Toro is a Long Beach based independent curator, with an MA from USC in curatorial studies with a focus on public practice. His current projects include providing research assistance to artist Tania Bruguera, and to Sylvere Lotinger founder of Semiotext(e), the publisher known for introducing French theory.
Toro has been an active Sewing Rebellion participant for the past year and he is interested in non-traditional forms of art and teaching, offered at no cost, with the goal of building community and self-empowerment. For Toro, the ILGWU offers the opportunity to be part of a a participatory art practice and to use his leisure time to offer labor and to engage in gestures of generosity.
Gladys Garcia is a lifelong resident of Long Beach, CA. She spends much of her free time crafting, volunteering, and with her two dogs. She always had an interest in sewing and wanted to expand her creative abilities, luckily for her she came across the Sewing Rebellion while walking in her neighborhood.
Gladys became a Faux Frau because she believes the Sewing Rebellion is a positive resource for Long Beach and it’s residents. She hopes to expand her sewing skills all the while teaching new participants what she has learned by attending the Sewing Rebellion.
Full house at the Sewing Rebellion this past week:
Mr. O’C gets instruction from FF on how to sew on a patch
First timer Josue brought four pairs of jeans to hem.
Toro, Mr O’C and Michael, are heming, patching, mending.
Andrea, is doing some knock off pattern making of her favorite yoga pants.
Gladys used her math skills to pattern a scallop on a blouse!
Josue completed the hemming of his jeans.
Mr O’C shared this comic strip with the group!
Mr. O’C is a new participant, who achieved a pile of mending: jeans, shirt sleeves and his favorite shopping bag.
Saturday, March 15 2014
10 am – 3 pm
Do you have sewing skills?
Do you want to support Sewing Rebellions in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and your own communities?
Then Frau Fiber wants you to be a leader in her resistance army of sewers, by becoming a Faux Frau!
- You will learn how to operate all the machines at the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms!
- Learn how to share your sewing knowledge!
- Learn how to instruct basic sewing skills!
- Learn how to create written instructions!
Upon completion of this course participants will be awarded an official certificate of Sewing Rebellion operations, a replica of Frau Fiber’s cap and Sewing Rebellion patches.
A healthy energizing lunch will be served.
Frau Fiber wants you to generate warmth from all your fabric scraps! Crazy Quilt!
This Sunday, 4-7 pm at the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms, 346 E 3rd Street, Long Beach CA. Frau Fiber will demonstrate crazy quilt techniques, hand sewing, machine sewing, hand embroidery and quilting.
Here are a few samples of what is possible!
Wondering what to do with all your scraps, or you could use some of mine. Piece, stitch, combine and layer to create a warm winter blanket!
A quilt is a type of blanket, traditionally composed of 3 layers of cloth and fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of wadding or batting and a woven back, the layers are combined using a quilt stitch or tie. The stitch can be done by hand or machine. Quilting by hand provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down and bring a community of people together.
Here are some samples:
Victorian Mourning quilts
The Names Project: AIDS quilt
Gee’s Bends Quilts
Modern Quilt Guild
A Work Apron is an outer protective garment that overs the front and back of the body. The work apron is a common part of the work uniform for garment and textile workers, as well as waitresses, nurses, domestic workers, homemakers, cooks, blacksmiths and artists.
so you can purchase fabrics like a garment worker. Join Frau Fiber on Saturday Nov. 16, 9:30 AM @ ILGWU 346 E 3rd Street in the Art X complex, Long Beach for a trip to the LA Fashion District. Bring your bikes for distance from train to 9th street. Frau will show you her favorite fabric stores, as well as demonstrate how to negotiate with vendors. If you live in LA, meet at Michael Levine on 9th and Maple at 10:30.
Dear all, due to unforseen circumstances, Frau will be unable to lead the SR today. However you can sew from 11 am – 7 pm, during the Pussy Riot Sew in. So awesome LA artist / sewers will be present to assist and inform.