Get your stitch on!
This Sunday (and the first Sunday of each month) is Stitch Therapy from 5-7 PM. It's a free online get together where we sew, craft, and set up projects in good company. And you are welcome to join us.
Contact me for the Zoom link!
For serious sewers, the next online class is Intermediate Techniques: 4 Saturdays in May from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. In this class, we cover zippers, bindings, seam techniques, and of course pockets. (Pockets are important.)
Click on the photo to get to the sign up link and to find more upcoming classes.
In July and August we shall be draping.
We accept 2-D and sculptural work, music files, and performances on digital media. Submit online at www.opulentmobility.com. Opulent Mobility is curated by A. Laura Brody and Anthony Tusler. The call for art begins April 11, 2021 and the deadline for submissions is July 31. There is no fee to share your work.
Artists will be informed if their works are accepted by August 15, the exhibit will open October 1, 2021, and the show will run through October 31. Opulent Mobility 2021 will held at Long Hall, Plummer Park in the City of West Hollywood, CA as part of the city’s celebration of Disability Awareness Month. The exhibit will also be online at opulentmobility.com.
Many thanks to the City of West Hollywood for their partnership!
1. Characterized by extravagant, ostentatious magnificence: lavish, lush, luxurious, palatial, plush, rich, sumptuous
2. Given to or marked by unrestrained abundance: Extravagant, exuberant, luxuriant, prodigal, profuse, riotous, superabundant
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Hey and good greetings!
Below are my upcoming online classes. This Saturday we'll begin with Alter Your Clothes Like A Pro and move on from there. Two classes are all new: Draping 101 (Saturdays in July) and Fabric Creations from 2D to 3D (Saturdays in August). Sign up and pay by clicking the links and you will get the Zoom link a couple of days before the first class starts. 4 sessions for $149.
For a free session, join us this Sunday from 5-7 PM at Stitch Therapy! This isn't a class- it's a Zoom get together where we work on our individual craft and sewing projects and catch up with each other. It's good fun and good company. Sign up on the Facebook page or send a note from the contact page.
I am looking forward to creating with you.
Alter Your Clothes Like A Pro
4/3/21- 4/24/21 from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Bring in the items you've been meaning to alter and we'll get them conquered! Typically, students finish between three to six alterations in a 4-session class.
Intermediate Sewing Techniques
5/1/21- 5/22/21 from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Learn some tips to level up your sewing skills! We'll cover zippers, seam finishes, bindings, piping, and pockets.
Intro to Sewing
6/5/21- 6/26/21 from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Learn to use your sewing machine, make a reversible tote bag, and make a pair of PJ pants.
7/10/21-7/31/21 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Draping is the art of creating clothing using a form and fabric instead of a paper pattern. If you've seen Project Runway, you have seen draping in action. In this class we'll go over the basic principles of draping, and then make a piece of clothing designed by you!
Fabric creations from 2D to 3D
8/7/21-8/28/21 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
A step beyond Draping 101 for adventurous designers and sewists. Come in with sketches and photographs of clothing designs you want to create, and together we can help make them a reality.
Exciting news! The City of West Hollywood's Art on the Outside committee approved Opulent Mobilit7 2021 as one of their projects! The exhibit will be held in October 2021 during Disability Awareness month. More details to come as they develop.
The image is from a current Art On the Outside project by Scott Froschauer. If you're cruising down Santa Monica Blvd. at Holloway Drive between now and June of 2022, you can see his RELAX UR OK and ONE LOVE street signs in person.
Bit by bit the Opulent Mobility 2020 artist talk segments are going up on YouTube. Since I'm in the process of a big move, things are going slowly, but there are only so many hours in a day!
Click on the YouTube link to hear Ellice Patterson of Abilities Dance Boston talking about adaptive dance, ableism in the dance community, inclusive description, and collaboration. While you're there, you can check out the six segments of the artist talk that are up and running.
And hey. Take care of yourselves out there.
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
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.