What should I make to participate in artist Stephanie Syjuco's community textile art project?
The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH) is hosting an exhibition featuring textile/new media artist Stephanie Syjuco
. Basically, Syjuco had a Bejing factory manufacture 5,000 meters of laminated plastic fabric that bears a pattern from the CMA 19th century Musselman wool textile "Coverlet." If you check out her link, this is what she does--migrates canonical patterns onto reproducible contemporary materials.
This "pattern migration" project involves the community in that she gave away, to a bunch of different museum goers, 5 yards (each) of the laminated plastic "Coverlet" fabric. Those of us who got the yardage are charged with making something out of it and posting our projects to a flickr stream.
I am a intermediate to advanced (depending on project) sewing person (and have a machine). This is an example of the fabric and what someone else did with it (shopping bags)
. I am a huge, huge fan of textile art from way back, and so participating meaningfully appeals, but I am uninspired by the idea of making projects that are typical for an oil-cloth like fabric (bags and more bags, outdoor cushions, etc.). I did flirt briefly with making panniers for my bike.
So I am openly soliciting any and all ideas for my five yards (45" wide) of laminated plastic fabric printed with a 19th century Musselman design. It has a similar flexibility and drape as oil-cloth. I am open both functional and non functional ideas--and to be clear, the yardage went out to museum-goers randomly and was meant to be used in any and all ways by those of us that got it, as long as we shared what we did.