Marita Dingus: Holiday Gift and Doll Making Workshop
12:30 - 3pm
join the artist for a festive, all-ages workshop centered on a doll-making
project. The dolls make a perfect gift to exchange over the
holidays. Hurry! Space is limited to 25p.
Tuition: $25 per person or $20 for NAAM Members. $15 for youth under 18yrs.
Details for participants:
Please bring the costume or accessory you would like to adorn and the materials to do so. We will have a small amount of materials available for use. There will be one sewing machine provided to share and participants are welcome to bring their own sewing machine to use.
Suggested materials to bring:
Sewing needles and thread, Fabric scraps Feathers Sequins Yarn Measuring tape, Old costumes to repurpose
Marita Dingus: Fashion Free-For-All August 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014
PACCAR GalleryOrganized by the Northwest African American Museum
Guest Curator: Vicki Halper
Photograph Courtesy of Nancy LeVine
Marita Dingus: Fashion Free-for-All exhibits complete outfits and accessories made by the artist as part of her personal wardrobe between 2002 and 2008.
Increating her clothing, Dingus uses the same techniques and aesthetic asin her figurative sculpture-recycled and reconfigured materials, mixed
media, and raw exuberance. "There's no difference between my art and my
clothing," she says. "Of course I want to cut up and modify both."
Dingusmade the garments to celebrate her return to the Northwest after four
years of living in the deep South, a culture that she found alien and
sometimes frightening. (In 1998, James Byrd, Jr. was tied to a truck anddragged to his death in Texas, where she was then living.) Like many inthe art world, she once dressed in black. In the South, she wore khaki
and white, "trying to look invisible." Back in the Seattle area, she
expressed her relief by dressing herself in colorful, improvised, and