In this segment of the Opulent Mobility 2020 artist talk, my co-curator and disability arts advisor Anthony Tusler talks about his involvement with the exhibit, how he and I work together, ableism, inspiration porn, and the power of art to make a difference.
He is a delight to work with.
Check out his work at AboutDisability.com. It includes his photographs of the historic 504 sit-in, the protests that helped bring the Americans with Disabilities Act to life.
Bit by bit the Opulent Mobility 2020 artist talk segments are coming together!
The first three are up already, a fourth is coming tomorrow, and more are on the way.
Please enjoy the first segment, including an introduction by me to Opulent Mobility and an interview with artist Molshree Jain.
I'll be editing segments in between packing up and moving to a new space, so it may take a while to get them all together and get ASL interpretation of each part. Thanks so much for your patience!
Please. Let's keep safe and healthy out there. Los Angeles hospitals are already rationing care, and there are surge tents outside of the emergency rooms.
Wear your mask over both your nose and your mouth.
I recently found out I recorded the Opulent Mobility 2020 artist talk using the wrong settings, so there is a lot of editing to do and it may take a while.
Here's to technology learning curves.
At any rate, thank you to everyone who joined us for the talk! It was great. For those who wanted a recording, thank you in advance for your patience.
Opulent Mobility is an annual group exhibit that re-imagines disability as opulent and powerful. Join the artists of Opulent Mobility 2020 as they discuss their art, disability, and their involvement with the exhibit!
Contact me for the Zoom link. This meeting will be closed captioned for better accessibility. It will also be recorded, so get in touch if you can't make it in person.
December 13th at 10 AM PST, 1 PM EST, 6 PM GMT, and 11:30 PM IST.
This year's artists are:
A. Laura Brody, Yaron Dotan, Corina Duyn, Jennifer Fearon, Sandy Huse, David Isakson, Molshree Jain, Wendy Lewis, Vincent Mattina, Rebecca Niederlander, Ellice Patterson of Abilities Dance Boston, Penny Richards, Katherine Sherwood, Abigail Stockinger, Misty Stokes, Dianna Temple, and Emily Tironi.
The exhibit will be online December 5th at www.opulentmobility.com.
A little video I made on changing size (and coming to terms with it).
Please note: I'm not looking for diet and exercise tips! Thanks so much. This is about learning to love my body the way it is. And I hope you love yours too.
If you'd like to know more about any of the health issues I mentioned, here are some quick links:
Adrenal fatigue and chronic stress
Perimenopause and menopause
I did a Stitch Therapy Zoom meetup on Sunday, which was awesome. I've been feeling the need to stab things multiple times, and I figure it's safest to do that on fabric and much more fun to do it in good company. It was a hoot, and we'll be doing it again on the first Sunday of each month until we can meet safely in person.
Hey, maybe even after that.
If you'd like to join in, send me a note and I'll send you the link.
In other news:
Alter your Clothes Like a Pro starts online this Saturday. If you've been meaning to get your clothes better fitted, this is an excellent opportunity! Click on the link to sign up.
This year's Opulent Mobility exhibit is shaping up beautifully. In the meantime, check out some of the artists. Penny Richards has been part of Opulent Mobility since 2015. She makes wonderful wheelchair costumes for her son Jake.
How We Are is a wonderful project by Nicole Walker and Matthew Batt on how artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers are dealing with these pandemic times. They generously let me share some of my thoughts. Click on the link and spend some time checking out the other photos and essays!
Thanks to you all. Let's get out the vote and keep that hope alive.
The artists of this year's Opulent Mobility will be Abilities Dance Boston, A. Laura Brody, Yaron Dotan, Corina Duyn, Jennifer Fearon, Sandy Huse, David Isakson, Molshree Jain, Wendy Lewis, Vincent Mattina, Rebecca Niederlander, Penny Richards, Katherine Sherwood, Abigail Stockinger, Misty Stokes, Dianna Temple, and Emily Tironi.
Many thanks to everyone who shared their art! As usual, it was lovely working with Anthony Tusler to choose the artworks for this year's exhibit. Thanks also to the NuMotion Foundation, who are helping sponsor the audio description and voice over for this year's exhibit.
The full exhibit will be online in December. If you'd like to learn more about the artists, I"ll be sharing their websites and information over the next two months on the Opulent Mobility Facebook page and through Instagram.
This powerful image is from Dianna Temple's Wheelchair Tornado series.
Many thanks to Shout Out LA for their article on me, my art and teaching, and Opulent Mobility! It was such a delightful surprise to have it come up during a week while nearly everything has been on fire. Right now our evacuation order was lifted, but it's been close and so many are still endangered.
Good wishes and good fortune to the many folks being affected by the fires and all the extreme weather of late. My friend Farrah (AKA Mz. Creation) is offering a sale of her fun, fuzzy scoodies and mitts with 75% of all proceeds going to the Phoenix Talent Fire Relief Fund through October 15th. You can also go direct to the fund here. If you have other good links for relief funds, please share them.
On an up note, congratulations to all the artists who shared their work for Opulent Mobility 2020! As usual, it was a delight choosing the works with Anthony Tusler. Once I hear back from all the artists to verify their involvement I will share the list with you all.
Here's hoping you're keeping safe and healthy in these very weird times. Let's get out the vote.
It's been quite the time for the past few weeks, and right now much of the West Coast is on fire. It's a tough time for so many and we're not even close to out of the woods yet.
There are fortunately some things that help me keep hope alive.
Maybe they will help you too.
The Opulent Mobility 2020 deadline is past, and I am so thrilled with the amount and quality of the submissions! I'm going over them all with my co-curator Anthony Tusler, and can't wait to choose the artwork and get this show started. I'll share the artist list with you all in October.
Making dance dresses and masks from Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric for Abilities Dance Boston was such fun. They're doing a collaboration with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and I got to combine my love of costumes with a love for children's picture book art. Want to make your very own Very Hungry Caterpillar stuff? The museum gift shop has you covered. This fabric is freaking adorable.
Teaching sewing, pattern making, and alterations has been a delight. There's a real sense of community about coming together to make things, and I love it. I hope you'll consider joining us!
The Glendale Community College online courses are Knock it Off Pattern Making in October and Alter Your Clothes Like A Pro in November-December.
If you prefer a one-on-one session, sign up through Hire Artists for a Zoom or Skype meeting and we'll make some magic happen. Make Do and Mend or Alter Your Clothes.
The YouTube sewing tutorials have been more fun than I expected to make. So far, I've put up videos for sewing on buttons, threading a needle, operating the foot pedal on a sewing machine, finding substitutes for pattern paper and seam rippers, and making a clear window mask. If you have videos you want to see, please get in touch! I'd love your suggestions.
It's so easy nowadays to feel hopeless, and one of the best ways to I've found to keep hope alive is to take action. Vote Forward is a super simple way to help get out the vote, and I've been participating for the past 2 years. You can also sign up as a poll worker!
There are so many ways to make an impact- find one that works best for you. And if what you really need is rest, do it. Hey. Thank you all for joining me in these difficult times.
Let's help give each other hope.
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.