfy your intellectual curiosity or insatiable appetite for creativity!
The Maker-Founders: As a small group of artists, creating hand-made one-of-a-kind art-to-wear, we had tried the usual means to sell our work. But we needed to raise the bar and reach new audiences. We also wanted our work to come to life. Putting on a beautiful piece of jewelry or clothing – or a colorful hat is a completely different experience that looking at it on a rack or online! Artistic expression on the human form is the epicenter of wearable art. We wanted to celebrate and share that experience!
All Creatives: Not everyone makes their art-to-wear. But for all creative minds, finding a new way to express creativity is a lifelong quest. With a runway show, exhibit, or performance – painters, woodworkers, florists, interior designers – all creatives – have the chance to express themselves in 3-D terms on the most challenging of all forms, the human body. CWA gives everyone a chance. Emerging artists and students are among the most engaged as they are not bound by any artistic forms. In this show, we are particularly pleased to have a significant student population involved. We encourage all makers and creatives to think about how they can make a piece of wearable art. It’s only $35 to apply, free for seARTS members to apply, and free for students, so why not? The deadline is August 15th and all you need is a concept and be ready for REHEARSAL on September 27th.
The Experience Seekers: Quite simply, it’s fun. It’s mind-expanding. It’s all about the surprises, the reactions, and hearing about how the garments were conceived and made. A little glitz thrown in, but mostly each piece is an experience in and of itself. All types of people – all ages – walks of life can enjoy wearable art. Our educational track with the Cape Ann Museum on September 7th brings together an expert panel to provide a more comprehensive back drop to the entire community of wearable art and fashion. CWAIV is also a great networking event. We have an amazing committee that has reached into the depths of their own networks to build a following for the last 11 years. So if you want to hang out with the “in crowd” – you will find them here! Not a coincidence that CWAIV is the FIRST day of Boston Fashion Week. It all starts here on Cape Ann.
Patrons of the Art & Shoppers: It’s your show. At a minimum, you will be supporting seARTS, the arts collaboration and incubator for great art experiences. As importantly, you can show support for the beautiful things being made in your backyard. AND you can stand out at your next fabulous event – wedding, fundraiser, party – own something that no one else owns. Can’t be there – would love to associate with the event? You can sponsor an artist award under your name or business. For this contact me directly.
Extras: Oh yes! Want to try your hand at modeling? Or have offspring that should be? Our models are mostly from the community. Most clothing is size 0-4. Yep, that’s just the way it is. But for those that are not shy on the runway, dancers with lovely struts – it’s a fun way to test your metal.
Questions: Best always to reach out to Clare at seARTS Visit WearableArt.org to be inspired and to sign up!