| SSWTR & Friends | Softer, Softest: Part III by Monika Uchiyama

Studio’s friend Monika Uchiyama is showcasing her video installation Softer, Softest: Part III at the AC Institute. The opening reception was on last Friday and the show will last a week at the 4th floor of the 16 E 48th Street.

Here is Monika’s message.

Dear friends, 

I am excited to be presenting new video work at AC Institute as part of a series of exhibitions titled Softer, Softest: Parts I, II, & IIIPlease join me at the opening reception of Part III this Friday, October 12th, 6-8 pm.

For this series of shows, Peter Fankhauser, Julian Chams, and Monika Uchiyama consider the evolving nature of intimacy and exchange. They have taken turns transforming the gallery into solo-project spaces. By entering into an exchange that strategically codifies what is too personal, too soft, or too queer, they reposition the notion of vulnerability in closer proximity to control.

Hope you can come by!

– Monika

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Again, AC Institute is located at 16 E 48th Street, 4th Fl.

| SSWTR & Friends | THE DYE BATH is OPEN(ing)

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The Dye Bath is an experimental natural dye workshop. Please bring a selection of garments and textiles to stain. Worn, blemished, and/or used materials are especially encouraged. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us! Visit the website for more information.

Sunday

October 7

3:00 – 5:00

Garage School at Open House

4419 State Line Road

Kansas City, MO

| ITEM | The Hoodie

“While jogging through the predawn landscape, he protected himself from the winter cold with sweatpants, a knit cap and a well-worn gray hooded sweatshirt. And as Rocky pulled himself out of anonymity, he brought with him what would become a mainstay of American fashion: the hoodie.”

The New York Times journalist Denis Wilson looks into the classic piece American clothing, the hoodie from a filmic angle in his article, A Look Under the Hoodie published more than a decade ago. Reviewing the 1978 film Rocky, in which Rocky Balboa, played by the young Stallone, runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his heather grey hoodie, Wilson celebrates this timeless item with its most iconic cinematic presence in the history of American film. Fashion and the visual culture is always enmeshed together, one informing the other.

It is still refreshingly relevant to revisit this article today. You can shop our design at the Garmentory as well.

| NOW | ‘Articles of Interest’ by Avery Trufelman

Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 14.17.36Last week, the San Fransisco-based design-engaged podcast 99 percent Invisible released their new series focusing on clothings. Titled Article of Interest, the new program reexamines garment design and its socio-cultural ramification. Revealing unknown stories and anecdotal facts in the history of fashion, Trufelman, the design journalist and writer, reconstructs shockingly unexpected connection between what we wear and how the society functions. Who would know about the advent of punch card and child labor in clothing industry are actually related before listening to their first episode Kid’s Clothes.?

 

 

| NOW | Victor Papanek The Politics of Design

With the exhibition »Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design«, running from 29 September 2018 to 10 March 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first large retrospective focussing on the designer, author, and activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). Papanek was one of the twentieth century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design beginning in the 1960s. His key work, »Design for the Real World« (1971), remains the most widely read book about design ever published. In it, Papanek makes a plea for inclusion, social justice, and sustainability – themes of greater relevance for today’s design than ever before. The exhibition includes high-value exhibits such as drawings, objects, films, manuscripts, and prints, some of which have never before been presented. These are complimented by works of Papanek’s contemporaries from the 1960s to 1980s, including George Nelson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, or the radical design initiative ‘Global Tools’. Contemporary works from the areas of critical and social design provide insight into Papanek’s lasting impact.

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| HERO | Taslima Akhter

Taslima Akhter is a Bangladeshi photographer and garment worker activist. Through her documentary yet sympathetic lens, severe conditions in which clothing workers in Bangladeshi struggled are exposed and structural oppression of the fashion industry under close examination. With activist Kalpona Akter, who is listed BoF500 this year, Akhter is another crucial female who helps promote social awareness in the profit driven industry.

Stitching Together: Garment Workers in Solidarity is a show featuring her photographic works alongside quilts that are made out of material donated by the victims’ relatives.

The exhibition is on view in Photoville at Dumbo through September 23. Click to see more info about the exhibition.

| Sunday Reading | Press & Fold Magazine

Press & Fold is an emerging fashion magazine that delivers “notes on making and doing fashion” from Netherland. It released its debut issue titled “The Street” in February 2018.

Co-founded by the Dutch fashion designer slash researcher Hanka van der Voet, “the bi-annual publication provides a platform for critical fashion practitioners who do not obey the rules the fashion system is currently dictating.” As it claims on its website, the Rotterdam-based editorial practice celebrates singular fashion discourse that operates beyond the notion of “fashion as commodity”.

Check out it out!