Monday, October 15, 2012

Vintage Clothing Vendor

Vintage Clothing Vendor.  Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin.   Stitched words: What shall I wear today?; 40s, 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s. Hand embroidery.  25" x 19", unframed; 31" x 25”.  Click on image to enlarge.

Each spring Columbia’ downtown holds an annual spring art gallery crawl called Artista Vista. During the 2009 event, I ran into Leslie, the owner of Hip-Wa-Zee, the local vintage clothing shop. The store is a funky place for costumes, used clothing of all sorts, and potential theater props. Within a few moments, Leslie and I were engaged in a conversation about art, my series, and this idea. This portrait was actually on my Internet "wish list". Fortunately, I carry standard model releases and my digital camera in my purse. We had a blast taking photos.... almost as much fun as I had selecting the vintage buttons to adorn the work.

I'm really pleased with the result. After stitching so many very serious works, it was great to stitch one with color and humor. Best of all, this piece is a physical example of a basic decision we each make every morning: What shall I wear today? Not all decisions are profound and this series is supposed to address all sorts of decisions. There's no better way to focus on this personal choice than this!

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