Artist: Mimi Haddon
Media: Fiber Art
Gallery: CSULB School of Art,
Mimi Haddon received a degree from CSULB in graphic designed. She graduated in 1994, but then received another Master of Fine Art in Fiber art. She had started these fiber art project a year and a half ago. She had started out by renting costumes and eventually she created them. She took a costume design class, but it just wasn’t the way that she worked. Majority of the time, she bounces around multiple projects as well as still shooting things because she’s a photographer. One of her greatest inspirations is Phillis Galimbo, who documents cultures around the world.
The texture on majority of her pieces are clothing. Most of where she gets her fabric are either donated or from Goodwill. Specifically, the one with the hanging balloons had caught my eye. She explains that she got her inspiration through the Santa Monica Pier arcade. It was probably one of those games where you have a dart, and you are to aim and pop the balloons. She had used t-shirt sleeves in order to achieve the ”deflated look”. They were all neatly aligned as how it were to be viewed at the Santa Monica Pier’s arcade. It doesn’t seem as if there was a particular pattern on how the colors should be placed.
She explains how she bases her idea of dissecting the clothing by ”giving them a new home”. Usually people just wear their clothes once or twice, then toss it away later. This project brings new life to things that would be discarded. As stated above, she was interested in making costumes. Thus, she discovered that costumes didn’t apply only for people to wear; rather yet, the material is viewed as a costume in a room or a space. This project is influence by the utilization of native materials of the world by indigenous culture.
I am fascinated at the fact that she basically gives these articles of clothes ”a new home”. It was great being able to see all of the different types of work she had in her exhibit. This is very unique and I’m interested in seeing what type of photography she captures. Although I wasn’t able to touch the art, I was able to observe the different type of textures. There were many layers laid down and there were a variety of styles; weaving, knotting, and braiding.