Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Slick" and "Aim High" accepted in Artfully Reclaimed Show

Come and see fine art created from recycled and repurposed materials
this summer. Both wearable arts, "Slick" and "Aim High", made by
traditional sewing and state-of-the art heat fusion techniques, were
chosen for the Artfully Reclaimed V Summer National Juried Exhibition
at MOCA by Juror, Jack Fischer, of the Jack Fischer Gallery, San
Francisco, CA. Works will be on view from May 28 - July 10. The
Reception will be May 28, 5-7pm. Www.marinmoca.org


Monday, April 25, 2011

Hot Off The Press on view at COM

I love how plastic holds it's shape! Imagine a model embodying this
abstract work of art.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Haute Trash

Haute Trash

The Resurrection of Trash

Today, I am celebrating my second milestone since the inception of my Project, "A Sea Odyssey:2012" on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. My goal was two-fold. First, to heal myself of depression brought on by reading in the SF Chronicle that our ice caps would be gone in 6 months. Second, to be part of the solution and raise awareness about the unsurmountable problem of plastic and the Great Pacific Gyre Patch. I reached my fist goal. Now, I am working for the second one.

When I started crocheting a sea dragon out of audiocassette tape 2 years ago, I could only imagine my success. Now, I am a well-seasoned textile artist and show my work in galleries. I transform plastic by sewing and heat-fusion into stunning haute couture. I grasped the attention of Paul Smith, the Director of Contemporary Opera of Marin, and am working on the creation of costumes and a giant Trash-A-Pus for an opera about trash and its impact on us.

As a performance artist and musician, I feel myself being beckoned like a moth to the flame. When I am strutting my stuff in my wearable arts, I ponder many questions, with the foremost one being, "What is my intention?". Some might say that I am burning my candle at both ends. They are concerned about whether wearing plastic next to my skin is dangerous. I don't know. Maybe. Probably. I am not complacent about the real dangers of working with plastic. I wear a respirator that protects me from noxious fumes when I fuse the plastic. Yet, I hold the possibility that all good causes come with a price to pay. Am I a martyr? Martin Luther King died for his Dream. My dream, to wear my garments as a spokes piece for raising awareness about the complex nature of plastic and for an audience to witness my costumes and sculptures made out of trash on an opera stage lives on...


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hot Off the Press

"Hot Off The Press", 2011, on view in "Last Call" Show at College of Marin, April to mid-May

The design of this wearable dress made from sewn and fused Blue NY Times plastic bags, changed from a formal evening gown into a skimpy cocktail dress, embellished with trim made from the printed matter. While running my Clover iron down the seams, the title "Hot Off the Press" flashed into my Mind's Eye! Given the relationship between the newspaper media and the heat fusion technique, I decided that it was time to write a new blog called "Hot Off the Press". Check out my wearable arts made out of recyclable bags at http://hotoffthepressfromelisecheval.blogspot.com. In addition, I am creating a new website called "pipinghotoffthepress" because "hotoffthepress" is not available and the word "piping" refers to sewing. Furthermore, a new CAFE called MAD has sparked my interest in creating a website that will run on many platforms. My current website, built on WIX editor, has a FLASH-y drive, and does not run on iPhone or iPad, thanks to Apple's war with Adobe. I have done well for the past 3 years photographing my work and editing with Photoshoppe, but the time has come to bring on board a professional.

Hot Off The Press, sewn and fused NY Times bags, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Target Free Reusable Bag Video


I worked until 11:30 last night on my Target dress, now called "Aim
High", and woke up early to work some more, but my wearable dress was
balking, so I decided not to wear it to pick up my free bag. My
husband came with me and made this video of me with my bag. I'll be
sending out more videos as my new body of artwork called Re:FUSE,
featuring clothing made out of plastic developes.

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