Sunday, January 31, 2010

fabric arrival & sewing machine's new lease on life

Only talking about M I L K for the past month, I should also point out that the month of January has been busy with sewing projects.  January started with Louder Than Words Dance Theater's production, SHIFT, for which I did costume consultation and design.  It was a screenprinting, cutting and sewing whirlwind that whirled right onto the dancers as they performed excellently for the first 2 weekends of January.  How fortunate I am to work with a brilliant choreographer, lighting and sound designers and dancers in this company.  Pictures are yet to come, but I will be certain to include them here when available.  As for now, work is underway with the winter dress for Kristan.  You can see the beginnings of mock-up work there on the dress form.  Kristan will have a dark gray wool outer and a golden yellow lining; that fabric just arrived yesterday afternoon!   After a tune-up at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vaccuum, the little Kenmore is finally in smooth working order!  It's about half the size of my other Kenmore and has those great shiny knobs!  Now that the machine with stretch stitch is in service, I'll be able to make headway on the latin ballroom dancing costume that's been a work in progress for a few months.  With a few commissions going on and sewing lessons still a regular part of the week, sewing is a busy aspect of hol sum's current happenings.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

m i l k : documentation

M I L K and the space between.  Photo by Charlie Smith.

documentation for M I L K can be found via Flickr.  See below or follow this link to hol sum's flickr page.  Art by Hol Sum.

M I L K's opening night.  photo by Charlie Smith.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

m i l k : an installation by hol sum

There's M I L K on the wall.  This is hol sum's latest site specific installation, newly installed last night.  Entitled  M I L K because the main media is repurposed milk jugs, the resulting texture and luminance reference the original containers' purpose and the location's daily production.  Each square foot of these 4' x 8' panels represents an average day's worth of milk consumption at Hooked on Colfax Cafe on Denver's near East side (3213 E. Colfax Ave.).  On a grand scale, M I L K glorifies milk as it has re-identified as one of America's favorite beverages - heated and aerated in our lattes of course.

Apart from the site and media's inherent messages, this work correlates with my body of work dealing with repetitive/meditative processes, repetitive elements, and minimal aesthetics.