2012 Matches

2012 Matches:
Elyse Leyenberger (Photography '12) : Andrei Jackamets (BFA Photography '83)

Ryan Berardi (Sculpture '14) : Anthony Visco (BFA Sculpture '70)
Kaylyn Gray (Multimedia '13) & Michael Knaub (Multimedia '13) : Michele Kishita (BFA Painting '97, MFA Painting '10)
Diane Meck (Dance '13) : Geoffrey Kershner (BFA Acting '00)
Kennedy Dickerson (Photography '14) & Michael G Malloy (Photography '12) : Nancy Eichenbaum (BFA Photography '87)
Megan Beck (Illustration '13) & Lydia Guadagnoli (Illustration '14) : Veronica Cianfrano (MFA Painting '11)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Just Some Lacy Times

As I was describing the past couple weeks of my Fellowship to a friend, she exclaimed “My goodness you’ll never want to have a lace wedding dress now!” And it’s true. In these last weeks everything that I have done involves lace, from shopping for it, to cutting it, and then the tedious task of sewing it back together.

We are using the lace for a fabric installation Veronica wants to display in the Edgar Allan Poe House. She is manipulating the lace to resemble a brick wall because she wants her work to simultaneously blend in with the house’s inherent characteristics while standing out enough to offer a sense of discovery and intrigue. The purpose of the installation is to represent the “basement” of Poe’s mind (it will also be placed in the basement), and to address the events in “The Black Cat.” In order to leave this historic place undisturbed the hand-sewn veil will be hung from a tension rod. The neatly ordered brick pattern will blend into a chaotic mess of amorphous shapes. This will represent the unraveling of reality that Poe often acknowledged in his writing.

Shopping for the lace was the fun part and we got lucky at Rodeo Kid on 4th St. When we told the woman that we were buying lace for our boss she immediately thought we were from Urban Outfitter.

Cutting the brick pattern was repetitive, but still easy enough while we listened to Kermit’s Rainbow Connection play in the background. As we cut the bricks we had to make sure to use a variety of hues, from aged eggshell to mildewy beige, so that there would be a differentiation between the “bricks.”

Sewing the lace is where it gets tricky. Lace tends to be more holes than it is fabric, and sewing a hole to another hole is not exactly a breeze. You are lucky if you get a piece that has a lot of floral patterning, although chances are that “brick” will be matched with a circle design.

We still haven’t finished the fabric installation, and there are two more bags worth of lace yet to be cut up and pieced back together, so I really cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the next couple of weeks. 

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