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Fashion-inspired art

Fashion-inspired art can be seen at different venues this weekend starting now and with an opening Friday night.

Fashion-inspired art at three different venues
James George
Turner's dress is the one on the right, made from encyclopedias.
Kathy Turner

Repurposing and reappropriating are words used by some to describe making art from scrap materials. (My daughter calls it scrap art and practices it regularly in London teaching children how to make the most of leftovers.)

Del Ray Artisans calls their show “Reincarnations.”

“Reincarnations: featuring Artycyclopedia show

Waste not, want not! Trash to treasure! Carbon footprint to artist imprint! This is what the Reincarnations show is all about! Curator Theresa Kulstad asked artists to find form and design in objects and materials that would have been otherwise thrown away, and let us all watch as waste is "reincarnated" into incredible works. The artists may dare to delve into a dumpster and re-think rubbish! Their artworks are not limited to conventional views and may make a statement on vast amounts of waste on our planet.”

For Arlington artist, Kathy Turner, this is not a new thing because a part of her regular artwork is repurposed and reclaimed stuff. In the Del Ray exhibit, hers is fashion-inspired.

Project Runway tried it last year with duct tape. Kathy is using old encyclopedias.

She described, “The purse, handbag and head sculpture were also made from the same encyclopedia volume. I also covered the manikin underneath with pages from the book.”

There are some great fashion inspirations at the Falls Church Artspace showing now. They include art from Theresa Stifel, a former seamstress and retailer who is in the business of making the most from vintage items. Also, there are several pieces called “Chorus Line” by artist Jacqlyn Sickler. Sickler's sculptures are amusingly arrayed with Theresa Stifel's fashionable figures.

There are at least three opportunities to see fashion-inspired art right now.

1. Del Ray Artisans
Opening Reception on Friday, February 7 from 7-10pm: Chat with the artists in the show and other art appreciators during the reception!

Del Ray Artisans gallery
in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center
Free admission, Open to the public
2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-1124

2. Falls Church Arts/Artspace

FCA GALLERY at ArtSpace Falls Church
410 S. Maple Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046

3. Stifel & Capra

260 West Broad Street
Falls Church, Virginia 22036

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