by Josh Usmani, Cleveland Scene
The latest event at Canopy is part art exhibition, part fashion show. Bats in my Bouffant features collaborative works by visual artist and illustrator Angela Oster and textile artist Krista Tomorowitz. Opening with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 30, Bats in my Bouffant showcases garments crafted by Tomorowitz using sheer silk chiffon, hand-painted or printed with imagery by Oster. The silk used to create the clothing features Oster’s drawings and paintings repeated to create unique patterns.
Collaborating with local artists is an essential part of Krista Tomorowitz’s creative process. In her first collaborative exhibition, Tomorowitz collaborated with her husband, renowned local painter Timothy Callaghan at the legendary William Busta Gallery in 2015. Later that year, Tomorowitz collaborated with 13 local artists, creating garments from textiles painted by: Christi Birchfield, Timothy Callaghan, Rebecca Cross, Elizabeth Emery, Jason Frederick, Michael Loderstedt, Liz Maugans, Christian Mickovic, Jessica Pinsky, Katy Richards, Corrie Slawson, Annmarie Suglio and Royden Watson. Fatefully, Praxis was where Tomorowitz first met Angela Oster.
“This show is a result of Krista and I meeting at a class she taught at Praxis Fiber Studio,” says Oster. “We kind of hit it off, and we've been working together since the beginning of the year. I've hand-drawn on fabric and have had some of my drawings printed on fabric through an online platform (Spoonflower). Krista is designing and sewing them into clothes which will be available at the show. The hand-drawn designs are one-of-a-kind garments, but we will take orders for the printed designs.”
The show also features original drawings by Oster, including her Bouffant Ghouls and Thread Heads, which bridge the gap between the garments and the more traditional works on paper.
“The thread heads came about kind of by accident,” Oster says. “I wanted to make unique invites with hand-drawn heads with thread for hair. This was impractical, but I got hooked on using the thread as hair and I felt it was kind of a bridge between the traditional drawings in the show and the garments we were making. The heads are kind of tributes to famous big haired ladies, and also as portraits of friends - little love letters! I will also show a whole body of work along with the clothes, including many drawings and watercolors with my ‘Bouffant Ghouls.’”
During Friday’s opening reception, music will be provided by Kristin Plambeck (Garageland on WCSB).
Can’t make it to Canopy on Friday night? Bats in my Bouffant remains on view at Canopy until July 23.
(Canopy) 3910 Lorain Ave., 216-309-1090, canopy-collective.com