Messy Desk

by Merry-Beth Noble

Friday, December 08, 2006

December Projects

Converging Patterns Exhibition
at the Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Ave. 
Chicago, IL  60615
Phone: 773-324-5520

Opening Reception:
December 8, 2006
5 - 8 pm

View the debut of my new series of concept designs for fashion accessories, developed with the future in mind. Designed to function without batteries or electricity, these items will be a trendy answer to the rising temperatures of our world.

--Remember it's not Global Warming,
it's "Climate Change."
Read more about this group exhibition below.

[Images: detail views,
"Climate Change Paper Fan Series" 2006,
concept design,
inkjet prints on paper]

December 8-17, 2006
Converging Patterns examines some contemporary ideas of advance design in extreme weather conditions. Featuring two and three-dimensional works by local and national professional artists as well as graduate and undergraduate students from the SAIC, Converging Patterns addresses the question of our future fashions in light of dramatic social and environmental changes taking place now.

When our climate and environment change in the next few decades, what will you be wearing? Will fashion aid our survival and protect us from infectious diseases or natural disasters? The products we use are shaped by the changes in our world. Our fashion patterns will have to be altered to converge style with utility in the years to come. If sustaining life will be the main goal of 21st century fashion, how will designers incorporate science and technology to improve style?

This exhibition presents a collaborative effort between artists and the School of the Art Institute’s Defining Twentieth Century Dress class. It is supported by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Fashion, the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, and the Student Exhibition Group.

Located in Hyde Park, accessible by Metra train stop at 53rd St. and #6 bus. Cross street, East Hyde Park Blvd. For more information & directions visit The Hyde Park Art Center's website below (or click on "Converging Patterns" under links.) or call (773) 324-5520.


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