Portland's summer of fashion rages on in part thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Craft's Fashioning Cascadia (up through Oct 11), and while Portland's own Cassie Ridgway's residency at the exhibit's "Safehouse" runs through this Saturday, I'm also looking ahead to the next visitor, Adrienne Antonson.
Antonson went from Charleston to Washington's Vashon Island (where she worked and lived at an alpaca farm) to Seattle to New York City, where she pursued work as a sculpture artist who mostly worked with human hair, and developed the State line of clothing, through which she coined the term "farm-to-hanger," which is used to describe a number of clothing lines now, including Oregon's own Imperial Collection.
For her time in Portland she'll be working on Fully Clothed, a project that "makes use of entirely salvaged garments and textiles to create an entire wardrobe" and presenting a (free) lecture at the museum on Thurs, July 31 at 6:30 pm. In the meantime I've been filling up on the eye candy of her past work, from her curious, delicate sculpture work to her clothing design, which runs the gamut from cute printed "britches" and other intimates to the types of big-pocketed smocks that seem to be on many designers' minds right now.
- Adrienne Antonson
- Made from human hair—I'm impressed.