Saturday, 6 February 2010

Grafitti stitch chairs for Haiti appeal

As part of the San Francisco leg of the Open Source Embroidery exhibition, curated by Ele Carpenter, that we've been taking part in we invited visitors to graffiti stitch two yellow armchairs (see images below) whilst they listened to a selection of audio tracks created by the sampler-cultureclash collective.
It's great to see how much the chairs have been transformed during the exhibition, from blank yellow canvas into a new archive of communal stitched work, with personal tags, warm wishes and even an english penny stitched into the chair requesting "a penny for your thoughts" - beautiful.

The chairs will be auctioned alongside a wide range of other contemporary and folk art on 21 February in the city of Tiburon to raise money for the survivors of the recent terrible earthquake in Haiti.  The auctioneer will be curator Ted Cohen.  Thanks to everyone at the museum and Ele for helping to arrange all this, and including the work in the auction.

We are delighted that the chairs, decorated by so many people during the exhibition, will be going to such an important cause, and we hope that they will raise as much money as possible, and end up in a good home.

The Auction takes place on Sunday 21 February
Silent Auction 12-4.30pm / Live Auction 5pm
Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd

I'll let you know what happens.

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