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!!!!”
Fashion Arts @the MFA: #Techstyle show is powerful! A review by Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Chair seARTS Cape Ann, Celebrate Wearable Art
The MFA has curated a mind-expanding, exhibit, #Techstyle that presents Boston’s fashion sensibilities in a new way, separate and distinct from neighboring fashion centers. #Techstyle is smart, futuristic, fun, and fully capitalizes on the local economic pillars – technology, textile industry inheritance, academia, and the brightest engineering and innovative minds in the world. And out of all this, beauty and elegance emerge in new ways. Attendees at opening night also embraced #Techstyle their own way by wearing digital printed clothing and accessories, LED lit jewelry and tattoos, and the unforgettably elegant “bionic model,” dancer, designer, Viktoria Modesta whose unique fashion statement modeling her prosthesis was breathtaking! (more…)
It’s truly takes an amazing team effort to pull off a runway show! When we began in 2011, we didn’t even have a stylist. In fact, our behind the scenes photographer, Terry Weber, instantly became the head of back stage operations without even knowing what she signed up for. So for 2015, we asked her to be a fly on the wall and show us what was happening below the stage. In fact, things ran pretty smoothly…..but it’s still fun to peek! Thanks Terry for the great pics!