WOW or How to Wear Art|PEM’s latest exhibit, featuring wearable art, is now open. By Regina Cole
Consider the bra in a display case in a section of the WOW® World of Wearable Art exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum called Bizarre Bras. Linked by pretty, jeweled chains, the cups of the bra are taxidermied hedgehogs, complete with furry tails and beady-eyed heads. Yes, it is bizarre, even shocking, but it is carefully designed and made to be worn.
That’s a big part of the fun of the show, which is on view until June 11. Dresses made of wood and fiberglass, an ensemble including boots, hats, gloves, and a sweeping train that turns the wearer into a lobster, a felted wool cape that erupts in long red spines—all are actual garments. One dress hangs like Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame created in laser-cut felt from the body of a model, another leather and horsehair creation turns the wearer into a centaur…….more @NShoreMag.com
seARTS Artists and wearable art lovers showed fabulous support at the various opening events last week…..
If the seARTS Wearable Art Group had one wish to be granted, it would be to have an all expense paid trip to New Zealand to see the World of Wearable Art Competition in person. It’s the “Olympics” of wearable art and the model that inspired our local group to launch Celebrate Wearable Art. Thanks to the visionary curators of the Peabody-Essex Museum, we did indeed get the next best opportunity, the “WOW” exhibit from the permanent collection right in our backyard, from now until June 11. And even more exciting, the chance to collaborate with the PEM and showcase some of our seARTS artists during the opening ceremonies (since we are in Olympic mode!). Among these, our Best of Show, Rick Crangle, Camilla MacFadyen, and Donna Caselden. We got to know some of the award winners in person through the events held Friday and Saturday. Our very own Lorene Ireland, who generously entered Celebrate Wearable Art in 2013 & 2015 showed several amazing shell and mosaic pieces on lovely models provided by WSM Talent from Newburyport. A shout out and thank you to Darlene and to Lorene who made the trip from Arizona to be with us!
We encourage anyone that already loves wearable art or is simply curious about the “buzz” to engage with this fun and imaginative exhibit. Beside the incredible uber life size designs made from every substance imaginable, don’t miss the outrageous display of brassieres in the far corner of the room. Be sure to watch the full video of the competition in New Zealand – celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. Roadtrip?
Rick Crangle hand-carved more than 500 pieces of cherry wood to create “feathers,” which envelop his award-winning masterpiece called Raven’s Gown.
“I’m a fan of doing something for the challenge of it,” Crangle said.
He is among a small group of Gloucester artists invited to participate in the PEM/PM after hours party at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem on Feb. 16, as the museum prepares to launch “WOW World of WearableArt,” an international exhibit of “extreme wearable artworks” from New Zealand’s renowned annual design competition. Peabody Essex Museum is the exclusive East Coast venue for this traveling show.
The party will feature signature cocktails, fashion displays, DIY challenges and a sneak peek of the exhibit before it opens to the public.
In this “off year” for our grand event (the Wearable Art Runway Show) – our goal was to expand our thinking about wearable art as an art form and share this learning with the community. It was also an opportunity to step back and celebrate all who have been involved for the last ten years, so all involved from day one could fully appreciate being part of something quite special on Cape Ann and beyond. Already, we have shown that through collaboration, the Wearable Art movement can grow and our seARTS group can carve its own niche to bring attention to the wide array of wearable work being created in our back yard. We can bring people here to enjoy it and buy it. And equally exciting is, that through outreach and partnerships we are, in fact, joining the greater universe of wearable art which is evolving worldwide. In the words of one artist:
“It was wonderful to see what the Wearable Arts organization was all about! Ten years ago, I enjoyed a lunch with some wonderful artist and gallery owners in Gloucester. It was then that I heard about the Wearable Arts idea. After that inspirational lunch, I drove back to Swampscott and went back to my jewelry business life, parenting etc . . . Last year I reconnected with Jackie and the Wearable Arts group and learned how far the idea and organization had come . . . and I was thrilled to be part of last week’s tenth year celebration. It was an evening of fun, education and pure inspiration!!! Thank you for creating an environment where artists can come together to socialize and inspire one another! I am looking forward to the big event next year; the creative juices are already flowing for it!!!!”