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Create a mask with cardboard, paint, yarn, fabric and other objects. Although this workshop is for adults, participants are encouraged to cast off preconceptions of sophistication and perfection in favor of loose and free design, and an improvisational view of materials. As a group, we will invent a collaborative dance that responds to the architectural space of the Camera Obscura. Wear clothing to move in.
During all workshops with Mimi, she will be looking for participants to pose for photographs for possible inclusion in her Camera residency project. Let her know if you’d like to take part!
As a Camera Obscura Studio Resident August 7 – November 13, 2019, costume designer and photographer Mimi Haddon is considering ideas of adaptation and territory, utilizing mask, costume and movement with posed members of the public. She is documenting the archetypes and characters that participants create in response to transformative costuming, and will include selected portraits in a book about the newly forged narratives and connections that emerge out of this process.
Mimi Haddon uses fiber sculpture as a tool to explore archetypes. She prefers to show her work outside of gallery walls and in unexpected locations, and enjoys the freedom of responding to spaces not normally reserved for artistically charged notions. Through her use of color, light and awkward body references, she infuses a sense of humor into her creature-like sculptures. Since graduating with her MFA from Otis College of Art & Design in Fiber Art, she has collaborated with Heidi Duckler Dance Company, creating costumes and soft sculptures for their site-specific performances. She is currently working on a coffee table book about Palace Costume Company, one of the largest costume rental houses in Los Angeles.
Camera Obscura Art Lab is a program of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs #ArtSaMo