Dandy Lines

Nov 4th, 2017 - Jan 7th, 2018

Dandy Lines

Caitlin Thompson

November 4th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018

Opening Reception: November 3rd, 2017, 5-8 pm

 

Dandy Lines are cosmic country embroideries that reference Western fashion through the cyclical, transformative theories of craftwork and animation. The richly ornamented cloaks simultaneously project and imbed images of nature and the unnatural, their void interiors await a body for transformation. The embroidered drawings are my own adaptations of traditional country embroidery designs: flowers and butterflies, plants and animals, symbols and subjects. My nature designs cross-pollinate with eachother “unnaturally” (plants-become-people and symbols-become-alive). Each embroidery consists of many frames from an animation, a continuous loop of transforming and giving life. By combining the Romantic era dandy of nature and individualism with the New Romantic notion of the unnatural, I present Western fashion as a mythic space of continual transformation.

Exhibit Related Events/Programs:

Cailtin Thompson - Dandy Lines: Transforming Through Craft

November 26, 2017 from 2-4pm

Artist Caitlin Thompson will present her research behind her exhibition, Dandy Lines. From western fashion to animation theory, the inspiration behind these psychedelic cosmic country embroideries will be revealed. Free to attend. Donations are welcome.

MAG Sampler: Embroidermation with Caitlin Thompson

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cost: $20 for MAG Members with valid membership; $25.00 for non-members; non-refundable

Age: Adult 18+

In this workshop, artist Caitlin Thompson will introduce participants to the feedback cycles of embroidery and animation. Both processes rely on sequential bits of information (stitches and pixels) in order for the final piece to hold together. Embroidermation, a term coined by animator Nina Paley, combines both animation and embroidery. Each participant will be given a fabric printed image of a classic animation sequence – a bird in flight. The prints will then be embellished with stitches learned in the workshop. At the end of the class, all of these embroideries will be photographed together to create a short, looping animation!

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