She Said It: Week Three
One of Those Easy Weeks

Paradigm Shifts

Last week at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, I was thrilled to find this year's exhibit* from Women's Journeys in Fiber --  Paradigm Shifts: Impressions of Change.

Each artist was to create a shift-style dress as a canvas to represent a paradigm shift in her life, science, politics, or religion.  The results were stunning!

This artist (who we got to meet and chat with at the show) created a "shift" to show the "shift" from 50s housewife (her mom) to today's woman (her daughter).  The front of the shift told the story of the 60s through the present . . .

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While the back of the dress told the story of the 50s housewife. . .

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A gardener told the story of her shifting garden -- from generic lawn to lush flower beds!

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And a life-long seamstress depicted her shift from dressmaking and tailoring (on the back) . . .

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to an exploration of quilting and experimental stitching techniques (on the front)!

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There were several weavers . . .

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a knitter . . . 

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and many fascinating looks at history, and several poignant political statements. . .

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This one contrasts images from fashion magazines with newspaper articles about the textile factory fire in Pakistan that killed more than 300 people.

One of my favorites . . . 

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was completely made of words!

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Her shift told the story of the power of love (in both English and Korean).

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So many shifts!

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So many stories!

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Such a powerful exhibit!

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For me -- surrounded as I was by flowers and gardening ideas, and inspired by color everywhere -- the shifts were the best part of the the day!

Click here if you'd like to see more of the shifts and read some of the artist statements.

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*Last year's exhibit featured shoes, and the year before, it was aprons.

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