IF YOUR NOTION of wearable art is stuck in the ‘60s with macramé shawls and tie-dye T-shirts, you’re in for a big surprise October 6-8. That’s when the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear comes to the National Building Museum for a curated show and sale featuring 80 artists, including innovative designers from the country’s best design schools (F.I.T., Savannah School of Art and Design, Pratt, California College of the Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Look into the future of wearable art with creative new uses of materials. Think clothing made from 18th-century textile fragments, jewelry crafted from gemstones and rubber, and one-off handbag designs and artful accessories.
The three-day event kicks off Thursday night, October 6, with an awards ceremony followed by a preview party (tickets, $100, advance purchase only) to meet the artists, shop and dine. Hours for the show (tickets, $15 at the door) are Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 5:30pm. A special occasion for shopping together is Friends Night Out on Friday, October 7, 5:30 to 8:30pm; the $20 ticket price includes show entry, a specialty cocktail and music. Purchase tickets at smithsoniancraft2wear.org or call 888-832-9552.
Smithsonian Craft2Wear is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, an all-volunteer organization that supports the education, outreach and research programs of the Smithsonian Institution. The awe-inspiring National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW (202-272-2448).
Over the next couple of weeks, look for our posts profiling the participating artists.
Janet Kelly is the editor of MyLittleBird.
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