Alter/Overflow: Garment Making as Studio Practice
Brad Callahan and Vincent Tiley
2 week course || FIBER 619 001 || 3 credit hours || Lab Fee: $100
Using the multifaceted and often conflicting traditions of queer dress as a foundation, this garment-based class will introduce students to a spectrum of Fashion industry and DIY garment making techniques. Students will explore methods of alternative pattern making, up-cycling, textile manipulation, embellishment, and hand techniques to create new wearable art that exists between fashion, performance, and sculpture. Themes of gender, race, desire, fetish, and camp will be explored and expanded in both personal projects and group discussion. Artists and designers whose work will be discussed include but are not limited to Leigh Bowery, Narcissister, Claude Cahun, Rebecca Horn, Stephen Varble, Louise Bourgeois, Raul De Neives, K8 Hardy, Terence Koh and Nayland Blake as well as Patrick Kelly, Adrian, Rudi Gernriech, Eiko Ishioka, Iris van Herpen, Charlie le Mindu, Charles Worth, Paul Poiret, Erte, Jean Paul Lespagnard, and Shaye St. John. Experimentation is encouraged and students are invited to present their work as performances, videos, installations, party-personce, etc.
Brad Callahan is a graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For almost a decade, Brad Callahan’s brand BCALLA has been dressing New York nightlife icons and pop celebrities. His work has been worn by Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj and been published in V magazine, Vogue Italia and Dazed and Confused.
Brooklyn based artist Vincent Tiley received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2017 he participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) and was a 2013 participant at Artist Cooperative Residency and Exhibition (ACRE) program. His work has been featured and reviewed in Art in America, the Chicago Tribune, and Performa. The artist has been widely exhibited internationally including the Museum of Art and Design, the Leslie-Lohman Museum, AxeNeo7, CFHILL, and the International Museum of Surgical Science.