Second Skin: Fabrics to Fashions, Textiles to Tattoos, an exhibit of fiber art and wearable art at New Hope Arts Center, is on view through Oct. 24.Pictured, at left, is “Dancer” by Kevan Lunney of E. Brunswick.
Ms. Lunney began her fascination with textiles while taking naps under her grandmother’s pastel, depression era quilts. She began sewing on her new Singer machine at age 9, while living in Ohio inspired by her grandmother’s, mother’s and her sister’s skills. By high school she made all of her own clothes, and began to experiment with tailoring and patternmaking. She studied Fine Art at Otterbein College, and then transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to study fashion design. After a career in New York City designing sleepwear, she designed hand-painted silk lingerie under her own label, Serenity.
Sculptural and framed fabric art, art jewelry and designer clothing will be featured. In addition, New Hope Arts is pleased to be honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a bra-art presentation organized by local artist Sharon Harrison in conjunction with Dr. William Scarlett of New Hope as part of Second Skin.
A silent auction is being held for the duration of the Second Skin exhibit. Patrons can bid on a wide array of items and baskets generously donated by New Hope and area merchants while enjoying the art show. The exhibit is in honor of Executive Director Robin Larsen, who began her long career in art and activism as a fiber artist, and is in the hospital.
Second Skin: Fabric to Fashion, Textiles to Tattoos is upstairs in the gallery at 2 Stockton Ave., Bridge St., New Hope. Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sun. noon – 5p.m. 215-862-9606