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LOS ANGELES\, CA — The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents Social Fab ric\, an exhibition of seven contemporary artists who confront the problems of mass production and consum ption through fiber-based art that incorporates social engagement and public interaction. The exhibition will be on view from January 27 through May 5\, 2013 and has been curated by Anuradha Vikram\, Curator of Worth Ryd er Gallery at the University of California Berkeley\, Department of Art Practice.

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Fabric is a rich material for contemporary American artists who are engaged with social critique and public engagement. Textiles commun icate a range of ideas that reflect personal tastes and cultural identifica tions\; yet\, they also carry impli cations about larger concerns related to labor\, global commerce\, and sust ainability. The emerging and mid-career American artists represented in Social Fabric use their fabric-based a rt as a conduit to question global economic and labor systems.

The artists featured in this exhibition apply social practice forms of art to create opportunities  for interaction between artists and audience members through performances\, works hops\, and collaborations. The resulting collaborations with art viewers and non-artists expand notions of sin gle authorship for artworks. The Counterfeit Crochet Project by St ephanie Syjuco enlists the work of participants around the world to make crocheted imitations of designer hand bags  and accessories. She refers t o this system of outsourced labor as “improper ways of interfacing with cap italism\,” in that the work made by the individual makers belongs to them\, and Syjuco does not profit from it .

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Artists such as Allison Smith\, Bean Gilsdorf\, and the Combat Paper Project utilize refashioned military textiles to articulate collective memory around war and histories of nati onalism. Combat Paper helps veterans turn their military uniforms into paper\, mining the therapeutic potentia l of art. Smith’s practice of recreating wartime gas masks extends to  work shops that simultaneously teach sew ing skills and engage veterans and civilians in understanding the  war expe rience.

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Performance artist Frau Fiber’s mending workshops encourage peop le to learn sewing skills in order to increase their sense of competence and reduce their dependence on shopping. Her installations of “upcycled” and re-gendered used clothing high light several collaborative projects she is involved with both in the United States and Haiti. Frau Fiber’s ex hibitionrelated
workshops will coincide with historical dates in feminist and labor history to invoke the connections between labor history and economic disparity in the texti le industry worldwide\, which is largely female.

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Each of the artists in Social Fabric considers the act of making as an assertion of self -sufficiency against the worker’s d isenfranchisement within industrialized society. That agency extends beyond the artist’s studio and empowers all those who encounter the art to be active participants rather than passiv e observers. To that end\, even traditionally installed works of art by artists Donna Huanca and Rachel Bernst ein will respond to the cultural and social contexts at play in museum architectures\, extending from the gall ery to the windows and facade of the museum itself.

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An opening reception for Social Fabric will take place on Saturday\, January 26 from 6 :00 to 9:00 p.m. The reception is o pen to both members and the public.

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Public programs:
CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition. Other events will include CraftLab family workshops\, held on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Saturda y | March 2
Artist ta lk with Stephanie Syjuco
3:00 p.m.

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Sunday | Marc h 3
Counterfeit Croch et Workshops with Stephanie Syjuco
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Beginner workshop
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Advanced workshop (participants mus t have crocheting experience)

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Monday | March 25
How to Sew a Shirtwaist Blouse with Frau Fiber (commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire)
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday | May 1
Collaborative Mending with Frau Fiber’s Bicycle-Powered Sewing Factory (commemorating May Day)< br />11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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