Sewing Mountains / Playing with Pioneers

December 12, 2013

I had been secretly wanting to collaborate with fellow Greenpoint artist, Amanda Browder, since we first met in 2010, during the making of her large outdoor installation, Future Phenomena.

Our work is quite the opposite. Amanda makes large, colorful fabric sculptures and installations, often working alongside others during community sewing days. I make miniature, off-white ceramic figurines, working alone as I take them on trips out west for photo/video shoots. But we both are responding, in some ways, to our western mountain roots (Utah and Montana). One day we both got excited with the notion that Amanda’s fabric rocks would transform into a mountainous landscape when paired with my pioneers. And so this collaborative project at A.I.R. Gallery was born. Here are a few pictures from the day (photos by David B. Smith). More info is down below. And enormous thanks to all who dropped by and joined in!

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Sewing Mountains / Playing with Pioneers

A public collaborative event with artists Rachel Farmer and Amanda Browder

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 3pm–6pm

A.I.R. Gallery and 2013–14 Fellowship Artist, Rachel Farmer, are pleased to announce a public sewing / play day, featuring a collaboration between artists Rachel Farmer and Amanda Browder.

Rachel Farmer, whose solo show, Ancestors, is currently on view at A.I.R. Gallery, re-­imagines her Mormon pioneer ancestry, creating ceramic figurines of pioneer women in action. At the heart of Farmer’s work is play—she travels out west with her sculptures to create various narratives, and documents them through photos and videos.

Amanda Browder uses a diverse palette of donated fabric to create sculptures and transform spaces. At the heart of Browder’s work is community collaboration—she hosts public sewing days where anyone can drop by and get involved in the action.

This event is a one-afternoon-only collaboration. Drop by anytime between 3pm–6pm to help cut, pin, sew and stuff Browder’s fabric rocks. Paired with Farmer’s miniature pioneers, these rocks will become a mountainous landscape with which to play. Farmer will have on hand a small variety of her figurines that people can arrange to create their own stories. All ages welcome and no sewing experience required!

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