April Production

2017/04/01

History:  The Salt March.  In protest of Britian’s Salt Acts, Ghandi lead a 240 mile,  24 day march, which concluded April 5, 1930 at the coastal village of Dandi, on the Arbian Sea, in India.

The March was prompted by Britain’s Salt Acts prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt, a staple in the Indian diet. Citizens were forced to buy the vital mineral from the British, who exercised a monopoly and heavy taxes over the manufacture and sale of salt.

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Production Action: Soft Guerrilla Nonviolent Civil Disobedient Sock Puppets

Gleaning from Gandhi’s example of protest and change, partnered with Faux Frau Judith’s sock making skills, the Sewing Rebellion will instruct participants to make sock puppets, as a vehicle for communicating soft guerrilla nonviolent civil disobedience.

Please bring miss matched and single socks for this workshop.

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Locations:

Saturday April 8, 12-4 pm The Center, Long Beach CA.
Hosted by Faux Frau Lauren.

Saturday April 15, 2:30-4:30 pm, The Main branch of Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Sunday April 16, 5-9 pm, ILGWU, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.
Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s.

Sunday April 16, 2:30-5:30 Building 61, Makers Space, Main Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO  Hosted by Faux Frau Steven Frost

Saturday April 22, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd LA. Hosted by Los Angeles Faux Frau’s and Frau Fiber.

 

Personal Production March 19

2017/03/21

Caftan production by June

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Mending holes in kids cloths by Jennie

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Seeking statements about the Sewing Rebellion

2017/03/19

Hello Sewing Rebellion Community, I am working on the first Sewing Rebellion book, and am seeking statements about how the Sewing Rebellion has influenced your life, sewing practice, mending actions, etc.

Please email your thoughts and reflections to:

fraufiber@gmail.com

March Sewing Rebellion

2017/02/28

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In Your Factory Are The Doors Locked?

One hundred and six years ago on March 25, a fire spread through the cramped Triangle Waist Company garment factory on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building in lower Manhattan. Workers in the factory, many of whom were young women recently arrived from Europe, had little time or opportunity to escape. The rapidly spreading fire killed 146 workers.  The public outcry over what was clearly a preventable tragedy brought a renewed sense of urgency to the labor movement and to other groups working to improve women’s and immigrants’ rights in the
workplace.

While American workplace history has changed radically, global garment production workplace conditions have not. Bangladesh the new capital of fast fashion has seen the following disasters:

April 24, 2013: 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse. An eight-story factory building collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and killed 1129 people.

November 24, 2012: Dhaka Tasreen Fashions fire. A seven-story factory fire outside of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killed at least 112 people, 12 from jumping out of windows to escape the blaze.

September 11, 2012: Karachi, Pakistan, 289 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory, which made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.

As a reminder to put workers first, through out the month of March, Frau Fiber will continue to produce 146 knock off triangle shirt waist blouses.

Cut, Pleat, Stitch. Men’s shirt transformed into a Triangle Shirtwaist Blouse.

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Saturday March 11, 12-4 pm The Center, Long Beach CA.
Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s
Saturday March 18, 2:30-4:30 pm, The Main branch of Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Sunday March 19, 5-9 pm, ILGWU, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.
Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s.

Saturday March 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd LA.
Hosted by Los Angeles Faux Frau’s and Frau Fiber.

Sunday March 25, 2:30-5:30 Building 61, Makers Space, Main Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO  Hosted by Faux Frau Steven Frost

Elon Sewing Rebellion

2017/02/28

Elon University Maker’s Hub, the Department of Art and Art History and local Faux Frau LM Woods,  hosted a Sewing Rebellion on Feb. 21.

Students and Faculty produced East German Shopping Bags, Boulder Bike Caps, Mend America patches and did some mending.

Photographer: Emily Genzer

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From Boulder

2017/01/31

Faux Frau Steven Frost rocks!  check out this video on the Boulder Chapters Mend America stitch in.

3-8’s

2017/01/30

Looking back @ The Silk Strike, Paterson NJ 1913

the fought for: 3-8’s WORK, REST, PLEASURE

They were:
Skilled immigrant labor
cut across traditional lines of craft and sex

The convergence between art, socialism, the women’s movement and the industrial union movement, the personal and the political defined the silk strike of 1913. The feminist movement and the industrial union movement were transforming America in 1913; IWW strikes and the battle for women’s suffrage were the symptoms and the instruments of progress.

2017:  how many workers in the gig economy have 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest and 8 hours of pleasure?

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silk mill workers assemble for a rally outside the Botto House.

STOP SHOPPING START MAKING & WEARING
Body Banners: personal free speech wearables.

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frau fiber’s sample Kaftan Body Banner, made from t-shirts, jersey remnants and muslin.

 

 

  • Materials: MAKE DO
  • Techniques: stencil / simple rectangle garments, up-cycling over printing on t-shirts.
  • Stencil your message on a:
    • hat
    • scarf
    • kaftan
    • t-shirt, cape
    • sash
    • halter tops

Sunday Feb. 5, 2:30-5:30 Building 61, Makers Space, Main Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO  Hosted by Faux Frau Steven Frost

Saturday Feb. 11, 12-4 pm The Center, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Thursday Feb. 16, 5-7 pm, The Main branch of Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Library participants made Boulder Bicycle Caps
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Gloria, Emma, Marbely, Jokson and Chase.

Sunday Feb. 19, 5-9 pm, ILGWU, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.  Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s.

anonymous Body Banner participants:

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Tuesday Feb. 21, 6-8 pm, Maker Hub, Harper Hall, Colonnades Neighborhood, Elon University, Elon NC

Saturday Feb. 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd LA.  Hosted by Los Angeles Faux Frau’s and Frau Fiber.

Good Not Goods

2016/12/27

Good not Goods

The Sewing Rebellion continues it’s commitment to providing equipment and knowledge to make do and mend, while also committing this year to looking back at the history of labor and protest, as a model for being vigilant participants today.

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1912: Lawrence Textile Strike AKA Blood and Roses

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread. Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for – but we fight for roses, too.
by James Oppenheim

 

Stop Shopping Start Expressing Your Freedom of Speech!
banner making basics

Materials:
make do. any material can be a banner.

Technqiue:
applique.  ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck (pinned, fused, stapled) onto a large piece of fabric to form images and text.

Use: your voice on a pole, on your bike, on your car, in your yard, and one your body.

 

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Sewing Rebellion Production Schedule: 

Sunday January 8, 2:30-5:30 pm, The Boulder Public Library 

Saturday January 14, 12-4 pm The Center 

Sunday January 15, 5-9 pm ILGWU

Saturday January 21, 2:30-4:30 pm, The Main Library 

Thursday January 26, 3-6:30 pm, TEENS ONLY The Center

Saturday Jan 28, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming 

December Production

2016/11/30

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Friday Dec. 2, 3-6:30 pm, MTYE Ages 13-18, The Center   Quilt making and Doll Making

Sunday Dec. 4, 2:30-5:30 pm, Boulder Public Library

Sunday Dec. 4, 11 am – 5 pm, MOLAA Craft & Beyond Festival  From the scrap bin / Holiday card making

Saturday Dec. 10, 12-4 pm, The Center  From the scrap bin / Holiday card making and mending.

November Production

2016/10/31

Saturday Nov 6, 2:30-5:30 pm Project: Cycling Caps Boulder Public Library

Project at the following SR: t-shirt up cycle covers for bowls, and casseroles, bring a t-shirt to up-cycle.

Saturday Nov 5/6, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd, LA

Saturday Nov 6, 5-9 pm, ILGWU 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.

Saturday Nov 12, 12-4 pm, The Center 2017 E 4th Street, Long Beach CA

Saturday Nov. 19, 2:30-4:40 pm, The Studio @ Downtown Library 101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach

Sunday Nov. 20, 5-9 pm, ILGWU 322 Elm Ave Long Beach CA

 

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