Who actually made my clothes? Where did they come from? Join visual artist Laura Hale in creating artwork with selected items of your own clothing. We will consider the origin and journey of the items along with seeking to acknowledge the people who made them. Students will be introduced to textile art, freestyle embroidery, patchwork and hand stitching. While hand-working, they will be encouraged to consider the social, environmental, and health issues around fast fashion. All artwork will be inspired by the idea of the “X”. “X” as a symbol or mark to represent, acknowledge, and give a voice to our anonymous collaborators.
During the broadcast and the post activity workshop, teachers should prepare needles, threads, and fabric pieces for the students to work with. During the workshop students are encouraged to deconstruct their clothing items and compose, stitch and create a new textile artwork inspired by the symbol “X”.
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Laura Hale was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan. She studied visual art, technical theatre production, and industrial design at the University of Regina and Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Her artistic practice is multi-disciplinary incorporating a wide variety of materials and techniques in its development and creation, which includes temporary site-specific installation and permanent public art along with object making and gallery works. Laura considers herself a place-based and project-based artist communicating and sharing her ideas through installation art, site-specific art, and intervention art realized through specific projects, community collaborations, residencies and responding to requests for proposals. Her work is often temporary installation, or ephemeral, or created for a specific project or community collaboration. She does create certain objects or installations for inside the gallery but most often her work happens in the public realm, accessible to all. Laura frequently work with natural materials and/or textiles but the artistic medium really depends on the location and culture of place, the call or project, and who (if anyone) she is collaborating and working with. Exploration of place and location, researching, sourcing, material exploration, and collecting are important parts of her process. Through this process Laura creates installations and/or experiences that animate space and increase mindfulness of our surroundings, renewing how we see familiar things and places. Documentation is also a very important part of her work. She is excited by the unknown transformation that can occur in her work and collaborative process.
Laura is currently based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.