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I am thrilled to be a part of six new events in Northern New Mexico this year. Usually Recycle Runway takes me out of the state, so it is a pleasure to be spending so much time in my beautiful community. Here are the highlights:
1. Exhibition in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe
I am excited to have my work on exhibit in the New Mexico Museum of Art through September 7, 2012. It is part of the Museum’s Alcove Shows that can be traced back to the 1917 founding of the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. The museum is continuing this tradition with a cycle of nine exhibitions that will include forty-five artists from across the state. Five artists are being exhibited for five weeks at a time. It is an honor to be part of this historic tradition and exhibit alongside some of New Mexico’s most inspiring contemporary artists!
2. Honor from the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
In the beginning of August I was privileged to be honored by the NMC NMWA at their Women and Creativity luncheon. The audience was full of museum directors and curators, gallery owners, artists and people that support the arts in various ways. I gave a 10 minute talk about my work and showed a couple of my recycled garments. I was really touched to be honored by such an influential group of women (and men) that support the arts!
3. The Next Big Idea Festival in Los Alamos
I have been helping the County of Los Alamos organize their first Trash Fashion Contest on September 15th. It is part of the Next Big Idea Festival, an event designed to inspire, illuminate and educate through science, technology and the arts. In preparation for the contest I will be giving two trash fashion workshops for both beginning and advanced students/artists during the weekend of August 25th. If you live in the region, please join us, it will be a lot of fun! Contact Tom Nagawiecki with Los Alamos County at 505-662-8383 to register.
4. Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire
On September 23rd I’ll be giving workshops all day on transforming T-shirts into new styles and accessories at the first ever ABQ Mini Maker Faire.
If you are not familiar with Maker Faires, they are the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. Also this event will be part of another VERY COOL event called the the International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness which explores art, technology and nature.
These are new audiences for me and I am really excited to be part of this local and international community exploring the connections between art and science!
5. TEDxAcequiaMadre in Santa Fe
On November 3rd I will be giving my second (!) TED talk at Santa Fe’s first TEDx event: TEDxAcequiaMadre. My talk is called: “Undressing the crime scene—addressing how to slow climate change”. In this talk I will describe how a dress can be an agent of change and will undress Crime Scene—my most provocative garment to-date, to reveal the personal and planetary violence it embodies. I will also issue a call to action, reflecting current thinking on addressing global warming. There will only be 100 seats available for this event so if you are in the area, buy your tickets soon.
6. New Recycle Runway Garment promoting Energy Efficiency
This summer I was awarded a fellowship from Toyota and the Audubon Society called TogetherGreen. Over the next year I will create and institute an energy efficiency curriculum for 6th grade students in Santa Fe. The project will culminate in a new Recycle Runway garment that documents the amount of CO2 avoided by the students during their assignment. I will share more details on this exciting project as it progresses.