Call to Commemorate!

March 15, 2012

February 2012 Memo to the Sewing Rebellion: Call to Commemorate!

Infiltrate contemporary garment manufacturing by commemorating the Triangle Shirt Fire of 1911.  101 years ago, the US garment industry was rocked by a factory fire which killed 146 workers.  This tragedy transformed the garment industry in the United States forever and it was the catalyst for establishing the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Fast forward 101 years, garment workers earn less today, then their counterparts in 1911, and fires continue to break out around the world in Bangladesh, China, and India.

Take the plight of the garment worker to the streets!

Stencil a contemporary “shirtwaist”, IE t-shirts, made in Bangladesh, China or India with one of the following questions:

In your factory, are the doors locked?

In your factory, are the windows barred?

In your factory, are the elevators locked?

In your factory, do you have access to fire escapes?

On Sunday March 25 for a 12 hours shift, wear the stenciled t-shirt, go shopping at the Gap, Forever 21 or H&M, and start a conversation with anyone who reacts to your shirt.  Use this opportunity to INFORM, EDUCATE and ACT!

Simultaneously for a 12-hour shift on March 25, Frau Fiber will continue her attempt to produce 146 commemorative shirtwaists blouses on the COLLABORATIVE BICYCLED POWERED SEWING MACHINE.  She will ask shoppers in the Fashion District to donate their power in commemoration of fallen garment workers.   Look for Frau at Maple and 13th in Downtown LA.

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Stitch In

November 19, 2011

Flower market Sewing Rebellion

October 10, 2011

In the heart of the flower market, Randy and Andrea hosted a Sewing Rebellion in their new studio.  Production mandate was the halloween hoody remake, and some interesting things happened.

 

 

a cover for the back of an organ.

 

felt fruit production

 

Hoody animals…..in development, starting with the ears.

Andrea demonstrates the different ways her ears could be used.

 

Lici made a cat burglar hat from a yoga pant leg.

 

 

and finally Carole and I collaborated on a workhorse hoody.

Downtown Location

September 29, 2011

You are invited to the new downtown location of the Sewing Rebellion.

Sunday October 9, 1-5 pm. 734 San Julian St, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

We recommend you use 7th, 8th or 9th street, avoid 6th street.

 

Frau Fiber will lead a Halloween costume workshop.  Bring your ideas, materials, and problems to solve.  Here is some inspiration:

 

 

Sewing Rebellion Meeting

June 17, 2011

Sunday June 26, 4-6:30 pm, Hands on 3rd, 8377 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA, 323.655.0515
http://www.handson3rd.com

 

Machines are at the ready, for mending, altering and pocketing!

 

POCKET PROJECT 1.0

 

 

Sewing Rebellion Invades LA Renegade Craft Fair

November 20, 2010

December 2010 Special Production Memo:  Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair

Hands on 3rd and the Sewing Rebellion need your help invading the Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair on December 11 and 12, 10 am- 5 pm. The bicycled powered sewing machine will be used to produce t-shirt shopping bags through out the day.  We need donations of old t-shirts in any condition and your time, if you are interested in helping participants produce bags, please contact Frau Fiber and let her know when you are available.

T-shirt donations can be delivered to Hands on 3rd www.hands-on3rd.com or when you come to the fair. http://www.renegadecraft.com/los-angeles

The Sewing Rebellion furthers the emancipation from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories!  Instigated by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist.  Frau Fiber and / or regional chapter organizers distribute their knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.

Bring garments to swap, mend, alter and remake and sewing problems, which need solutions, materials to share and if you have it a sewing machine.

MENDING 101

October 6, 2010

LOS ANGELES SEWING REBELLION PRESENTS – Mending 101
Hosted by MAKE:CRAFT, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS School of Art and Design
Saturday October 16, 1-4 pm.
9045 Lincoln Blvd.  LA CA 90045
RSVP 310 846 2579 or ptighe@otis.edu

Shirt Apron Production

August 1, 2010

Just in time for BBQ season, Hands on 3rd hosted, the production of the Shirt Apron Project!

Joshua Tree Music Festival Production Report

May 19, 2010

Thanks to the Production team, Lici, Andrea, Gail, Stephanie and Philip for all their hard work!  We had a blast sewing in the sun.

The production facility.

hats on sewing machines

Working

screen printed patch on found jacket

working on a t-shirt bag

The start of a t-shirt back pack

finished t-shirt bag

ruffle foot was used to create some sassy cap sleeves

a new hat gets a patch

production supplies

sexy knit skirt

pants converted to skirt

long skirt converted to fuller short skirt

mending of a camel back

knock off t-shirt dress

mended shorts and hats

the production of a wallet

mended hem on a shirt

new bag

hand sewn bag

production is in full swing

one man makes another man a cape

first time sewer makes a vest with the help of a new friend.

another first time sewer makes a bag.

wearing bows

girl friend makes shorts

Stephanie makes SR patch/medal

Martha makes a new dress

a splash of green

Martha made a utility belt

Mended shirt, and sewing rebellion screen print

embellished vest.

utility belt from jeans

blanket repair with new denim edging!

there is more coming, once I get photos’ from philip!

May Production: Made for Haiti and the Joshua Tree Music Festival

May 4, 2010

SHOP FOR FAIR AND SUSTAINABLE GARMENT PRODUCTION IN HAITI!

MADE FOR HAITI @ Hands on 3rd 8377 W. 3rd Street, LA 323.655.0515

April 2- May 7. Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6 pm

http://www.handson3rd.com

Frau Fiber, the Sewing Rebellion, students from the Fashion and Textile Program at California State University Los Angeles, and Los Angeles sewers of all levels donate their skills in support of building a fair and sustainable garment economy in Haiti!

The Sewing Rebellion will host a remake reuse station at the Joshua Tree Music Festival.  Come out, and sew outfit inspired by the stuff we have the music you are hearing!

The Sewing Rebellion has discounted tickets, and all proceeds benefit the LA Chapter of the Sewing Rebellion. If you are interested send the Frau and email, fraufiber@gmail.com

May 14-16  http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/