'Matelasse' is French for mattress

20130110-111528.jpg I'm working on a great wrap blouse for a client in a gorgeous fabric. It is a wool/silk blend fabric with a woven texture somewhere in between quilting and brocade. I have decided that it is 'matelasse'. It is reminiscent of fabulous 50's and 60's dinner dresses like this one from Balenciaga.

Such a fantastic fabric and a pleasure to work with...all the advantages and stability of wool with the luxury of silk. My client purchased this from Mood, thought I doubt there is any left.

Post//Trading

In May 2010, I participated in a series of shows at MEME gallery called "The Store Show". posttrading2My iteration was titled POST//TRADING. The description I presented at the time was this:

"We usually refer to this kind of space as a junk store, souvenir shop, antique market, trash pile, or knickknack shelf. POST//TRADING invites you to come interact with our wares and leave with a piece of history."

The space was set up like a sparse store or office. There is a desk where the proprietor sits, two plywood lounge chairs, a shelf displaying various objects from my apartment and studio, and closed circuit video surveillance.

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Visitors to the show were permitted to browse the wares as they pleased, but none of the objects were available for sale.

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The only thing visitors were able to purchase was video documentation of their visit to the store. There were a variety of different 'packages' at different price levels.

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Video was taken using an old hi8 camera and visible on a monitor from roughly the same era, to mimic a sort of outdated security system. Visitors could view themselves viewing the objects in the store while browsing.

Post//Trading 2010: Cruce & Josh from taylor MV on Vimeo.

While not many people were interested in purchasing deluxe packages (and others were horrified of the idea of being on camera) a few visitors opted for the 'Economy Web Package'. These visitors received a link to their uploaded video after 2 weeks.

To view the other videos, visit the POST//TRADING Vimeo Channel