karen glass / no bias |
TUESDAY, JAN. 16TH 2024 | 10:30 AM PST
Ø GLASS was founded upon the principles of being mindful of the environment in which we live and accountable to humanity, whom we serve and care for. Glass had a lifelong career in the global fashion and apparel business.
Moving to Atlanta she began the process of exploring life-work as an attribute for a domestic social enterprise while living within a community of creatives and conscious practitioners. Since 2019 she has been in the reading/greater Philadelphia PA area.
OPHIR EL-BOHER | ARTIST TALK
TUESDAY, JAN. 30TH 2024 | 11:00 AM PST
Ophir visits Annin Barrett’s History of Dress II class from Costa Rica. Ophir El-Boher is an artist, designer, and arts educator focused on the ecological and cultural aspects of hyper-consumerism. Her work is dedicated to the healing of Earth from the wounds of capitalism. Using primarily reclaimed materials Ophir exemplifies crafts as means to eliminate waste and as consumption alternatives. Through exhibitions and public speaking, she helps grow awareness of the wicked problem of textile waste. Through participatory art and educational work, she is activating passive consumers to reclaim material culture.
Starting as an upcycling fashion designer, Ophir is currently expanding to other media, delivering Mother Earth’s message of healing to amplified audiences. She believes in humanity’s ability to reconnect and repair, championing collaboration to awaken human creativity and joy.
Ophir holds a B.Ed from Kibbutzim Seminar in Tel Aviv and an MFA from PNCA. Her work has been shown in fashion shows, galleries and museums around the US and abroad, as well as in national and international publications.
HOPE WANG | ARTIST TALK
TUESDAY, FEB. 6TH 2024| 6:00 PM PST
Hope Wang is an artist and creative entrepreneur based in Chicago, IL who will join Shelley Socolofsky’s Weaving: Pattern and Structure class for this artist’s talk. Hope is the founding director of LMRM “loom room,” a community weaving studio working to broaden accessibility to weaving equipment for artists in Chicago.
Through LMRM, she develops events and collaborations that emphasize weaving as a contemporary art practice. Wang was also a founding organizer of Chicago Textile Week 2019 and 2021, an exposition of programs connecting textile communities throughout the city. In the studio, her artwork explores memory, loss, and longing in the ever-shifting architectural landscape. Using both material illusion and abstraction, she weaves between the melancholy and humour of a world that is constantly disappearing around us, and a world that must be constantly reimagined.