Christine just finished a car lot-style banner for Pittsburgh’s Fun-A-Day 2015. The banner, made up of 31 textile flags and pennants, will be hung from the gallery ceiling during the Fun-A-Day show in February.
Fun-A-Day is a multi-city event in which artists create art for an entire month and then display it together in a gallery. Christine went as literal as she could, sewing the word “FUN” once for every day of the month. The resulting riot of typefaces and textiles is greater than the sum of its parts.
In the Pittsburgh area? Here’s show details:
Fun-A-Day Pittsburgh Mr Roboto Project, 5106 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, 2015, 7pm-10pm
Saturday, February 7, 2015, hours TBD
Sunday, February 8, 2015, hours TBD
Christine and I have known Doug Sohn for many years. We met the Chicago sausage emporium kingpin through our mutual friend Mark Bello, back when Mark was involved in the day-to-day running of Right-On Futon. Mark designed the restaurant’s big-top decor and vibrant signage. Whenever I was in Chicago working on a Right-On Futon window display, we always had a dinner break at Hot Doug’s.
On our last visit in December with Right-On Futon co-owner Liz Hegel, Christine looked around the paraphernalia-bedecked restaurant and announced, “I’m going to make something for Hot Doug!”
Christine decided to sew a chain of felt pennants illustrating the Chicago-expression for “all-dressed”: Run It Through The Garden. An all-dressed Chicago hot dog comes with mustard, bright green relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, hot peppers and celery salt. Christine included representations of each garnish on her pennant design, along with a cheeky naked hot dog.
Once Christine finished the pennants, she put them in a padded envelope and sent them to Doug. He was pleased:
I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful pennant gift. I’m incredibly flattered and it looks totally cool hung up in the restaurant.
Her 10″x10″ fabric pieces will be mounted and exhibited in the Swizzle Studio space in April, along with my still-in-progress Power Portraits 1965-1989.
These projects were a trial run of Fun-A-Day, wherein a group of people agree to do a creative project every day for a set number of days. For more information on Fun-A-Day, check out this link: