It’s no doubt that the four project finalists are continuing to make a difference in our community and has excited many contributors since the F.E.A.S.T. event. In fact, over two-weeks-ago, an anonymous donor bestowed $500 to Valeska Populoh’s Waste Not Want Not project.
Research Photos Courtesy Of: Valeska Populoh
Waste Not Want Not is an interactive performance project for public spaces. Inspired by stories of women who toiled in Baltimore’s garment industry, the project revolves around the fictitious Anneliese Wiege, a German immigrant who escaped the sweatshops in search of economic independence. Anneliese walks the streets gathering discarded clothes, then washes, overdyes and transforms these into infant goods for sale from her cart, built from a refurbished baby carriage and discarded furniture. The performance-project means to provoke meaningful dialogue about sustainability by addressing the contemporary issues of textile waste, collapse of the domestic garment industry and the centrality of labor.
With this charitable contribution, Waste Not Want Not is now fully funded to support the project's development throughout the remainder of this year. The $500 will be used to pay for materials, such as thread and indigo dye, as well as the time spent in developing the coloring book and workshops. Valeska Populoh will perform the project at a number of sites at Baltimore and Washington area public spaces and art institutions. She has identified the Museum of Industry, the Carroll Mansion, the Baltimore Historical Society and the Baltimore Farmer’s Market as possibilities. The performances will include mending and sewing demonstrations, textile waste collection days and children’s activities about the values of mending and reusing material.
This is astounding news that we wanted to share about F.E.A.S.T. and our F.E.A.S.T. project finalists. We hope that this success story will encourage readers to take the time to learn more about the F.E.A.S.T. projects and know that it’s still possible to support the artists.
For more information about any of the four project proposals, please refer to the links below:
- Patterson Clark: alienweeds.com
- Chanan Delivuk: chanandelivuk.com
- Margarita Morgan-Hubbard: ecocityfarms.org
Stay tuned for new announcements, call for proposals, and sponsorship opportunities for F.E.A.S.T. At VisArts #2 on our blog.