May 10, 2013 |
It began as a series of ad hoc rescue missions: Andrea Mihalik would spot furniture languishing on curbs during her morning jogs around Haddonfield, and end up lugging the underappreciated specimens back to her garage. Mihalik, 48, didn't know it at the time, but the collection of living-room rejects rapidly crowding the family cars out of their parking spots would soon launch her into a new career. As she would put it, the chairs just hadn't spoken to her yet. Nearly a decade later, those salvaged finds are the basis for Mihalik's one-woman company, Wild Chairy, which turns family heirlooms and garage-sale gems into "art chairs" - one-of-a-kind pieces that merge old-school upholstery techniques with a high-fashion sensibility, while integrating materials not found in (or anywhere near)
April 5, 2013 |
Two schools spent Thursday morning in lockdown as a SWAT team descended on the city's Feltonville section Thursday, all in response to a fabricated story by four adolescent students who said they were victims of a gun incident, authorities said. The children, ages 10 through 13, students at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, falsely accused a woman of pointing a "long gun" at them as they were walking to school, according to police. Authorities took the report seriously, letting no one in or out of the middle school or Barton Elementary, a kindergarten through second grade school on the same campus.
March 23, 2013 |
Michael J. Dogum, 83, of Glenolden, who owned and operated a carpet-installation business, died Sunday, March 17, of a stroke at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. After selling fabric door-to-door in Philadelphia in the 1950s, he saved enough to start Dogum Rugs & Carpets in Glenolden in 1960. He was known as a businessman for whom no job was too small. He extended credit on a handshake to customers unable to pay on time. He dealt with many generations of the families who were customers, said his son John.
March 21, 2013
M ELISSA D'AGOSTINO, 32, of Germantown, uses hand-dyeing techniques to create her artsy women's-wear line. D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design also custom-made Philadelphia first lady Lisa Nutter's formal dress for President Obama's inaugural ball. Q: What's your background? A:I'm a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design. I was formerly a hand-block fabric printer at a textile-and-lighting studio. My textiles started as works of art and wall hangings, and the fabrics evolved into products I could sell.
March 20, 2013 |
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - The Jersey Shore town hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy is planning to put sand-filled fabric tubes on its beach to protect its storm-ravaged coastline. Mantoloking says it needs signed easements from all oceanfront homeowners by April 12. The tubes would form the basis of a new dune system. No price tag is yet available. It is a supplemental protective device that would go along with a widened, replenished beach in front of it, according to borough spokesman Chris Nelson.
February 10, 2013
Recognized as one of the world's preeminent fiber artists, Lenore Tawney (1907-2007) also had a magical touch with paper. Her collages, assemblages, and postcards are being displayed side by side with her fiber-art pieces at the University of the Art's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in one half of the two-venue exhibition "Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For. " It's a tandem effort with the Maryland Institute College of Art, which is showing Tawney's drawings, weavings,...
January 20, 2013
Previously best known for his entertaining YouTube skewerings of the art world, "Art Thoughtz With Hennessy Youngman," Jayson Musson, now having his first show with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, has since become an official member of that sector. He's been cutting up Coogi sweaters (the colorful patterned cotton knitwear sported by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show and more recently by various rappers) into strips of fabric that he assembles and stitches into patterns of his own. Pulled over stretchers, the finished tapestrylike works look as though they must be based on particular paintings, and their titles hint at such connections, but Musson's fabric manipulations are so subtle it's difficult to pinpoint specific forebears.
December 22, 2012 |
For years, Ivy Gilbert cringed at the pile of crumpled wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon in the middle of the living room after birthdays, Hanukkah, or other gift-giving occasions. All of it was destined for a landfill. "There was just this bag of trash," said the writer and mother of two, who lives in South Philadelphia near the former Graduate Hospital. "It bothered me profoundly. " In the United States, annual trash from gift wrap and shopping bags totals four million tons, according to RecycleWorks.
December 14, 2012 |
Choreography begins with the circle. Choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words for "circular dance" and "writing. " For his new work, Occupant, choreographer Jonah Bokaer is researching the etymology of the word and using it to graphically call our attention to its origins. For the piece, artist Daniel Arsham has created 25 exact replicas of cameras in a plaster/chalk substance that will fill the 40-by-80-foot space of the seventh floor of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
December 14, 2012 |
MULTIDISCIPLINARY artist Daniel Arsham, currently in residence at the Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum, and his frequent collaborator/choreographer Jonah Bokaer come together for a rare live performance here this weekend. "Study for Occupant" will feature stage materials created by Arsham and a dance performance choreographed and presented by Bokaer. A film of the performance will be on display with Arsham's current exhibition at the Fabric Workshop, "Reach Ruin," which continues through mid-March.