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 . . .
While the back of the dress told the story of the 50s housewife. . .
A gardener told the story of her shifting garden -- from generic lawn to lush flower beds!
And a life-long seamstress depicted her shift from dressmaking and tailoring (on the back) . . .
to an exploration of quilting and experimental stitching techniques (on the front)!
There were several weavers . . .
a knitter . . .
and many fascinating looks at history, and several poignant political statements. . .
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 . . .
was completely made of words!
Her shift told the story of the power of love (in both English and Korean).
So many shifts!
So many stories!
Such a powerful exhibit!
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.