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Mending a Life Workshop

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Plant Chicago

4459 South Marshfield Avenue

Chicago, IL 60609

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We invite you to bring in an item of clothing, household, or textile item that is in need of mending.

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Join artist Catherine Schwalbe for a mending event at Plant Chicago. This Social Practice work is titled "Before and After - Mending a life after a pandemic or some other catastrophic event in your life." Please come any time between 1PM and 4PM to participate in this mending workshop.

Following the most current CDC guidelines, and taking advantage of as much fresh air as possible, the artist has invited you to bring in a clothing item (or two) or household textile that is need of mending. We will be taking advantage of the expansive front yard of Plant Chicago for this gathering and we hope you will join us! From holes in socks to button replacement, torn seams to hems (no zippers please!), we will mend together, as a metaphor for the collective process of mending our lives and communities. We understand that we are still in the process of experiencing a global pandemic, and our interdependence is more prescient than ever. Catherine has invited you in to sit down, consider learning or sharing a skill, reduce waste, and be with fellow humans, as we mend our individual and collective lives.

All anticipated supplies provided including thread, needles, buttons, elastic, sewing machine, iron, mending eggs, etc. provided by the artist.

About Catherine:

Born and raised Wisconsin - in a 130 yr old+stone house. Schwalbe came from a family of 9 children– most, comfortable using their hands. Chicago resident for nearly 40 years. Schwalbe completed a BFA with a sculpture concentration at UW Milwaukee in 1983. Took additional classes at Artist Bookworks, Columbia College for the Book and Paper Arts, Lillstreet Art Center, and Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center. Schwalbe’s capability to work part time as a Recreation Therapist/Consultant, in 1998, following graduate coursework in Recreation Therapy, aided in her ability to create a more solid art practice. As with many, Schwalbe will be shifting her life and reorganizing priorities in a post(ish) pandemic world, and putting both feet into her art practice. Schwalbe is a maker of objects and creator of experiences that may include mixed media, sculpture, found objects, bronze & iron, installation & site specific works all centered around issues and aesthetics related to food systems, water, agriculture, and being human. Schwalbe has Haptic Studios for more mixed media works and has been a long time member of Lillstreet Studios at Lillstreet Art Center, though she believes art happens where the artist is. She teaches a class in the Summer at Lillstreet called The Art of Food – the class evolves every year based on a theme related to food, art, and connection. Schwalbe’s social practice works have been born out of the need and comfort with engaging people, and understood (now) as an overlap with her recreation therapy practice. Schwalbe adheres to the Fluxus philosophy:

“The distinction between Art and Life is irrelevant.”

Website: www.casbah3d.com

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4459 South Marshfield Avenue

Chicago, IL 60609

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Plant Chicago's mission is to cultivate local circular economies. 

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